Annual Plan 2020–21

Tabled: 24 June 2020

Appendix C. Adjustments to our performance audit work program in response to COVID-19

The table below lists the adjustments we have made to our performance audit work program in response to the impact of COVID-19.

 

Audit topic and year

Details

New audits introduced

 

Business continuity during COVID-19

2020–21

  • New topic scheduled for 2020–21 (one of two audits relating to COVID 19).
  • Reason: it is timely to review the impact of the significant disruption to service provision by agencies and whether their plans were effective.

Management of spending measures in response to the COVID-19 emergency

2020–21

  • New topic scheduled for 2020–21 (one of two audits relating to COVID 19).
  • Reason: emergency measures may not be subject to the same level of oversight and control afforded to routine spending. This increases the risk of irregularities and waste.

Audits delayed

 

Clinical governance

2020–21

  • Carried over from 2019–20 and now scheduled for 2020–21.
  • Reason: audited entities have had to re-prioritise their resources to respond to COVID-19.

Audits deferred

 

Cyber resilience

2021–22

  • Initially scheduled for 2020–21 but now deferred to 2021–22.
  • Reason: audited agencies have had to re-prioritise their resources to respond to COVID-19.

Effectiveness of the Navigator program

2021–22

  • Initially scheduled for 2020–21 but now deferred to 2021–22.
  • Reasons: schooling disruption due to COVID-19 response. In addition, the statewide rollout of the Navigator program is now not expected to be completed until January 2020–21.

Health and wellbeing of the medical workforce

2021–22

  • Initially scheduled for 2020–21 but now deferred to 2021–22.
  • Reason: the impact of COVID-19 on the medical workforce would have shifted the audit focus from its intent.

Correctional services for people with a cognitive disability

2022–23

  • Initially scheduled for 2020–21 but now deferred to 2022–23.
  • Reason: to accommodate the impact of COVID-19 on the corrections system.

Management of non-clinical services in Victorian hospitals

2022–23

  • Initially scheduled for 2021–22 but now deferred to 2022–23.
  • Reasons: to accommodate the delay of other audits in the health and human services sector. In addition, DHHS’s planned reforms to non clinical services have been delayed due to COVID-19.

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