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.
Bringing Nurses Back into the Workforce 2009 Campaign
Friday 22nd May 2009
Electronic Medicare Claiming Campaign - Materials in Languages other than English - 2009
Friday 22nd May 2009Electronic Medicare claiming allows patients to claim their Medicare rebate electronically at the doctor's surgery. The purpose of the campaign is to increase public awareness and use of this scheme and to encourage medical service providers such as doctor's surgeries to take up the scheme.
Education Tax Refund Campaign (Phase 3)
Friday 15th May 2009The objectives of the campaign are to increase knowledge and awareness of the Education Tax Refund, the need to keep receipts, eligibility requirements, and how to claim the refund, with the overall objective of encouraging eligible Australians to make a claim for a rebate.
National Sexually Transmissible Infections Prevention Program: Sexual Health Campaign (May 2009 - June 2010)
Friday 15th May 2009The campaign for the National STI Prevention Program is designed to inform young Australians aged 15-29 years about the transmission, symptoms, treatment and prevention of STIs, and encourage safe sexual behaviour to contribute to a reduction in the prevalence of sexually transmissible infections among this age group.
Defence Force Recruitment - Campaign in support of AFL 2009 sponsorship arrangements
Monday 11th May 2009As part of its recruitment activities, the Army has a sponsorship arrangement with the AFL to capitalise on the AFL's strong following amongst the 17-24 age groups, which is the Defence Force Recruiting target market. The sponsorship saw the development of the AFL Army Award, which recognises and rewards the common values of the Army and the AFL. The advertising campaign is designed to promote the sponsorship and encourage AFL supporters to vote for nominated players for the AFL Army Award, with the overall objective of attracting members of the target audience to consider a career in the Australian Defence Force.
Defence Force Recruitment (November 2008 - June 2009) - Navy Technical Trades Radio Commercial Campaign
Monday 11th May 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 recruitment target. The radio commercials advertise the Navy's technical trade positions and have been developed to enhance and support the current suite of Navy commercials.
Tax Bonus 2009 (Phase Four) Campaign
Thursday 7th May 2009The campaign's objectives are to encourage people to lodge an 07/08 tax return and to update their address and direct deposit details with the ATO, to manage expectations about the arrival date for the payments and provide information about what to do if the payments are not received.
National Eye Health Awareness Campaign 2009
Wednesday 29th April 2009
Electronic Medicare Claiming Campaign
Thursday 23rd April 2009Electronic Medicare claiming allows patients to claim their Medicare rebate electronically at the doctor's surgery. The purpose of the campaign is to increase public awareness and use of this scheme and to encourage medical service providers such as doctor's surgeries to take up the scheme.
National Drugs Campaign (April - June 2009)
Thursday 16th April 2009The aim of the campaign is to contribute to a reduction in the uptake of methamphetamines and other illicit drugs among young Australians, by raising awareness of the harms associated with drug use and by encouraging and supporting decisions not to use. It is also intended to encourage young people using methamphetamines to reconsider their use and direct them to relevant support, counselling and treatment services.