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We have commenced the below audits and are currently finalising our forward audit plan, giving consideration to the current demands on entities responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commenced

We are in the planning, field work or report writing stages of these audits. Where an audit relates specifically to State or local government, we have indicated this in brackets. Our program continues to work around the competing demands and availability of entities as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdowns. As a result, we have at various times placed some audits on hold, modified the scope and reporting processes of some, and pushed back the expected tabling date on some others. Click on the respective audits for further details.

The objective of this audit is to determine if local government entities are effectively managing cyber security.

We will focus on the following criterion:

  • Do local government entities appropriately respond to cyber threats?
  • Do local government entities have effective security awareness programs for staff?

We plan to table this audit in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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The Department of Transport (DoT) is responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of the Western Australia Bicycle Network Plan. Local government entities (LG entities) are responsible for the design, installation and maintenance of most recreational shared paths and on-road cycling infrastructure within their LG areas.

The objective of the audit is to assess the effectiveness of LG entity actions to improve the Perth area cycling network and progress by State government entities, particularly DoT to implement relevant recommendations from our 2015 audit Safe and Viable Cycling in the Perth Metropolitan Area.

The criteria are:

  • Have State government entities, particularly DoT, worked to improve cycling infrastructure and support to LG entities to make it a viable mode of transport in the Perth area?
  • Have LG entities provided well-connected and safe cycling facilities for their communities?

We plan to table this audit in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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The Water Corporation is the State’s largest public water services provider. In 2019/20 it supplied 375 billion litres of water to 1.3 million homes and businesses through a water pipe network totalling 34,842 kilometres.

Our 2014 audit found there were gaps in the information held by the Corporation to enable it to make sound water pipe repair and replacement decisions. Although the rate of known leaks and bursts was generally low, 12% of the water sourced was lost in the network. In this audit we are interested in understanding whether the Corporation knows the condition of its water pipes and can make sound decisions when to repair and/or replace them.

The objective of the audit is to assess whether Water Corporation has effectively addressed the findings in 2014 report Water Corporation: Management of Water Pipes.

The criteria are:

  • Does Water Corporation have complete, current and accurate information needed to inform pipe maintenance and replacement decisions?
  • Does Water Corporation apply a consistent, transparent and documented approach to prioritise water pipes for maintenance and/or replacement?
  • Does Water Corporation monitor and review the performance of the water pipe maintenance and replacement program?

We plan to table this audit in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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Over the period March to 15 July 2020, the State Government announced a range of stimulus measures to support business, the public, and the State’s financial and social recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The objective is to assess if entities effectively implemented a selection of COVID stimulus initiatives and provide Parliament with information about the outcomes.

The scope will include a selection of initiatives announced up to 15 July 2020 and provide information on the benefits to beneficiaries up to the end of March 2021.

We plan to table this audit in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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This report will summarise the results of our annual audits of the State government entities mainly for the year ended 30 June 2021.

We plan to table this audit by November 2021.

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In 2016, we tabled the Payment of Construction Subcontractors – Perth Children’s Hospital Project (PCH audit) and the Assessment of Progress to Improve Payment Security for Government Construction Subcontractors audit reports. Both audits were in response to concerns raised by Parliament about the security of payments to subcontractors.

The PCH audit considered whether the Department of Treasury exercised appropriate oversight over payments made by the Perth Children’s Hospital contractor to its subcontractors in accordance with contract terms. It found that Treasury complied with contract terms but that this would not ensure that Treasury was fully informed about payment disputes, or that the contractor provided reliable information.

The second audit assessed actions taken by the Departments of Finance, Treasury, and Housing and Works, in response to recommendations by the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) to improve the security of payments for subcontractors. The audit found there had been substantial progress towards implementing the SBDC recommendations, but Treasury and Housing and Works needed to improve their pre-award assessments of financial capacity and strategies to mitigate the risk of contractors not completing work.

The objective of this follow-on audit is to assess whether State government entities have effective controls in place to ensure timely payments to subcontractors working on government construction projects.

We will focus on the following criteria:

  1. State entities have effective policies and processes to protect subcontractor payments and apply them consistently.
  2. State entities monitor whether their policies and processes are effective and implement improvement opportunities where needed.

We plan to table this audit in the fourth quarter of 2021.

** Survey now open: If you’ve been a subcontractor on a State government project we’d like to hear from you about your experience with the payment process. Complete the survey here. **

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On 8 May 2020, the Minister for Local Government outlined changes to the Local Government Act 1995 via the Local Government (COVID-19 Response) Order 2020. This included measures to assist ratepayers adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Order recognised that local government (LG) entities are best placed to assess if ratepayers are in financial hardship and encouraged all LG entities to adopt a financial hardship policy. It also included caps on interest charged for late and instalment payments on rates.

The objective of this audit is to assess if LG entities provide effective financial hardship support to assist ratepayers impacted by COVID-19.

Our criteria are:

  1. Do sampled LG entities have an effective financial hardship policy?
  2. Do sampled LG entities process applications for financial hardship effectively?

We plan to table this audit in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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Corrective Services (within the Department of Justice) use rosters to deliver services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to prisoners in prisons throughout Western Australia. Well-planned staff rostering is essential to the efficient and effective operations of entities where shifts are needed to maintain service delivery. Where rostering is ineffective, services may be impacted, increased costs may be incurred, and the risk of misuse of entitlements increases.

The objective of the audit is to assess whether Corrective Services is managing staff rosters to deliver services safely and efficiently.

Our criteria are:

  • Does Corrective Services effectively manage rosters to deliver services safely?
  • Does Corrective Services efficiently manage rosters to minimise costs and fraud risks?

We plan to table this audit in the first quarter of 2022.

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The Public Trustee offers Western Australians a range of will, deceased estate administration, and trustee services. When appointed to do so, it manages the estates of people who have died, as well as living people who are unable or unwilling, to manage their own financial affairs.

The Public Trustee manages considerable funds, and its clients are typically vulnerable or bereaved. In 2019-20, it directly managed net assets of roughly $1.2 billion, including 6,452 trusts and 459 deceased estates.

The objective of this audit is to assess if the Public Trustee effectively administers the deceased estates and trusts in its care.

We will focus on the following criteria:

  1. Are deceased estates and trusts administered efficiently to protect vulnerable people?
  2. Are effective controls in place to prevent fraud?

We plan to table this audit in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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High COVID-19 vaccination rates are key to reducing serious disease and the health impacts of the virus. High vaccination rates are part of the policy to reduce the use of tougher restrictions, such as lockdowns and hard borders.

WA has had relatively low vaccination rates, and is seeking to accelerate the vaccine rollout. While the Commonwealth buys and allocates vaccine supply and delivers vaccinations through the primary health system, WA’s State health system has a significant role in delivering vaccinations through clinics and other avenues across WA.

The objective of this audit is to assess if the WA Department of Health is effectively managing its COVID-19 vaccine rollout to meet State vaccination targets as quickly as possible.

We plan to table this audit in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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