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.
Economic Security Strategy Campaign Phase 1 (November - December 2008) - materials in languages other than English
Tuesday 2nd December 2008The Economic Security Strategy (ESS) campaign is intended to inform the community of aspects of the Australian Government's response to the global financial crisis. This component of the campaign is designed to raise awareness, among those for whom English is not a convenient language, of the financial assistance available, in the form of lump sum payments, and of access and eligibility requirements.
National Binge Drinking Campaign (November 2008 - June 2009) - Radio Commercial in Languages other than English
Tuesday 2nd December 2008The campaign's objectives are to raise awareness, among those for whom English is not a convenient language, 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.
Australian Better Health Initiative Campaign (October 2008 - June 2009) - Indigenous communication materials
Thursday 20th November 2008The ABHI campaign is an information campaign, largely in cooperation with other states (excl Victoria) which promotes improved public health and reduced incidence of chronic disease. This component of the campaign takes a culturally relevant approach and includes advertising content and messages delivered through Indigenous media channels.
Defence Force Recruitment Campaign (November 2008 - June 2009)
Thursday 20th November 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 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.
Economic Security Strategy Campaign Phase 1 (November - December 2008) `
Thursday 20th November 2008The Economic Security Strategy (ESS) campaign is intended to inform the community of aspects of the Australian Government's response to the global financial crisis. This campaign is designed to raise awareness of the financial assistance, in the form of lump sum payments, including access and eligibility requirements. Phase One is targeted at over five million pensioners, carers, seniors, people with a disability, veterans and families.
National Binge Drinking Campaign (November 2008 - June 2009)
Tuesday 18th November 2008The 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.
Smartraveller Public Information Campaign (November 2008 - June 2009)
Tuesday 18th November 2008The campaign aims to promote the role of travel advisories and encourage Australians to use them as a routine part of overseas travel preparation. It seeks to reduce the number of Australians encountering difficulties overseas, and by leading more Australians to use safe travel tools, the campaign aims to improve the Government?s ability to be able to communicate with and assist Australians in the event of a consular emergency.
National Skin Cancer Awareness Campaign (Summer 2008 - 2009)
Sunday 16th November 2008The Australian Government has identified cancer as one of the seven National Health Priority Areas. The campaign targets young Australians 13-24 years of age and young adults 18-24 years of age as they have the worst sun protection behaviours and the highest frequency of sunburn. The campaign aims to educate young Australians about the importance of protecting themselves from skin cancer in five ways (hat, shade, sunscreen, sunglasses and sun protective clothing).
Australian Better Health Initiative Campaign (October 2008 - June 2009) - Materials in Languages other than English
Friday 24th October 2008The ABHI campaign is an information campaign, largely in cooperation with other states (excl Victoria) which promotes improved public health and reduced incidence of chronic disease. The campaign aims to update public perceptions on lifestyle choices and risk factors leading to obesity and resultant disease. It is anticipated that people will take positive action to be more active and modify their diet, leading to a reduction in instances of diseases.
2008 Liquids, Aerosols and Gels Technology Trials Advertising Campaign - Video News Release
Friday 17th October 2008The objective of the Liquids Aerosols and Gels (LAGS) Trials is to assess the capability of various screening technologies to detect explosives in LAGs, with the ultimate objective of providing information to the Australian Government on the effectiveness and efficiency of the screening technology (in aviation security). The proposed public awareness strategy aims to raise awareness of the Trials amongst the travelling public, encourage their participation, and inform them of their rights and obligations during the Trials.