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Audits in progress

Access to Public Dental Services in Victoria
Audit Committee Governance
Enhancing Food and Fibre Productivity
Follow-up of Asset Confiscation Scheme
Follow-up of Residential Care Services for Children
Follow-up of Recreational Maritime Safety
High Value High Risk
Meeting Obligations to Protect Ramsar Wetlands
Monitoring Victoria's Water Resources
Reducing the Burden of Red Tape
Regulating Gambling and Liquor
Security of Critical Infrastructure Control Systems for Trains

 

Reducing the Burden of Red Tape

Red tape can be broadly defined as an unnecessary bureaucracy that imposes costs on businesses. It is considered to be a constraint on economic activity, and successive Victorian governments have implemented initiatives to reduce it to improve conditions for Victorian businesses. Effective red tape reduction must strike a challenging balance between reducing the burden imposed on business while not detracting from the achievement of regulatory outcomes.

This audit will examine whether red tape reduction initiatives have been effective in reducing the costs imposed on business while achieving regulatory objectives.

The report is expected to be tabled in May 2016.

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Monitoring Victoria's Water Resources

Long term water quality monitoring is the consistent, regular, long-term gathering of water quality data to provide information and knowledge about the conditions of waterways and/or bays. Understanding the status and long-term trends in quality of water in Victoria's inland waterways and bays is of vital importance to maintain and protect the health of ecosystems, and the well-being of Victorians who utilise our waterways and bays.

There are also broader economic, social and environmental benefits as good water quality supports a range of recreation, tourism and fishery activities. The Water Act 1989 requires continuous assessment of water resources. A coordinated and efficient statewide approach is needed to collect water quality data to support this assessment and government decision-making in water management and regional planning, and track progress against government targets.

This audit will examine the effectiveness and efficiency of water monitoring programs and partnerships across Victoria’s water resources.

The report is expected to be tabled in May 2016.

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Follow-up of 2013–14 Performance Audits

Each year, the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) undertakes performance audits into the efficiency, economy and/or effectiveness of public entities and/or their operations. These performance audits include recommendations to improve the management and delivery of public services. Audited agencies are asked to respond to recommendations and state whether they accept them. More recently, agencies have specified actions they will take in response, and the timing of implementation. Selected audits are subject to further testing, allowing VAGO to examine in depth agency responses, actions against recommendations and the sufficiency and appropriateness of supporting evidence. This year we will be examining the following 2013-14 performance audits:

 

Follow-up of Asset Confiscation Scheme

he extent to which the agencies in the Asset Confiscation Scheme (Victoria Police, Department of Justice and Regulation and Office of Public Prosecutions) have addressed the recommendations aimed at strengthening the governance and effectiveness of the scheme, as well as agency-specific operational recommendations.

The report is expected to be tabled in June 2016.

A copy of the 2013–14 report can be found here.

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Follow-up of Residential Care Services for Children

The Extent to which the Department of Health & Human Services has addressed recommendations aimed at improving the quality of care provided to children in residential car.

The reports are expected to be tabled in June 2016.

A copy of the 2013–14 report can be found here.

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Follow-up of Recreational Maritime Safety

The extent to which Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources and Transport Safety Victoria have addressed recommendations aimed at improving the regulation and management of Victorian Waterway.

The report is expected to be tabled in June 2016.

A copy of the 2013–14 report can be found here.

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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 assurance.

This audit will examine the effectiveness of governance arrangements for audit committees.

The report is expected to be tabled in August 2016.

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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 demands.

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 activities.

The report is expected to be tabled in August 2016.

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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 area.

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 determining whether:

The report is expected to be tabled in August 2016.

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Security of Critical Infrastructure Control Systems for Trains

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 operation.

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 August 2016.

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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 management. 

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.

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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 community.

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 conditions.

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 services.

The audit is expected to be tabled in November 2016.

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