The Auditor-General responded on 8 September 2015 to correspondence from Senator Lee Rhiannon on 10 August 2015 regarding the WestConnex road building project in NSW.

Auditor-General’s Response

8 September 2015

Senator Lee Rhiannon
Senator for New South Wales
Parliament House

Dear Senator Rhiannon

WestConnex Project

Thank you for your letter of 10 August 2015 requesting an audit of the WestConnex Project.

A potential audit of the approval and administration of the $3.5 billion Australian Government funding towards construction of this project is included in the Australian National Audit Office’s Audit Work Program July 2015. The work program includes more than 150 potential performance audit topics across the range of Australian Government portfolios, but with our available resources we typically conduct around 50 performance audits each year.

A decision on whether to conduct an audit of the WestConnex Project will be made later in the financial year once we have completed our current audit of the East West Link Project. This decision will also have regard to other performance audit priorities and the extent of performance audit coverage in the Infrastructure and Regional Development portfolio.

Yours sincerely

Grant Hehir

Correspondence from Senator Lee Rhiannon