This audit would assess whether the $40 million in grant funding awarded to Fox Sports Australia is being appropriately administered by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.

Grant funding was awarded in 2017 ($30 million) and 2020 ($10 million) to support television and online coverage of under-represented sports. The focus of the audit would be on whether the department has, consistent with the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines:

  • implemented a grant agreement that has defined grant activity deliverables, scheduled payments according to progress, specified reporting requirements and acquittal procedures that are proportional to the risks involved; and
  • appropriately managed the grant agreement to achieve its purpose and secure the anticipated benefits, including through timely adherence to reporting that demonstrates the grant funding is being used as intended and key performance indicators are being met.