Government accountability

Report

6 Aug 2018

In 2018, councils were required – for the second time since the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act) was amended in 2014 – to produce consultation documents for their long-term plans. This report is based on audits of the 2018-28 consultation documents. It is a...

Commentary

10 Jul 2018

Billions of taxpayer dollars are committed before all the evidence for, and against, infrastructure projects is in, and basic rules of economic modelling are broken.

Report

4 Jul 2018

The Victorian Ombudsman, Deborah Glass, has tabled this second biennial report on the implementation of her investigations’ recommendations. The report covers the 125 recommendations made to state and local government bodies between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2018.

Report

27 Jun 2018

The objective of this audit was to assess the department’s design, implementation and monitoring of select 2014–15 and 2015–16 Budget measures aimed at achieving $1.2 billion in savings and other benefits.

Report

22 Jun 2018

This report highlights that councils often have fraud control procedures and systems in place, but are not ensuring people understand them and how they work. There is also significant variation between councils in the quality of their fraud controls.

Report

24 May 2018

The objective of the audit was to examine the effectiveness of monitoring and payment arrangements under National Partnership Agreements.

Report

17 May 2018

This audit assessed whether two NSW government programs, 'Resources for Regions' and 'Fixing Country Roads' were being effectively managed and achieving their objectives.

Book

23 Apr 2018

This book explores new horizons and scenarios for better governance in the context of the new information age, focusing on the potentials and pitfalls for governments operating in the new, information-rich environment.

Report

17 Apr 2018

The audit objective was to examine entity compliance with regulatory requirements for the establishment and ongoing management of special appropriations.

Report

29 Mar 2018

This audit examined the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority, Public Transport Victoria, and the now defunct Major Projects Victoria, and assessed whether their fraud and corruption controls were well designed and operating as intended.

Report

26 Mar 2018

New Zealand’s OGP Independent Researcher, Keitha Booth, has prepared this mid-term report on the implementation of the current OGP National Action Plan (OGP NAP 2016-18). This report was prepared under international requirements of the OGP Independent Report Mechanism (IRM).

Report

Commonwealth water purchasing in the Condamine Balonne
20 Mar 2018

The Australian government bought 29 gigalitres of water for $80m in the Condamine-Balonne valley. The vendors originally insisted on $2,200 per megalitre. But after negotiation, the government paid a higher price - $2,745 per megalitre. Worse, the water has no legal status outside the farm...

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20 Mar 2018

The 2018 Investment Statement He Puna Hao Pātiki, shows how the Treasury is moving towards a more holistic way of assessing the government’s balance sheet, by incorporating principles from the Living Standards Framework alongside financial considerations.

Report

28 Feb 2018

FOI documents show Barnaby Joyce and Steve Ciobo’s letter of support for Adani’s coal project sent to the Chinese government was in response to Adani’s request “to help secure Chinese financing”.

Report

25 Feb 2018

This report argues that Australia should revamp how it selects major transport projects, so that governments can better know which new roads and railways are worth building and avoid squandering billions of dollars of public money on the wrong projects.

Report

21 Feb 2018

This project summary provides information about the contractual and commercial aspects of the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel and stations Public Private Partnership (PPP).

Report

21 Feb 2018

This report examines the 2016–17 annual reports of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Commissioner, the Victorian Ombudsman and the Victorian Inspectorate.

Report

20 Feb 2018

This report examines a number of WA government programs and projects, in an attempt to provide a clear and concise explanation of the key drivers or failures in decision making that led to the state’s operating deficits and unsustainable debt position.

Report

15 Feb 2018

This paper focusses on the processes involved in responding to a costing or budget analysis request.

Report

14 Feb 2018

The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s management of the Australian government’s Register of Lobbyists. It suggests that improvements could be made to communications, compliance management and evaluation for the code and the...

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