On 13 October 2016, the legislation for the National Cancer Screening Register passed in the Senate, with an accompanying resolution requesting that the Auditor-General conduct an audit of the procurement process.2
The audit objective was to assess whether the Department of Health effectively procured services to operate a National Cancer Screening Register. To form a conclusion against the audit objective the ANAO adopted the following high-level audit criteria:
did Health appropriately manage the procurement of services for the NCSR?
did Health effectively consider value for money, consistent with the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) in the procurement process?
In conducting the procurement of the National Cancer Screening Register, the Department of Health complied with the Commonwealth Procurement Rules, effectively managing an open tender process and considering value for money.
The effectiveness of the procurement has been reduced due to inadequate consideration of risk during planning and poor management of probity and conflicts of interest. The objectives sought by the Government have not been achieved in the agreed timeframe and additional costs have been incurred as a result.