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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 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 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 third 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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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 first 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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This guide is intended to promote better practice principles for financial statement preparation for the WA public sector.

Tabling is currently scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2019.

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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 third quarter of 2019. 

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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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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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The audit will focus on the regulation of small to medium businesses to reduce the health and environmental risks associated with unauthorised disposal of hazardous materials.

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The audit objective is to determine whether enforcement agencies effectively ensure compliance with food safety standards.

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This audit will aim to determine the efficiency and effectiveness of the management of contracted out maintenance of building assets.

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The audit will assess if state government entities set fees and charges appropriately to recover the full cost of their services.

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This audit will assess whether the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has effectively addressed findings from the 2013 report: Managing the impact of Plant and Animal Pests: A state-wide Challenge.

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