This audit would assess the effectiveness of the National Indigenous Australians Agency’s (NIAA’s) arrangements to control the risk of grant recipient fraud and noncompliance.

Through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, the NIAA is administering a $5.2 billion grants program over the four years to 2022–23. As at February 2020, the NIAA was funding 1,838 grants to over 1,000 service providers, valued at $3.97 billion. Inadequate control of fraud and noncompliance would create a significant risk of misuse of public money, and would have a detrimental impact on the performance and availability of services to Indigenous Australians. The audit would provide assurance that the NIAA has effective arrangements supporting the integrity of programs aimed at improving the lives of Indigenous peoples.