report

Local Government Procurement

Audit focus and scope

The audit objective was to determine if LGs have effective procurement arrangements in place.

The specific lines of inquiry were:

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

We visited and reviewed the following LGs:

  • Town of Bassendean
  • Shire of Dalwallinu
  • City of Fremantle
  • City of Greater Geraldton
  • Shire of Harvey
  • City of Kalgoorlie Boulder
  • City of Karratha
  • City of Stirling.

We assessed LGs against the policy, training, and sourcing audit focus areas shown in Appendix 1. This audit did not review if procurement decisions attained the best value for money or outcomes for LG communities.

At each LG we selected 20 transactions with a value under $150,000. For these items we reviewed recordkeeping of procurement activities, segregation of duties, quote processes, decision and approval delegations, LG policy and compliance with the Regulations. We also reviewed LGs use of WALGA’s Preferred Suppliers as a procurement route, but did not review the arrangements in place at WALGA.

We reviewed a separate sample of 5 tenders from each LG. We assessed them against the requirements in the Regulations, including where and how long they were advertised, how submissions were recorded, if assessments were completed and recorded and if tenderers were notified of outcomes. We also reviewed how LGs recorded and assessed declarations of interests for tender evaluation panels and where applicable, council agendas, minutes and reports.

This was a narrow scope performance audit, conducted under section 18 of the Auditor General Act 2006 and in accordance with Australian Assurance Standards ASAE 3500 Performance Engagements. We complied with the independence and other relevant ethical requirements related to assurance engagements. Performance audits primarily focus on the effective management of agency and LG programs and activities. The approximate cost of undertaking and tabling of this audit was $470,000.

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