The audit objectives were to report on the efficiency and effectiveness of selected agencies' management of telecommunications services. The specific purpose was to:

  • identify the potential for more effective management of telecommunications services;
  • consider the appropriateness of Commonwealth agencies' management of telecommunications services to take advantage of technological opportunities; and
  • identify the elements of sound administration in the management of telecommunications services.

The audit criteria addressed agencies' performance against benchmarks of sound administrative practice in relation to procurement; planning; business process re-engineering; financial management; and performance management. The audit focussed primarily on telecommunications services, as distinct from capital items and equipment.