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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. If an audit relates specifically to State or local government, this has been indicated in brackets. These audits were originally scheduled for tabling in Parliament across the first 2 quarters of 2020. However, recognising the demands placed on some entities as part of the State’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have placed some audits on hold, modified the scope or reporting processes of some, and pushed back the expected tabling date on some others. Click on the respective audits for further details.

In 2015, we tabled the report Delivering Essential Services to Remote Aboriginal Communities. The audit assessed the then Department of Housing’s delivery of power, water and wastewater services to 84 remote Aboriginal communities under the Remote Area Essential Services Program (RAESP). We concluded that the quality of drinking water in remote communities often fell short of Australian standards and testing of wastewater systems was irregular or incomplete. We also found that services were not well coordinated, resulting in missed opportunities to reduce costs, and that communities’ eligibility for services was not regularly reviewed.

Since 2016, WA has had sole responsibility for provision of essential services in remote Aboriginal communities following the Commonwealth’s decision to end its support. The RAESP has been rebranded as the Remote Essential and Municipal Services (REMS) Program and extended to 143 communities, with the Department of Communities having overall responsibility.

The objective of this follow-up audit is to assess the progress made by the Department of Communities towards effectively meeting its responsibilities to deliver services to remote Aboriginal communities since our 2015 report.

We will focus on the following criterion:

Has the Department of Communities implemented changes that effectively address the findings in our 2015 report?

We plan to table this audit in the third quarter of 2020.

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The objective of this audit is to assess whether the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries effectively regulates and supports local government entities.

We plan to table this audit in the third quarter of 2020. 

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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?

We plan to table this audit in the third 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.

We plan to table this audit in the third quarter of 2020.

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Cumulatively, minor pollutants have the potential to cause pollution and create health risks for the community. They include materials such as detergent, corrosives, paint and petrol as well as oils and dust. Many businesses that produce these types of minor pollutants 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 the unauthorised discharge of minor pollutants by businesses that do not require a licence (operators).

  1. Do entities effectively identify and engage with operators to deter improper discharge of minor pollutants?
  2. Do entities effectively monitor operators to detect improper discharge of minor pollutants?

We plan to table this audit in the third 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?

On 30 June 2020 we tabled the first part of this audit: Regulation of Consumer Food Safety by Local Government Entities

Due to COVID-19, we put our audit work at the Department of Health on hold, and plan to table this part of the audit in the fourth quarter of 2020. 

 

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State government entities are responsible for maintaining their building assets. Many entities rely on support from the Department of Finance’s Building Management and Works (BMW) unit to organise maintenance for them. The maintenance work BMW organises through contractors is worth well over $100 million per year.

The objective of the audit is to determine whether the Department of Finance (Finance) effectively manages its contracted out maintenance of buildings.

We will focus on the following criteria:

  1. Does Finance have sound administrative and management arrangements in place to support its contracted out maintenance?
  2. Does Finance ensure its contracted out maintenance services represent value for money?

We plan to table this audit in the fourth 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 State entities have effectively addressed findings from our 2013 report.

We plan to table this audit in the third quarter of 2020.

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The State government invests billions of dollars in its capital works program to build roads, hospitals, schools, prisons and other government infrastructure. Our previous reports on major capital projects have highlighted that “publicly available information on major projects is disparate and inconsistent, making it difficult to get a full and accurate picture of progress and performance. Government needs to consider how it can improve this and deliver a higher level of transparency for Parliament and the community.”

The audit objective is to provide project information to Parliament and the public on a selection of major projects.

Our questions will include, but are not limited to:

  • What is the current status of costs and timing for each project against approved funding?
  • Do entities effectively monitor and report using key project progress indicators?
  • Can entities provide a reasonable and substantiated explanation where there are significant variations in costs and timing?

We plan to table this audit in the third quarter of 2020.

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This report will summarise the results of our annual financial audits of State government entities for the year ended 30 June 2020.

We plan to table this audit by 30 November 2020.

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This report will summarise the results of our annual audits of local government entities’ annual financial reports, and their compliance with applicable legislation for the financial year ending 30 June 2020.

We plan to table this audit by March 2021.

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In this audit, we will review a selection of important applications that entities rely on to deliver services. The focus of this audit is on the key application controls that ensure data is complete, and accurately captured, processed and maintained.

We plan to table this audit in the third quarter of 2020.

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On 30 March 2020, the WA Government announced the creation of the $159 million COVID-19 Relief Fund to provide financial support to community and not for profit organisations severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lotteries Commission (Lotterywest) is responsible for the administration of the grant scheme.

The objective of the audit is to assess whether Lotterywest has effectively implemented sound governance and assessment arrangements for the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

We will focus on the following criteria:

  • Has Lotterywest identified program outcomes and key risks for the Relief Fund grants program?
  • Is Lotterywest effectively managing the Relief Fund grants program application and assessment process?

We plan to table this audit in the fourth quarter of 2020.

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The Department of Communities (Communities) funds a range of support services to people experiencing family and domestic violence (FDV).

Effective management of support services is important to ensure people experiencing FDV receive timely, accessible and culturally appropriate support.

The objective of this audit is to assess Communities’ management of the provision of support services for people experiencing FDV.

We will focus on the following key criteria:

  • Do people experiencing FDV receive support services when needed?
  • Does Communities effectively manage FDV support services?

We plan to table this audit in the fourth quarter of 2020.

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