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.

Federal government’s response to the drought, and the adequacy and appropriateness of policies and measures to support farmers, regional communities and the Australian economy

While droughts are a natural part of the historical climate variability in Australia, drought conditions are likely to become more frequent, severe and longer due to climate change. The committee urges the Australian government to accept the findings and recommendations of this report to improve...

Building a stronger public accountability system for New Zealanders

The document explores how well New Zealand’s public accountability system is working in practice.

Protecting Victoria’s biodiversity

This audit examines how well the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is acquitting its responsibilities under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 and in Protecting Victoria’s Environment—Biodiversity 2037 to better protect threatened species.
Briefing paper

Government not on track for net zero by 2050

This briefing note outlines the Morrison Government's policies that are incongruent with and work directly against a net zero by 2050 emissions target. This highlights the lack of intention and political will to support its achievement.
Discussion paper

Which watchdog?

This paper asserts that comparing the features of existing state integrity commissions with the models proposed by the federal government, the ALP and Helen Haines, the Morrison Government’s Commonwealth Integrity Commission (CIC) would be the weakest and least effective integrity agency in the country.
Discussion paper

Talk isn’t cheap: making consultants’ reports publicly available via Senate order

The Australian government is spending dramatically more on contracts with consultancies than it did a few years ago. This paper argues that when the federal government does spend public money on consultancy reports and research, that advice should be published so it can be weighed...

Improving immunisation coverage

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Australian Department of Health’s approach to improving and monitoring immunisation coverage.

Department of Health’s management of financial assistance under the Medical Research Future Fund

The objective of this audit was to assess whether the Department of Health is effectively managing financial assistance under the Medical Research Future Fund.

Report 486: Regulatory activities - inquiry into Auditor-General’s reports 33, 47, 48 (2019-20) and 5 and 8 (2020-21)

This report is based on five Australian National Audit Office reports, each of which examines the operations of a particular regulator, into areas as diverse as higher education, environmental protection, the lobbying code of conduct, the national energy market, and electoral funding disclosures.