While recognising the diversity of administrative requirements for different special payments, the audit provides a basis for comparison of performance across 14 different agencies in 1997-98 and progress made since the then Joint Committee of Public Accounts report 342 The administration of specific purpose payments. The objectives of the audit were to:

  • identify and benchmark current practices in the management of performance information within SPP agreements;
  • document the lessons learned including better practice from different agencies;
  • provide a longitudinal analysis of progress since 1995; and
  • provide practical guidance for the development and implementation of appropriate performance information systems and accountability.