Audits in progress
Audit Committee Governance
Audit committees play a key accountability role in
public sector agencies. This role is primarily to provide
independent assurance in regards to risk management, internal
controls, financial statements, compliance requirements and
internal and external audit.
The member composition of an audit committee, its
operating arrangements including terms of reference, roles and
responsibilities, and lines of communication and reporting, and the
type and extent of information it receives from management all
significantly impact on its effectiveness in providing independent
This audit will examine the effectiveness of
governance arrangements for audit committees.
The report is expected to be tabled in August 2016.
Enhancing Food and Fibre Productivity
Victoria’s agricultural sector makes a large
contribution to the state’s economy with food and fibre exports
valued at $11.6 billion during 2014-15—27 per cent of Australia’s
total food and fibre exports.
While agricultural productivity continues to
grow, the rate of growth in Australia has slowed since the 1980s
and 1990s. Sustaining agricultural productivity growth continues to
be challenged by climate variability, increasing production costs,
increasingly competitive markets and intensified consumer
The capacity to deliver productive,
competitive agricultural industries is underpinned by effective and
efficient research, development and extension (RD&E).
Agricultural RD&E can lead to enhanced farming systems and
practices that increase the value and volume of production and
reduce input costs.
The audit will examine how the Department of
Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources prioritises,
delivers, monitors and evaluates agricultural RD&E
The report is expected to be tabled in August
High Value High Risk
The scale of government’s expenditure on capital
projects and our previous findings of weaknesses in the application
and effectiveness of the High Value High Risk Investment Framework
(HVHR) are the basis for proceeding with a third audit in this
The audit will determine whether the HVHR process has
been effectively updated and applied to provide sufficient and
reliable assurance about the deliverability of HVHR projects by
- VAGO’s past HVHR related recommendations have been addressed by
agencies in line with their implementation plans
- the greater level of scrutiny applied by DTF during project
implementation has improved the delivery of HVHR projects by better
identifying and addressing risks that threaten projects’
The report is expected to be tabled in August 2016.
Meeting Obligations to Protect Ramsar Wetlands
Ramsar wetlands are wetlands of
international importance listed and protected under the Ramsar
Convention to which Australia is a signatory. In designating
a wetland, countries agree to establish and oversee a management
framework aimed at conserving the wetland and maintaining its
ecological character. There are currently 11 Ramsar listed sites
located in Victoria. Effective management of these relies on good
knowledge of the environmental, social and economic values and
benefits and management of the numerous potential threats to these,
including changes to water regimes, urbanisation, intensive
agriculture, pollution, recreational use, and poor land
The objective of the audit is to assess
the effectiveness of management of the Ramsar wetlands.
The report is expected to be tabled
in September 2016.
Security of Critical Infrastructure Control Systems for
The availability and delivery of public transport services is an
essential service. Its provision relies heavily on infrastructure
and control systems such as Supervisory Control and Data
Acquisition (SCADA) systems to control and monitor public transport
services, including trains.
The increased reliance on control systems to manage and deliver
essential services to meet increasing public demand means that if
these systems are not secured, unauthorised individuals or
organisations could disrupt or disable the provision of essential
services. Similarly, it is also important to ensure that operators
of control systems have plans to ensure their continued and safe
The objective of the audit is to assess whether security risks to
ICT systems that operate and control critical train infrastructures
(control systems) are managed effectively.
The report is expected to be tabled in October
Regulating Gambling and Liquor
Alcohol and gambling are accepted parts of the
Australian culture and generate positive impacts for the state in
the form of revenue and employment. However, misuse of alcohol and
gambling can result in significant short-term and long-term harm
for individuals, their families, their friends and the wider
The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor
Regulation (VCGLR) is responsible for regulating gambling and
liquor licensing. It oversees more than 21 000 liquor licences and
manages the state-wide cap of 30 000 gaming machines. VCGLR also
collects approximately $1.8 billion per year in revenue on behalf
of the state.
The audit will examine VCGLR’s regulatory practices,
including the licensing and compliance monitoring of venues. The
audit will also examine relevant activities of the Department of
Justice & Regulation (DJR) and Victoria Police.
The report is expected to be tabled in October 2016.
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Access to Public Dental Services in Victoria
Lack of timely access to public dental
services for basic restorative and preventive care can result in
poor oral health, particularly for already disadvantaged and
vulnerable groups who rely on public services. Delayed access can
also mean emergency care procedures are needed for preventable
The objective of this audit is to assess
whether public dental health services in Victoria are accessible
and appropriately distributed across the state, and address the
growing demand for general dental, preventative and emergency
The audit is expected to be tabled in