The Auditor-General responded on 19 April 2017, and followed-up on 19 July 2017, to correspondence from the Hon. Wayne Swan MP dated 27 March 2017, requesting that the Auditor-General conduct an investigation to examine the operation of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), its independence and the quality of the systems and analyses being implemented.

Auditor-General's follow-up

19 July 2017

Mr Wayne Swan MP
Federal Member for Lilley
By email: wayne.swan.mp@aph.gov.au

Dear Mr Swan

I am writing in relation to your recent correspondence outlining your request for audit coverage of the operation of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), its independence and the quality of the systems and analyses being implemented.

As advised in my earlier letter, I have considered your request in the context of the development of the Australian National Audit Office’s Annual Audit Work Program for 2017–18. On the basis of this consideration, a potential performance audit topic has been included on the program titled Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.

The program is available from the ANAO’s website at https://www.anao.gov.au/work-program.

It should be noted that the composition of the program may change as more detailed planning is undertaken or as other issues emerge or priorities are identified over the course of the year.

Yours sincerely

Grant Hehir
Auditor-General

Auditor-General's response

19 April 2017

Mr Wayne Swan MP
Federal Member for Lilley
PO Box 182
NUNDAH QLD 4012

By email: Wayne.Swan.MP@aph.gov.au

Dear Mr Swan

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

I am writing in response to your letter of 27 March 2017, requesting that I consider undertaking an audit of the operation of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), its independence and the quality of the systems and analyses being implemented.

My office is currently progressing work on the annual audit work program, which is due to be published in mid-2017. The program is designed to inform the Parliament, the public and government entities of planned audit coverage to commence in 2017–18. I have noted your concerns in relation to the NAIF and I will consider undertaking an audit of the operations of NAIF as part of the annual audit work program.

Yours sincerely

Grant Hehir

Correspondence from the Hon. Wayne Swan MP