Administration of the Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme

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An assessment of  the effectiveness of the Department of Human Services’ administration of the Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme.


The audit objective was to assess the effectiveness of Human Services’ administration of  Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme. The purpose of the Scheme is to assist families with children who do not have reasonable daily access to an appropriate government school1 due to geographic isolation, a special education need or a disability or other health‐related condition.

To form a conclusion against the objective, the Australian National Audit Office adopted the following high level criteria:
- effective arrangements for the promotion and delivery of services for the Scheme have been established;
- suitable administrative systems and processes are in place for the transparent, accurate and timely assessment of claims under the Scheme; and
- sound monitoring, evaluation and reporting arrangements for the Scheme have been implemented.

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