In addition to conducting performance and financial statement audits, the Auditor-General undertakes other assurance activities. These generally consist of reviews undertaken by agreement with the client, either at the request of the client or in response to requests from stakeholders, including Ministers and Parliamentary Committees. These activities include the Defence Materiel Organisation's Major Projects Report. Individual assurance activities may be handled through the issue of a formal report or by correspondence.
Defence Materiel Organisation - Major Projects Report
Increased transparency and accountability on progress with major Defence equipment acquisitions has been a focus of Parliamentary interest for some time. Beginning in 2007-08, an annual program has been established in conjunction with the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) to enable the ANAO to review and report to the Parliament on the status of major Defence acquisition projects, as set out in the DMO's Major Projects Report. The review includes information relating to the cost, schedule and capability performance of individual projects as at 30 June each year.
ANAO reports on the DMO Major Projects are made publicly available through the ANAO website.
The 2012–13 Major Projects Report is scheduled to be tabled during Spring 2013.
Assurance Audits of Performance Information
In December 2011 amendments were made to the Auditor-General Act 1997, providing the Auditor-General the explicit authority to undertake audits of the appropriateness of Australian Government entities’ performance indicators and the completeness and accuracy of their reporting in entities’ annual reports.
The ANAO, as a consequence of these amendments, has established a project team within the Assurance Audit Services Group and commenced an audit pilot project for providing assurance over entities’ performance indicators. The project has been designed to assess the status of the Australian Government performance measurement and reporting framework as a basis for implementation of a future program of audits of entities’ performance indicators, and to develop a suitable audit methodology.
ANAO Report No.28 2012–13The Australian Government Performance Measurement and Reporting Framework, Pilot Project to Audit Key Performance Indicators, provides a summary of the work completed to date. The report concluded that entities continue to experience challenges in developing and implementing meaningful performance indicators, and that the administrative framework supporting the development and auditing of performance indicators remains problematic.
In 2013–14, the ANAO will continue to invest resources in developing, refining and testing an approach for the systematic audit of Australian Government entities’ performance indicators. The criteria developed by the ANAO to assist in assessing the appropriateness, and completeness and accuracy, of Australian Government entities’ performance indicators can be found through the link below:
For further information please contact Mr Michael White, Executive Director by email on email@example.com or by phone on (02) 6203 7393
Government Information and Advertising Campaigns
On Wednesday 31 March 2010 the Government announced a policy decision that amends the governance framework for government advertising and information campaigns undertaken by Departments and Agencies. The decision abolishes the role of the Auditor-General in providing an independent review report to the Minister responsible for the agency undertaking the campaign on the proposed campaign's compliance with the Government's guidelines.
The Auditor-General's review reports on government advertising campaigns up to 31 March 2010 are still publicly available below.
Defence Force Recruitment (1 January 2010 - 3 July 2010) Campaign
Thursday 17th December 2009This campaign aims to attract the right people to sustain and enhance Defence capability by generating enough enquiries to successfully meet Australian Defence Force's (ADF) recruitment target. The campaign has been developed to position the ADF as a preferred employer among the target audience by establishing the brand positions of each of the services and by advertising a range of positions offered in the ADF.
Digital Switchover Campaign - Phase Two (local tailored and NESB Indigenous multi-regional components)
Tuesday 8th December 2009The Digital Switchover campaign aims to provide all Australians with a smooth transition from analogue to digital television. Phase Two is a two pronged approach of multi-regional communications targeting the broader Australian population, combined with further targeted communications in each switchover area prior to the analogue signals being switched off. The first region to switchover is the Mildura/Sunraysia region on the 30 June 2010. Tailored local communications will be targeted to this region from January 2010 until 2 weeks past the switchover date.
Digital Switchover Campaign - Phase Two (Multi-regional component)
Tuesday 17th November 2009The Digital Switchover Campaign aim is to provide all Australians with a smooth transition from analogue to digital television by 31 December 2013. The second phase of the campaign aims to maintain awareness levels and drive conversion, especially in areas where the switchover is imminent, while also ensuring that that those households who have not yet converted to digital are aware of what will happen if they don't.
National Skin Cancer Awareness Campaign - Summer 2009-10
Wednesday 28th October 2009The Summer 2009-10 National Skin Cancer Awareness Campaign's aim is to educate young Australians about the seriousness of, and their susceptibility to, skin cancer and to increase their adoption of the five key sun protection behaviours (Wearing a hat, staying in the shade, applying sunscreen, wearing sunglasses and sun protective clothing).
National Binge Drinking Campaign (November 2009 - June 2010)
Tuesday 27th October 2009The National Binge Drinking Campaign's objectives are to raise awareness of the harms and costs to young people, their families, communities and society associated with drinking to intoxication, to encourage young people and their parents to question the acceptability and impact of intoxicated behaviour, to highlight the influence that parental attitudes to alcohol misuse and adult behaviour and drinking to intoxication can have on others and provide referral and support information for those who recognise a need to seek help.
Defence Force Recruitment Air Force Priority Jobs 2009
Thursday 8th October 2009
Smartraveller Campaign (October - December 2009)
Friday 11th September 2009The Smartraveller public information campaign aims to reinforce the message that every traveller has a responsibility to ensure their own safety, and informs Australians of the consular assistance and travel advisory services provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
Secure and Sustainable Pensions Campaign September 2009 - Additional Materials
Tuesday 8th September 2009The campaign's objective is to raise awareness and understanding of the Secure and Sustainable Pension reforms announced in the 2009-10 Budget measures, and in particular how they relate to the individual circumstances of current pension recipients for whom English is not a convenient language.
New Employment Services Campaign 2009 (Indigenous Press and Radio Materials)
Thursday 3rd September 2009
Secure and Sustainable Pensions Campaign September 2009
Thursday 3rd September 2009