This audit examined whether the Department of
Education & Training (DET), non‑government schools and their
system administrators are effectively and efficiently managing and
using state government grants.
There is limited assurance that grants to
non-government schools are used for their intended purpose or are
achieving intended outcomes. This is primarily due to weaknesses in
funding agreements and DET’s ineffective grants management,
including limited oversight of grant recipients and their use of
grants, as well as inadequate monitoring and reporting.
It is encouraging that DET has recently
developed interim memorandums of understanding, funding agreements
and guidelines for the major state recurrent grant funding, which
have strengthened reporting and accountability requirements. It is
important that DET continues to work with the non-government school
sector to further improve accountability and transparency for the
use of state government grants as it develops arrangements for 2017
and beyond. DET must also improve its oversight, monitoring and
reporting of grant recipients.