The objective of the audit was to assess the extent to which the Department of the Environment and Energy has implemented the recommendations from ANAO Report No. 43 2013–14 and strengthened its framework for the delivery of its regulatory activities. To form a conclusion against the audit objective, the ANAO adopted the following high level criteria:
Has Environment implemented the recommendations?
Has Environment progressed initiatives to strengthen the delivery of regulatory activities?
Environment has made progress in addressing the five recommendations made in ANAO Report No. 43 2013–14, Managing Compliance with Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 Conditions of Approval. To date, limited progress has been made in relation to the implementation of broader initiatives to strengthen the department’s regulatory performance.