The audit finds that the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) lacks a functional overarching information strategy and as a result, its approach to managing information systems varies.
Performance reporting plays a critical role in organisations’ ability to monitor their activities, and to understand their efficiency and effectiveness. For government agencies, it is also important to providing accountability over public expenditure and the outcomes achieved.
Robust information systems are an essential component of effective performance reporting, and this audit sought to assess the effectiveness of the DEECD's information management systems, processes and controls. We looked at a sample of six DEECD information systems and assessed whether they were managed according to whole-of-government better practice guidelines, and whether DEECD’s overall approach to information management was informed by a robust strategy.
The audit found that DEECD lacks a functional overarching information strategy and as a result, its approach to managing information systems varies. Some good practice is evident and four of the six systems we assessed were found to be fundamentally sound. However, there is room for improvement in the other two systems.
DEECD is currently working to develop an information strategy that if implemented effectively will see better practice information management applied across the whole department. It is critical that DEECD follow through with this work.