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

Hearing loss in Aboriginal communities is a serious public health issue with long-term health, social and educational consequences. Otitis media (OM) is inflammation of the ear. It is a common childhood illness but it is more prevalent in Aboriginal children. It can lead to hearing loss if not treated effectively.

The objective of the audit is to assess whether agencies are reducing the burden of ear disease for Aboriginal children. We will focus on two key questions:

  1. Have WA Health helped reduce the incidence and severity of otitis media in Aboriginal children?
  2. Are agencies partnering effectively to ensure strategies work for Aboriginal families?

Tabling is currently anticipated in the first quarter of 2019.

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The Western Australian Firearms Act 1973 requires firearms to be registered and persons who possess them to be licensed. The Act and the Firearms Regulations 1974, set out the obligations on firearm owners, dealers and repairers, as well as firearm licensing and registration requirements.

The Western Australian Police Force (WAPol) is responsible for the registration and licensing of firearms and the regulation of commercial organisations involved in the sale, manufacture and repair of firearms and ammunition.

The objective of this audit is to determine how effectively the WA Police Force (WAPol) controls and regulates firearms.

Our lines of inquiry are:

  1. Does WAPol adequately manage the licensing of firearm owners, dealers and repairers?
  2. Are monitoring programs effective at detecting non-compliance?
  3. Does the Firearms Registry System support effective regulation?

Tabling is currently anticipated in the first quarter of 2019.

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One in five people in WA experience mental health problems each year and nearly half the population will experience a mental health problem at least once in their lifetime. In 2015, 2.2 per cent of people in WA received public clinical mental health care of some kind. Of these, about 40% were new patients.

The objective of this audit is to assess if mental health services are available and meet the needs of people with acute mental health issues.

We will focus on these key questions:

  1. Do people having acute mental health events get the required care and planning?
  2. Do people get the follow-up services they need?
  3. Are Health and MHC effectively using patient and provider information to improve service delivery and design?

Tabling is currently anticipated in the first quarter of 2019.

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The use of methamphetamine is a well-known problem in Western Australia, for police, health professionals and the individuals and families trying to cope with the effects of the drug.

The WA Methamphetamine Strategy estimates 3.8% of people over 14 years old in WA use the drug, more than the national average. Government has committed significant resources to reduce supply of the drug, reduce demand for the drug through education programs, and increase treatment and support services for people with dependence problems

The audit objective is to assess if public services for people with methamphetamine dependence in Western Australia are available, accessible and effective. We will focus on these key questions:

  1. Does the Mental Health Commission understand the need for methamphetamine treatment services?
  2. Are appropriate treatment services in place?
  3. Do all people who require treatment services get them and are they effective?

Tabling is currently anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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Well managed public records enable local governments (LG) to make informed and consistent decisions and to comply with their legislative requirements. These include the Local Government Act 1995 obligation to keep proper records and the State Records Act 2000 requirement to develop a recordkeeping plan (RKP) and identify, create, retain and destroy records in line with this plan.
The objective of this audit is to determine if local governments effectively manage their records to promote accountable and transparent decision-making.

Our lines of inquiry will include but are not limited to:

1. Do LGs have approved, current RKPs, supporting policies and procedures?
2. Are key business activities and decision-making records managed in line with RKPs?
3. Do recordkeeping systems appropriately secure physical and electronic records against inappropriate access, alteration or destruction?

Tabling is currently planned for the first quarter of 2019.

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The Department of Communities – Housing (Department) provides public housing for the community. The Department manages tenancy agreements at over 36,000 properties, which are subject to agreed conditions, including appropriate behaviour.

The objective of the audit is to assess how effectively the Department manages tenants that are disruptive or conduct illegal activities in public housing. Our lines of inquiry will include, but are not limited to:

  1. Does the Department have effective mechanisms in place to achieve good tenant and community outcomes?
  2. Are complaints effectively managed to deliver consistent, timely and fair outcomes?

Tabling is currently anticipated in the first quarter of 2019.

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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 is effectively preparing WA to move onto the NDIS. Our focus will be to answer the following questions:

  1. Is Communities set up and on target to achieve a successful transition?
  2. Is Communities proactively managing the risks to WA in moving to the NDIS?
  3. Is Communities effectively facilitating the transition of new participants onto the scheme?

This audit is currently in the early planning stages.

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A local government building permit (approval to build) is usually required before commencing building works such as a new house or a renovation.

Local governments are responsible for granting building permits in line with legislation, the Building Code of Australia, relevant town planning requirements and local building laws. The Building Act 2011 and Building Regulations 2012 provide the legislative framework for managing and regulating building approvals.

The objective of this audit is to determine if local governments effectively regulate residential building permits.

Our lines of inquiry are:

  1. Do local governments adequately assess building permit applications?
  2. Do local governments effectively monitor and enforce compliance with building permits?

Tabling is currently anticipated in the first quarter of 2019.

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All public sector entities need to deal with the threat of fraud. This can be difficult as fraud is deceitful and can be hard to detect. Australian Standard 8001-2008: Fraud and Corruption Control sets out a best practice framework for State and local government entities when developing their approaches to this issue.

The objective of this audit is to assess if local governments have taken appropriate steps to prevent fraud.

Our lines of inquiry will include, but are not limited to:

  1. Have local governments implemented a coordinated approach to manage fraud risks?
  2. Do local governments have adequate controls for preventing and detecting fraud?
  3. Do local governments respond appropriately to suspected fraud?

Tabling is currently planned for mid 2019.

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Working with children checks (WWCC) are a key part of creating a protective environment for children. They will not, on their own, keep all children safe, but it is important that the checks are robust and efficient, and that compliance with the scheme is monitored and enforced. If not, the credibility of the checks and their effectiveness is undermined.

In 2014 we found that the overall framework for the checks was sound, generally delivered robust results, and enabled the regular monitoring of existing cardholders. There were also areas for improvement. These included the management of risk, and the monitoring of employer compliance.

This follow-up audit is planned to assess whether the recommendations in our previous report have been addressed and whether the management of WWCC has improved and contributes to increased safety of children.

Planning work currently underway – target tabling date is yet to be determined.

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These are audit topics that have been approved through our topic selection process and which we are likely to commence in the next 12 months. 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.

Assess the department’s management of leave.

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Assess agency progress in addressing issues raised in our 2015 report.

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