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, a common childhood illness but which is more prevalent in Aboriginal children. It can lead to hearing loss if not treated effectively.

The audit objective is to assess whether WA Health is improving the ear health of Aboriginal children. We will focus on two key questions:

  1. Have WA Health’s initiatives reduced the incidence and severity of OM in Aboriginal children?
  2. Is WA Health working effectively with partners and adjusting strategies to ensure they work in different Aboriginal communities?

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The Western Australian Firearms Act 1973 requires firearms to be registered and persons who possess them to be licensed. The Act and the Firearms Regulations 1974, set out the obligations on firearm owners, dealers and repairers, as well as firearm licensing and registration requirements.

The Western Australian Police Force (WAPol) is responsible for the registration and licensing of firearms and the regulation of commercial organisations involved in the sale, manufacture and repair of firearms and ammunition.

The objective of this audit is to determine how effectively the WA Police Force (WAPol) controls and regulates firearms.

Our lines of inquiry are:

  1. Does WAPol adequately manage the licensing of firearm owners, dealers and repairers?
  2. Are monitoring programs effective at detecting non-compliance?
  3. Does the Firearms Registry System support effective regulation?

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The number of children and young people in the care of the Department of Communities has more than doubled since 2006. For those that remain in care until they are 18, the Department provides support to aid successful transition from care to independence. Support and assistance is also provided to young people after leaving care up to the age of 25.

The audit objective is to assess whether the Department of Communities effectively supports young people leaving care to successfully transition into independent living, using these key questions:

  1. Is the Department of Communities clear about what it needs to deliver?
  2. Does the Department of Communities ensure that young people get the support they need?
  3. Are support services making a positive difference for young people leaving care?

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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?

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The use of methamphetamine is a well-known problem in Western Australia, for police, health professionals and the individuals and families trying to cope with the effects of the drug.

The WA Methamphetamine Strategy estimates 3.8% of people over 14 years old in WA use the drug, more than the national average. Government has committed significant resources to reduce supply of the drug, reduce demand for the drug through education programs, and increase treatment and support services for people with dependence problems

The audit objective is to assess if public services for people with methamphetamine dependence in Western Australia are available, accessible and effective. We will focus on these key questions:

  1. Does the Mental Health Commission understand the need for methamphetamine treatment services?
  2. Are appropriate treatment services in place?
  3. Do all people who require treatment services get them and are they effective?

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The Department of Communities – Housing (Department) provides public housing for the community. The Department manages tenancy agreements at over 36,000 properties, which are subject to agreed conditions, including appropriate behaviour.

The objective of the audit is to assess how effectively the Department manages tenants that are disruptive or conduct illegal activities in public housing. Our lines of inquiry will include, but are not limited to:

  1. Does the Department have effective mechanisms in place to achieve good tenant and community outcomes?
  2. Are complaints effectively managed to deliver consistent, timely and fair outcomes?

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Our first performance audit in local government will focus on procurement. In 2015-16, local governments spent around $4 billion, with procurement representing a considerable proportion of that. Local governments use individual approaches to procuring goods and services to meet the diverse needs of their respective communities. Ensuring local governments have good procurement policies and processes in place provides confidence to the community that funds are being well spent.

The objective of the audit is to determine whether local governments have effective procurement arrangements in place.

Our lines of inquiry will include, but are not be limited to:

  1. Have LGs established policies and procedures for procurement of goods and services?
  2. Is there effective oversight and control of procurement activities?

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The GovNext-ICT program aims to transition the WA public sector from being an owner and operator, to a consumer of ICT infrastructure services.  Developed by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO), the program is expected to save $65 to $80 million annually.

The objective of the audit is to determine whether the GovNext-ICT program is meeting its stated objectives.

Our lines of inquiry will include, but not be limited to:

  1. Was the program well planned to support the stated objectives?
  2. Are there adequate processes in place to measure and monitor program outcomes?
  3. Does the OGCIO know if program outcomes are being achieved?


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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?

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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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Determine whether local governments are effectively managing records in accordance with requirements.

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Determine whether WA agencies are using good practices to manage network passwords.

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To determine whether Local Governments effectively plan and regulate building control services.

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To assess how well prepared the WA Government is for the full introduction of the NDIS. The NDIS is a major reform that will change the way support and care are provided to people with a permanent or significant disability.

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Assess agency progress in addressing issues raised in our 2015 report.

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