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Annual Plan 2016–17

The Victorian Auditor-General's Annual Plan 2016–17 was prepared pursuant to the requirements of section 7A of the Audit Act 1994, and tabled in the Victorian Parliament on 8 June 2016.

Acting Auditor-General's comments

This annual plan is a primary accountability mechanism for my office. The reports my office plans to produce in 2016–17, as well as the topics we intend to cover the following year, are shown in Figure 1 on page 2.

As in previous years, extensive consultation has been undertaken with a wide range of stakeholders to develop this program. This year, consultation was expanded to include Parliamentary Committees in addition to departments, portfolio agencies, and integrity and oversight bodies, further ensuring that our primary stakeholders in Parliament and their nominated committees are provided with adequate opportunities to offer input into the development of our audit program. This year, we will report on audits of public participation in government decision-making, regulating gambling and liquor, effectiveness of the Victorian Public Sector Commission, and information and communications technology strategic planning in the health sector, among many other important topics.

As outlined on page 14, a restructure of our Performance Audit division has been undertaken this year, to better target audit effort and maximise our impact across the public sector. In addition, we have also further developed and strengthened the methodology and criteria we use to guide our topic assessment and selection. These measures are designed to direct our efforts towards doing the right audits at the right time, and using our resources to make a difference in the community.

I welcome Parliament's recent passage of the Integrity and Accountability Legislation Amendment (A Stronger System) Act 2016 amending the Audit Act 1994 (the Act). This new legislation provides my office with the capacity to consider and report on the performance of bodies delivering government services under contract. While it goes a long way towards delivering on the Victorian Government's pre-election commitment to provide us with robust and unfettered follow-the-dollar powers, further reforms are needed to bring the Act up to date with the contemporary public sector, preserve the independence of Parliament's auditor, and improve transparency and accountability to the Victorian community. Figure 1 on page 2 identifies five audits that may utilise the new follow-the-dollar powers.

The Annual Plan 2016–17 has been prepared and tabled in the transition between the resignation of Victoria's 26th Auditor-General and the commencement of Victoria's 27th Auditor-General. Consequently, drawing on the incoming Auditor-General's fresh perspective, the issues and areas of audit focus we have currently proposed in this Annual Plan may well be subject to review and revision. We will continue to communicate with audited agencies across the year and advise our agency contacts on any potential changes to their programs.

Finally, I thank the members of the community, Parliamentarians and public sector staff who have engaged with us as part of our planning process to help create this topical and comprehensive program of audits. I encourage you to continue doing so as part of our planning processes for future years.

Signature of Dr Peter Frost (Acting Auditor-General)

Dr Peter Frost

Acting Auditor-General

8 June 2016

Figure 1: Proposed VAGO reports to Parliament and other key publications 2016–17 and 2016–17

2016–17

2017–18

Performance audits

Community safety

Diverting young people from the criminal justice system

Developing and evaluating justice policies ▲

Managing community correction orders

Managing private prisons $ ▲

Regulating gambling and liquor

Managing sex offenders ▲

Property and exhibit management ▲

Education

 

Effectiveness of school governance

Environment

Effectiveness of the Environmental Effects Statement process ▲

Implementing the Victorian Coastal Strategy

Enhancing food and fibre productivity

Meeting future water security challenges $

Managing Victoria's planning system for land use and development

Mining rehabilitation ▲

Meeting obligations to protect Ramsar wetlands

Victoria's air quality ▲

Effectively planning for growth

 

Health and human services

Access to public dental services in Victoria

Clinical governance of Victorian health services ▲

Efficiency and effectiveness of hospital services: Emergency care ▲

Community-based youth services $ ▲

Community health centres $ ▲

Infrastructure

High Value High Risk

High Value High Risk

Maintaining state-controlled roadways ▲

Managing the level crossing removal program ▲

Managing school infrastructure

 

Managing Victoria's public housing

 

Investments

Audit committee governance

Fraud and corruption prevention strategies in the public sector ▲

Board performance

Implementing the taxi industry reforms ▲

Effectively managing freight growth

Local government and economic development ▲

Effectiveness of the Victorian Public Sector Commission ▲

Reforming the skills system ▲

Internal audit programs

Supporting workers in transitioning industries ▲

Managing the performance of rail franchisees

V/Line passenger services ▲

Managing public sector records

Workforce participation ▲

Public participation and community engagement—Local government sector

Workforce planning ▲

Public participation in government decision-making

 

Follow-up program

Three limited scope follow-up audits

Three limited scope follow-up audits

Financial audits

Auditor-General's Report on the Annual Financial Report of the State of Victoria, 2015–16 (sector wide)

Auditor-General's Report on the Annual Financial Report of the State of Victoria, 2016–17 (sector wide)

Local Government: 2015–16 Audit Snapshot (local government sector)

Local Government: 2016–17 Audit Snapshot (local government sector)

Portfolio Departments and Associated Entities: 2015–16 Audit Snapshot (sector wide)

Portfolio Departments and Associated Entities: 2016–17 Audit Snapshot (sector wide)

Public Hospitals: 2015–16 Audit Snapshot (health sector)

Public Hospitals: 2016–17 Audit Snapshot (health sector)

Technical and Further Education Institutes: 2016 Audit Snapshot (education sector)

Technical and Further Education Institutes: 2017 Audit Snapshot (education sector)

Universities: 2016 Audit Snapshot (education sector)

Universities: 2017 Audit Snapshot (education sector)

Water Entities: 2015–16 Audit Snapshot (environment sector)

Water Entities: 2016–17 Audit Snapshot (environment sector)

Information systems audits

Health ICT strategic planning

Digital dashboard: Status review of major ICT projects and initiatives – Phase 3

Hospital patient data security ▲

ICT disaster recovery planning $ ▲

Security of infrastructure control systems for trains

Security and privacy over surveillance technologies ▲

Financial systems controls report

Financial systems controls report

VAGO accountability products

Annual Plan 2017–18

Annual Plan 2018–19

Annual Report 2015–16

Annual Report 2016–17

▲ indicates a new report not in the previous annual plan.
$ indicates audits with follow-the-dollar potential.
Yellow shading indicates Financial Audit reports.

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