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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Removal of Same Sex Discrimination Information Campaign
Wednesday 4th March 2009
ATO Tax Bonus Campaign (Phase One) 2009
Friday 27th February 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.
Education Tax Refund Campaign (January - July 2009) - materials related to languages other than English
Thursday 19th February 2009The objectives of the campaign are to increase knowledge and awareness, among people for whom English is not a convenient language, 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.
Economic Security Strategy Campaign Phase 2 (January - June 2009) - materials in languages other than English
Thursday 29th January 2009
Education Tax Refund Campaign (January - July 2009) - English materials only
Friday 23rd January 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 Security Public Information Campaign (February - April 2009)
Friday 23rd January 2009
Education Tax Refund Campaign (January - July 2009) - direct mail-out materials only
Tuesday 20th January 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.
Economic Security Strategy Campaign Phase 2 (January - June 2009)
Friday 16th January 2009
Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Campaign (February 2009)
Wednesday 7th January 2009The Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (AML/CTF Act) forms part of a legislative package that implements reforms to Australia's anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regulatory regime. There are elements of the Act that did not commence until December 2008. This campaign is focused on targeted public awareness regarding the new elements of the Act.
Defence Force Recruitment Campaign (November 2008 - June 2009) - Navy Television Commercial
Wednesday 24th December 2008This 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 Navy TVC has been developed to enhance and support the current suite of Navy commercials.