Government grants


21 Feb 2020

Politically motivated funding decisions are dwarfing the controversy that claimed a minister.


2 Feb 2020

It's much harder to remove a minister these days than it used to be – and there's no sign Bridget McKenzie's departure will prove a damaging blow for the Morrison Government.


15 Nov 2019

Receiving a grant can be the difference between whether a project goes ahead or not, and – if you’re a researcher – whether you have a job or not.


5 Nov 2019

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.

Policy report

16 Oct 2019

As efforts to reach a withdrawal agreement with the EU reach a crescendo, government and business are also preparing frantically for the prospect of a no-deal Brexit. This report discusses the variety of harms that the government may want to address, and highlights some of...

Briefing paper

4 Oct 2019

Several market and physical challenges exist for a new proposed coal development in Tasmania’s southern midlands, according to this briefing paper released by the Australia Institute.


Report for the Minister for Education – June 2019
7 Aug 2019

This final report presents the expert panel's considerations and recommendations, highlighting major findings from the sector and statistical analyses, and flagging future work for the development of a fit for purpose, fair, robust and feasible performance-based university funding scheme.


1 Aug 2019

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Australian Research Council’s (ARC’s) administration of the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP).


21 Jun 2019

Members of Parliament regularly receive enquiries about funding opportunities for community groups, either directly or through their electorate offices. This Issues Backgrounder is designed to assist Members and their electorate office staff to respond to these enquiries. This guide provides links to selected funding opportunities...

Discussion paper

12 Mar 2019

This study focuses on three long-standing measures that provide support to individuals and businesses in remote areas. This issues paper outlines a range of issues on which the commission seeks information and feedback.


16 Jan 2019

The objective of the audit was to assess whether the award of a $443.3 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation was informed by appropriate departmental advice and a thorough processes that complied with the grants administration framework.

Briefing paper

15 Nov 2018

New evidence shows the Scott Morrison’s $260 million payment to NT was not a longstanding policy. Attempts to get to the bottom of things using Freedom of Information have been blocked.

Discussion paper

9 Oct 2018

This discussion paper seeks to engage with those that use and administer Away from Base (AFB) support, with the aim of considering the two program model currently in place. It is designed to seek feedback on activities currently funded through AFB programs.


28 Sep 2018

The objective of the audit was to assess whether the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet effectively manages the Regional Network.

Discussion paper

6 Sep 2018

This paper explores the fossil fuel divestment movement and, on the other side of the coin, the fossil free investment movement. In addition to the benefit of aligning investments with an organisation’s purpose, it finds the returns available on local and international fossil free investment...


22 Aug 2018

The Community Development Grants Program (CDGP) was selected for audit due to Parliamentary interest in the award of program funding, including compliance with the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines (CGRGs) and the proposed benefits from projects that have been awarded funding.


21 Aug 2018

The audit objective was to assess the effectiveness of the Attorney-General’s Department’s design of the Data Retention Industry Grants program, including performance monitoring, reporting, evaluation and assurance arrangements.


26 Jun 2018

The audit objective was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Health's design, implementation and administration of primary healthcare under the Indigenous Australians' Health Program (IAHP).


22 Jun 2018

BETA partnered with the Department of Social Services (DSS) to develop and tests ways to encourage greater survey completion rates. DSS conducts a survey seeking client feedback on the outcomes they have experienced as a result of services delivered by grant funded organisations.


22 Jun 2018

The intent of this report is to establish a baseline range of operational indicators, provide a valuable source of industry intelligence, and to demonstrate the value Volunteering Support Services deliver to the community, Commonwealth and other investors.



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