Federal government


It's our ABC

This report looks at the accumulated impact of recent federal government funding decisions, and uncovers details of a virtually unprecedented attack on the operational capability of Australia’s national broadcaster.
Discussion paper

The budget surplus objective

This paper outlines how the Australian government’s objective of achieving a budget surplus ignores the consequences of such an economic strategy—leaving Australian taxpayers to bear the burden of less government services, despite paying their taxes.

Impact of changes to service delivery models on the administration and running of government programs

This report recommends that the Australian government assess all current and future proposals for outsourcing government services against a ‘public interest test’, which includes flow-on economic and employment impacts.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation targets in major procurements

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the administration of the mandatory minimum requirements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in major government procurements in achieving policy objectives.

Mid-year economic and fiscal outlook 2019-20

The Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2019-20 (MYEFO) has been prepared in accordance with the Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998. The Charter requires that the government provide a mid-year budget report which provides updated information on the Australian government’s fiscal position.

Award of funding under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages

The objective of the audit was to assess whether the award of funding under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages program was informed by appropriate departmental advice and that processes complied with the grants administration framework.

Indigenous Procurement Strategy 2019-20

The primary purpose of the Commonwealth Government’s Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP) is to stimulate Indigenous entrepreneurship and business development, providing Indigenous Australians with more opportunities to participate in the economy.

Cabinet Handbook - 13th edition

This handbook is designed to ensure that the Cabinet observes conventions and principles and fulfils its central purpose of informed decision-making.

Dirty power: big coal's network of influence over the Coalition government

This report analyses the extent to which the coal industry is embedded in Australian federal politics. It demonstrates how coal’s pivotal position in key networks of influence has enabled its interests to remain central to the climate and energy policy agenda of the Morrison Government.

Government advertising: June 2015 to April 2019

The Australian Parliament and the community need to be confident that public funds are being used to meet the genuine information needs of the community. The objective of this audit is to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Finance’s and selected entities’ implementation of...