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Report

New politics: a better process for public appointments

Many federal and state government boards, tribunals and agencies are stacked with people who have worked in politics – almost always for the party that was in government when they got the job. This report argues that Australian politics has a growing ‘jobs for mates’...
Report

The chair in government: profiling the chair of an arm’s-length body

This report aims to enhance understanding of the chair's role in arm’s-length bodies (ALBs) and shows how defining best practice can encourage great candidates to take on these essential leadership roles.
Report

Reassessing the regulators: the good, the bad and the Commerce Commission

Regulators should, at times, be unpopular. After all, it is their task to regulate. Nobody wants regulators who are captured by those they are tasked with policing. This report carries valuable advice for any government seeking to strengthen the nation’s regulatory systems.
Discussion paper

Cronyism in appointments to the AAT: an empirical analysis

This study finds there has been a sharp rise in the proportion of political appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) during the Abbott/Turnbull/ Morrison administrations.
Report

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation’s management of nuclear medicine assets

This audit examines the effectiveness of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation’s management of assets involved in the manufacture, production and distribution of nuclear medicines.
Report

Come clean: how the Emissions Reduction Fund came to include carbon capture and storage

This report argues that the experience of the carbon capture and storage (CCS) method development raises serious questions about the governance of both the Clean Energy Regulator and the Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee, in relation to the development and integrity of forthcoming Emissions Reduction Fund...
Strategy

NIAA Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan 2022-2025

The National Indigenous Australians Agency's (NIAA’s) inaugural Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2022-2025 is a formal recognition of the NIAA's commitment to expand their impact and take the next steps on their reconciliation journey.
Report

Report of the Inquiry into the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

This inquiry provided the opportunity for people with disability, families and carers, disability service providers, representative organisations, and other key stakeholders to share their views regarding the effectiveness of the Commission in ensuring safe, quality services for people with disability.
Report

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) - Independent Review: final report

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) commenced operations in March 2016, operating under the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Act 2015 (Cth). This review contends that the next phase for ASBFEO is one of consolidation and maturation of efforts and approach...
Report

Effectiveness of planning and implementation of reform by the Australian Skills Quality Authority

The objective of this audit was to examine the effectiveness of the Australian Skills Quality Authority’s planning and implementation of reform to the regulation of the vocational education and training sector.
Report

Indigenous Business Australia’s business support and investment activities

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of Indigenous Business Australia’s (IBA's) management of its business support and investment activities.
Report

Implementation of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation partnership

The objective of the audit was to examine whether the design and early delivery of the Australian government's $443.3 million partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation has been effective.
Report

Reducing the harm caused by gambling

Gambling harm, which refers to negative consequences caused or made worse by gambling, including emotional or psychological distress, financial problems, and difficulties with relationships, work or study. This audit report examines the effectiveness of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation's efforts to reduce gambling harm.
Report

Preserving the financial futures of vulnerable Queenslanders

This review was undertaken to explore concerns raised by people under administration with the Public Trustee, their families and supporters, about the level and types of Public Trustee fees and charges, and their negative effect on financial outcomes for people under administration.
Journal article

Regulatory stewardship: the challenge of joining a virtue and a mechanism

This article explores the challenges New Zealand’s regulatory agencies face in operationalising regulatory stewardship, and provides some conceptual clarity that may aid these agencies in collaborating to develop and adopt the whole-of-system, life cycle view of regulation that is envisaged.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Anthony Albanese says the Coalition 'gutted' the Australian National Audit Office's budget by 20 per cent over the past seven years. Is he correct?

Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese claimed the Australian National Audit Office's budget had been slashed by 20 per cent under the Coalition over the past seven years. Verdict: Mr Albanese's claim was overstated.
Report

Investigations Benchmarking Project: November 2020

This project aims to build an in-depth understanding of the processes for investigations undertaken by regulatory organisations and to establish a benchmark for 'best practice' in regulatory performance.
Report

Reducing bushfire risks

As the devastating 2019–20 bushfire season showed, all Victorians are at risk from bushfires. This audit was conducted to examine if the responsible state agencies are effectively working together to reduce Victoria’s bushfire risk.
Report

Administration of financial disclosure requirements under the Commonwealth Electoral Act

The objective of this audit was to examine the effectiveness of the Australian Electoral Commission’s management of financial disclosures required under Part XX of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, including the extent to which the AEC is achieving accurate and complete financial disclosures.
Discussion paper

PostBank: filling a void, securing essential services

This discussion paper makes the case for the creation of a public bank in Australia by providing Australia Post with an Authorised Deposit-taking Institution (ADI) licence, and moving in time to establishing 'PostBank' as a full national savings and loan bank.