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These are audits which we have started and are in the planning, field work or report writing stages.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a major reform that will change the way support and care are provided to people with permanent and significant disability. In December 2017, the WA State Government signed a bilateral agreement with the Commonwealth to join the NDIS.

Our audit objective is to assess whether the Department of Communities, the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Treasury are effectively preparing WA to move onto the NDIS. Our focus will be to answer the following questions:

  1. Are entities set up and on target to achieve a successful transition?
  2. Are entities proactively managing the risks to WA in moving to the NDIS?

Tabling is currently planned for the fourth quarter of 2019.

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In 2015, we tabled the report Delivering Essential Services to Remote Aboriginal Communities. The audit assessed the then Department of Housing’s delivery of power, water and wastewater services to 84 remote Aboriginal communities under the Remote Area Essential Services Program (RAESP). We concluded that the quality of drinking water in remote communities often fell short of Australian standards and testing of wastewater systems was irregular or incomplete. We also found that services were not well coordinated, resulting in missed opportunities to reduce costs, and that communities’ eligibility for services was not regularly reviewed.

Since 2016, WA has had sole responsibility for provision of essential services in remote Aboriginal communities following the Commonwealth’s decision to end its support. The RAESP has been rebranded as the Remote Essential and Municipal Services (REMS) Program and extended to 143 communities, with the Department of Communities having overall responsibility.

The objective of this follow-up audit is to assess the progress made by the Department of Communities towards effectively meeting its responsibilities to deliver services to remote Aboriginal communities since our 2015 report.

We will focus on the following criterion:

Has the Department of Communities implemented changes that effectively address the findings in our 2015 report?

Tabling is currently anticipated in the second quarter of 2020.

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The objective of this audit is to assess whether the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries effectively regulates and supports local government entities.

Tabling is planned for the first quarter of 2020. 

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Asbestos is a well known carcinogen. Australian governments began banning it in the 1980s due to concerns about asbestos-related deaths and diseases, with a national ban on all uses of asbestos coming into effect on 31 December 2003.

WorkSafe, a division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, is responsible for regulating the removal of asbestos. Its website currently lists over 1,000 licensed asbestos removalists.

The objective of this audit is to assess if WorkSafe effectively regulates asbestos removal to reduce the risk of asbestos exposure.
Our lines of inquiry include, but are not limited to:

  1. Does WorkSafe have adequate controls over the issue of licences for asbestos removal?
  2. Does WorkSafe have an effective monitoring and compliance program?

Tabling is currently anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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WA’s revised Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 was published in February 2019. It outlines 3 key objectives and targets to ‘avoid’ waste generation, ‘recover’ resources and values from waste, and ‘protect’ the environment. Local government entities have a key role to help the State progress best practice waste management approaches and encourage community participation.

The objective of this audit is to determine whether local government entities plan and deliver effective waste management services to their communities.

We will focus on the following lines of inquiry:

  • Are waste services planned to minimise waste and meet community expectations?
  • Do local government entities deliver effective waste services?
  • Does the State Government provide adequate support for local waste planning and service delivery?

Tabling is currently anticipated in the first quarter of 2020.

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The objective of the audit is to assess whether LG entities manage their contract renewals or extensions and variations effectively, the audit will also assess whether LG entities are maintaining complete and accurate records of contracts.

Tabling is currently planned for the first quarter of 2020.

 

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The objective of the audit is to determine if policies, procedures and controls over the grant administration are adequate and effectively implemented to ensure that grants are awarded equitably, expended for the intended purposes and contribute to the intended program outcomes.

Tabling is currently planned for the first quarter of 2020.

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The audit objective is to assess whether sampled entities have effective controls over expenditure using corporate purchasing cards.

Tabling is currently planned for the second quarter of 2020.

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The objective of the audit is to determine if selected entities are properly managing their funds held for specific purposes and in particular, that they are using restricted funds in accordance with relevant legislation and/or the relevant purpose.

Tabling is currently planned for the first quarter of 2020.

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Audit committees play an important role in the governance framework of public and private sector entities. This guide intends to provide better practice principles and guidance to accountable authorities, members of audit committees and senior managers with responsibility for audit committee activities.

Tabling is currently scheduled for the second quarter of 2020. 

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Cumulatively, minor pollutants have the potential to cause pollution and create health risks for the community. They include materials such as detergent, corrosives, paint and petrol as well as oils and dust. Many businesses that produce these types of minor pollutants are not deemed a prescribed premise under the Environmental Protections Act 2004 and do not require a licence to operate.

The objective of the audit is to assess if the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and local government entities effectively regulate the unauthorised discharge of minor pollutants by businesses that do not require a licence (operators).

  1. Do entities effectively identify and engage with operators to deter improper discharge of minor pollutants?
  2. Do entities effectively monitor operators to detect improper discharge of minor pollutants?

Tabling is currently anticipated in the second quarter of 2020.

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The Department of Health and local government entities are responsible for regulating consumer food safety in accordance with the Food Act 2008 and food safety standards. Regulatory activities include the inspection of food businesses to assess compliance with legislation and standards. Ineffective regulation increases the risks of food not being safe for human consumption.

The objective of this audit is to determine whether the Department and local government entities effectively regulate consumer food safety in food businesses.

We will focus on the following criteria:

  • Does the Department have an effective framework for monitoring consumer food safety?
  • Do entities effectively inspect and enforce compliance with food safety legislation and standards?

Tabling is currently anticipated in the second quarter of 2020.

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State government entities are responsible for maintaining their building assets. Many entities rely on support from the Department of Finance’s Building Management and Works (BMW) unit to organise maintenance for them. The maintenance work BMW organises through contractors is worth well over $100 million per year.

The objective of the audit is to determine whether the Department of Finance (Finance) effectively manages its contracted out maintenance of buildings.

We will focus on the following criteria:

  1. Does Finance have sound administrative and management arrangements in place to support its contracted out maintenance?
  2. Does Finance ensure its contracted out maintenance services represent value for money?

Tabling is currently anticipated in the second quarter of 2020.

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Pest animals and plants pose a serious risk to WA. They can have significant economic, environmental, health and social amenity impacts. These include loss of agricultural crops and stock, impacts on prices and the reputation of WA agriculture, serious environmental damage and loss of biodiversity, spread of germs and diseases, and general nuisance.

In 2013 we tabled the report, Managing the impact of Plant and Animal Pests: A state-wide Challenge. We concluded that while WA was relatively free from many of the world’s pests, we could not verify if established pests were managed effectively. The report contained recommendations aimed at ensuring WA had an effective, integrated, state-wide strategy and plan, with clear priorities.

The objective of this follow-up audit is to assess whether State entities have effectively addressed findings from our 2013 report.

Tabling is currently anticipated in the first quarter of 2020.

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In Western Australia, people in work or volunteer roles involving contact with children must apply for a Working with Children Check (WWCC). The check aims to exclude unsafe individuals from working with children. It is important organisations monitor and enforce WWCC requirements amongst employees for the scheme to remain credible and effective.

This performance audit follows on from our 2014 audit of the WWCC, which focussed on how the former Department for Child Protection and Family Support managed the licensing and compliance functions of the WWCC legislation.

The objective of this audit is to determine whether WA Health, and the Departments of Education and Justice comply with WWCC requirements.

The audit is focussed on 3 key questions:

  1. Have the entities identified all positions that require a WWCC card?
  2. Do the entities ensure that all staff members in positions requiring a WWCC have a valid WWCC card or application in process?
  3. Do the entities regularly monitor and report WWCC compliance?

Tabling is currently planned for the fourth quarter of 2019.

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The State government invests billions of dollars in its capital works program to build roads, hospitals, schools, prisons and other government infrastructure. Our previous reports on major capital projects have highlighted that “publicly available information on major projects is disparate and inconsistent, making it difficult to get a full and accurate picture of progress and performance. Government needs to consider how it can improve this and deliver a higher level of transparency for Parliament and the community.”

The objective of the audit is to report to Parliament on the status of a selection of major projects.

Our questions will include, but not be limited to:

  • What is the current status of costs, timing and deliverables for each project against original estimates?
  • Do entities effectively monitor and report using key project progress indicators?
  • Can entities provide a reasonable and substantiated explanation where there are significant variations in costs, timing and deliverables?

Tabling is currently anticipated in the second quarter of 2020.

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Forward program - Audits prioritised to commence in 2019-20

These are audit topics that have been approved through our topic selection process and which we are likely to commence this financial year. However, it is important that we address key issues as they arise and adapt to changing priorities which means this list is subject to change. Topics removed from this list remain potential audit topics for the future.

This audit will seek to identify those students at educational risk through inconsistent access to education and assess how this is managed to avoid disengagement from the system.

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An audit in this area may focus on funding provided specifically for Aboriginal health programs and whether this funding reaches the services that actually provide these services.

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An audit in this area may focus on providing Parliament with ongoing information on the efficiency and effectiveness of major capital projects, and review key themes on capital asset acquisition and contract and project management. It could consider whether a number of selected major capital projects have appropriate governance mechanisms in place, are meeting cost and time targets and if not, what are the reported reasons.

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An audit in this area may focus on governance of the project. It could consider whether there are clear goals and objectives, effective project management and good governance.

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An audit in this area may focus on whether State agreements have achieved their main objectives and the effectiveness of their administration and oversight.

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