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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 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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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 fourth 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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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 fourth quarter of 2019. 

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Hazardous waste is a growing concern and has the potential to cause pollution and create health risks for the community. Hazardous waste can include products like detergent, corrosives, paint and petrol as well as oils and dust. Many businesses that produce this type of waste 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 hazardous waste disposal by businesses that do not require a licence (operators).

Our audit will focus on the following questions:

  1. Do entities effectively identify and engage with operators to deter improper disposal?
  2. Do entities effectively monitor operators to detect improper disposal?

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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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 the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) has effectively addressed findings from the 2013 report. To assess this, the audit will focus on how DPIRD has responded to that audit’s recommendations.

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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Fees and charges have a direct impact on the public and on businesses. The 2019-20 State Budget estimated revenue of more than $2.7 billion from fees and charges. Therefore, it is important that State government entities effectively set fees and charges to reflect the actual cost of providing goods and services, and only over or under recover costs if there is a need and authority to do so.

The objective of this performance audit is to assess if State government entities effectively set fees and charges for their services. Our lines of inquiry will include, but not be limited to:

  1. Does the entity have an effective framework for setting fees and charges?
  2. Are entity fees and charges correctly calculated and implemented?

Tabling is currently anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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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.

Assess State government entities’ progress in addressing issues raised in our 2015 report.

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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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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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