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Government accountability

Journal article

Enhancing long-term governance: Parliament’s vital oversight role

This article explores how the New Zealand Parliament scrutinises the quality of long-term governance and considers how such scrutiny could be made more systematic, proactive and rigorous.
Report

Report of the Inquiry into the Appointment of the Former Prime Minister to Administer Multiple Departments

In August 2022, Virginia Bell AC was appointed to conduct an inquiry into the appointment of former Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, to administer departments other than the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and related matters. This report outlines the findings from the inquiry.
Strategy

Protecting Australia’s whistleblowers: the federal roadmap

Whistleblowers are a vital part of Australian democracy, playing a crucial role in the integrity and accountability of public and private institutions each and every day. This publication sets out the 12 key areas of reform needed to place Australia back on the road to...
Report

Eyes on evidence III: an assessment of the transparency of evidence usage across provincial policy announcements

Transparency is a prerequisite to enabling evidence-informed decision-making. In this study, the authors apply a transparency framework to assess the transparency of evidence usage in provincial policies issued by the governments of Ontario, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, and compare transparency in policy-making across the Canadian...
Report

Australian government implementation of the National Waste Policy Action Plan

The objective of this audit was to examine the effectiveness of the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water's implementation of the National Waste Policy Action Plan 2019.
Report

The COVID-19 pandemic: second report

This report follows on from the report published last year entitled 2020 hindsight: the first 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. The NSW Ombudsman's aim has been to look back on the second year of the pandemic and provide an account of what has been...
Report

New politics: preventing pork-barrelling

Pork-barrelling – misusing public money for political gain – is common in Australia. This report argues that while pork-barrelling may be legally grey, it is not good government. It wastes taxpayers’ money, undermines public trust in Australia's political leaders and institutions, and promotes a corrupt...
Report

Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the planning and implementation of Australia's COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
Report

Report of the DPC Inquiry: Appointment of Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner to the Americas

Public servants and the general public should be able to have confidence that public service appointments are made based on merit. This report seeks to address specific problems arising in two recent recruitment processes, as well as making recommendations for system-wide change to bolster the...
Report

Award of funding under the Building Better Regions Fund

The objective of the audit was to assess whether the award of funding under the Building Better Regions Fund was effective as well as being consistent with the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines.
Report

Managing extreme risks: how the new government can learn from Covid to be better prepared for the next crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed weaknesses in the United Kingdom’s approach to managing extreme risks. This report looks at some of the problems that emerged and sets out recommendations for how the UK government could strengthen its risk management to ensure that the nation is better...
Discussion paper

Radical conservatism: 
tradition as a guide for managing change

In this discussion paper, the author argues that understanding the way things have been done in the past allows the aspiring politician to adopt a state of mind that provides the best guidance for addressing the challenges that lie ahead.
Report

Delivering social housing services

Social housing is rental housing that is funded, or partly funded, by the government. It is available to eligible Queenslanders who cannot access or sustain a tenancy in the private rental market. This audit examines whether social housing is effectively managed by the Department of...
Report

The planning, construction and management of the Western Sydney Airport project

This inquiry report finds that the purchase of the Leppington Triangle land for the Western Sydney Airport project has breached the social contract between the Commonwealth and the public, by not providing any clear value for money and by creating arbitrary differences between landholders with...
Position paper

Designing the National Integrity Commission: critical design details

This position paper outlines what the Centre for Public Integrity believes are the essential elements that should form the design of a National Integrity Commission for Australia.
Report

Administration of Critical Infrastructure Protection policy

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Home Affairs’ administration and regulation of critical infrastructure protection policy.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Scott Morrison says the government's proposed integrity commission would have the powers of a royal commission. Is that correct?

Scott Morrison says the government's proposed integrity commission would have the powers of a royal commission. Is that correct? Verdict: Mr Morrison is cherrypicking.
Report

Accountability and justice: why we need a Royal Commission into Robodebt

The Income Compliance Program impacted hundreds of thousands of people and, for many, resulted in devastating emotional and psychological harm. It has undermined many people's financial security, as well as their willingness to engage with and trust government services. This inquiry report recommends that the...
Report

Top of mind: 2022 summary report

This summary report represents a sample of the rich insights and views of Canada’s senior public servants on their work and their institutions. Readers and researchers are well advised to take the time and review the detailed reports more closely, to draw additional lessons and...
Report

Fraud control over local government grants

In 2020–21, Victorian councils distributed more than $45 million in grants to individuals, businesses and community groups. This audit examines if fraud controls over local government grants well-designed and operating as intended.