The audit examined how effectively and
efficiently the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and the
Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) conduct their
compliance activities under environment, natural resources and
primary industries legislation. DPI has compliance responsibilities
under 45 Acts of Parliament and DSE, under 16 Acts.
Neither DPI nor DSE has a comprehensive
whole-of-organisation, risk-based approach to managing, monitoring
or reporting on their compliance responsibilities and performance.
As a consequence, neither department can be sure that its
compliance activities contribute to protecting natural resources,
primary industries and the environment as the legislation intended.
DSE's deficiencies are substantial and require a concerted effort
to address them. These include a lack of the accountability,
oversight and risk-based compliance planning needed to drive a
robust and consistent approach across the department.
Both departments have started making changes to address the
issues identified by the audit.
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