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.Click here to view all the DMO Major Projects Reports.
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 Independent Review of Government Arrangements 26 February 2010, the Guidelines on Information and Advertising Campaigns by Australian Government Departments and Agencies March 2010, and the Auditor-General's letter to the Special Minister of State in response to the review may be accessed via the link below.
The Auditor-General's review reports on government advertising campaigns up to 31 March 2010 are still publicly available below.
Australian Better Health Initiative Campaign (October 2008 - June 2009)
Tuesday 14th 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 SmartGate Public Information Campaign (October 2008)
Friday 10th October 2008The purpose of the campaign is to: raise traveller awareness of SmartGate (an automated passenger processing system utilising ePassports); encourage travellers to choose to use SmartGate; increase current usage; and guide travellers how to use it before they arrive at the Customs border. The use of SmartGate is voluntary as eligible travellers have the option of being processed manually by a Customs Officer.
2008 Liquids, Aerosols and Gels Technology Trials Advertising Campaign
Monday 29th September 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.
First Home Saver Account Advertising Campaign (September - December 2008)
Friday 19th September 2008First Home Saver Accounts are a new initiative to assist eligible Australians to save for their first home through a combination of government contributions and low taxes, in superannuation style savings accounts with account providers. The campaign will set the context for the new initiative and raise awareness. The campaign elements are to articulate the eligibility criteria, individual obligations, entitlements and accessibility rules, as well as explain the respective roles and responsibilities of account providers and government administrators and regulators.
Quarantine Matters Campaign (November-December 2008)
Monday 8th September 2008
Climate Change Household Action Advertising Campaign - Phase One
Monday 18th August 2008In February 2008, the Government agreed its Climate Change Policy Framework built on three pillars: reducing Australia's greenhouse gas emissions; adapting to climate change that we can't avoid; and helping to shape a global solution. Phase One of the campaign is the Householder Action advertising campaign, designed to empower householders to take action on climate change and to inform the community about measures for compensating low income households.
Child Care Tax Rebate
Tuesday 24th June 2008