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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 planned for the second 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 planned for the second 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, 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 agencies set up and on target to achieve a successful transition?
  2. Are agencies proactively managing the risks to WA in moving to the NDIS?

Tabling is currently planned for the second quarter of 2019.

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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 planned for the second 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 the third quarter of 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.

The follow-up audit objective is to assess whether the management of WWCC has improved and contributes to the safety of children.

It will review the implementation of the 2014 audit recommendations and assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the WWCC.

Our lines of inquiry are:

1.    Has the Department of Communities implemented changes that effectively address the concerns identified in the Working with Children Checks 2014 report?

2.    Are arrangements for the notification by relevant authorities of new offences by cardholders effective?

Tabling is currently planned for the second quarter of 2019.

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Our 2013 audit of ambulance services made a number of recommendations to improve the management and delivery of WA’s ambulance services. St John Ambulance has recently been awarded a two-year contract extension to deliver ambulance services until June 30, 2020. The Minister for Health has said this will enable the State to develop a contemporary contractual framework which will ensure the future needs of the WA community are met.

The audit objective is to assess if WA Health and SJA have implemented the recommendations from our 2013 audit, and have improved service management and delivery.

Tabling is currently anticipated in the second quarter of 2019.

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Governance is the systems and processes in which organisations are directed and operated, and the mechanisms which hold staff accountable for their actions. Good governance underpins efficient and effective organisational performance.

The operations and governance arrangements of local government entities (LGs) in Western Australia are informed by the Local Government Act 1995 and associated regulations. The Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries plays a key role in providing governance advice and regulating the sector.

This audit will assess whether LGs have effective governance arrangements in place.

It will focus on 3 key questions:

  1. Are roles and responsibilities understood within LGs?
  2. Are there appropriate oversight and review processes within LGs?
  3. Do LGs operate with healthy organisational cultures?

Tabling is planned for the fourth quarter of 2019. 

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PathWest’s Laboratory Information System (LIS) is the key tool for requesting, recording and billing for medical pathology tests across 56 collection centres and 28 laboratories in the Western Australian public health system. The 2014-15 State budget approved a $26.8 million project to replace the existing system (known as ULTRA) by May 2018. Following a December 2018 invitation from the Department of Health to consider the question, the Auditor General determined to conduct a performance audit of the replacement project.

The objective of the audit is to assess whether PathWest has effectively managed the LIS replacement project and whether operations of PathWest are appropriately supported during the transition to the new system. The audit focuses on two key questions:
1. Has the LIS Project been managed to deliver outcomes on time and on budget?
2. Does ULTRA meet the operational needs of the WA Health system?

Tabling is planned for the second quarter of 2019. 

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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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Forward

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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