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This quick guide outlines what the Government has said about the creation of the new portfolio and some of the changes that might be involved in establishing the Home Affairs portfolio, and provides links to some responses and reactions to the announcement.
This paper is the first in a forthcoming series canvassing issues of importance to the practice of public administration in Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and is concerned with the structure and function of Indigenous Affairs
Audit objective and criteria
The objective of the audit was to assess the Department of Human Services’ and the Department of Social Services’ management of selected fraud prevention and compliance Budget measures. To form a conclusion against the audit objective, the ANAO adopted...
In 2014, the Australian government announced the integration of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) into a single government department, including the formation of the Australian Border Force (ABF).
This paper briefly outlines the functions performed by the Auditor-General, the significance of the Auditor-General’s independence, and some possible issues for the new Auditor-General.
Executive summaryFollowing the appointment in June 2015 of Mr Grant Hehir to a ten-year term as the...
Overview: In the history and folklore of Australia’s Commonwealth Public Service, the idea of the ‘Seven Dwarfs’ has been remarkably persistent. Originally a witty epithet applied to a powerful group of senior public servants, the term has come to represent the professionalisation of Australian...
Are our political leaders willing to hear counter arguments or contrary advice if it runs against their political beliefs or interests?
What's at risk if a government surrounds itself with too many yes men and women?
And is politics the only place for...
Victorian aged care provider, Benetas responds to the 2013 National Commission of Audit (NCOA). The Commission's mandate includes identifying wasteful expenditure so that the Government will be in a better position to meet the growing need of essential services, such as aged care.
This audit assessed the effectiveness of the establishment, implementation and operation of the Early Years Quality Fund against the requirements of the Early Years Quality Fund Special Account Act 2013 and the Commonwealth grants administration framework.
Audit objective, criteria and scope
This investigation into the approval process for pharmaceuticals produced findings with broader lessons for Commonwealth agencies about the importance of proper program design, sharing information necessary to ensure proper outcomes and about service recovery arrangements when things go wrong.