Performance and Compliance Audits in Progress
Improving outcomes for senior secondary students in Tasmania
Department of Education
In 2015, the Government began extending all high schools to Years 11 and 12. The last high school to be extended will commence offering Years 11 and 12 in 2022. In addition, the Education Act 2016, passed by Parliament in November 2016, increased minimum school leaving requirements to: completion of Year 12; completion of a Certificate III in vocational training; or attaining the age of 18 years. The increased minimum school leaving requirements were in place from 2020. Together, these reforms aim to improve access to and participation and engagement in senior secondary education.
This audit will assess the Department of Education’s progress towards implementing education reforms, including whether the Department:
- effectively planned to implement the reforms
- effectively and efficiently implemented the reforms
- sufficiently and appropriately reports on progress and impact of reform implementation.
Strategic procurement in local government
Burnie City Council, City of Hobart, City of Launceston, Tasman Council, Waratah-Wynyard Council and West Tamar Council
A strategic approach to procurement supports councils to achieve strategic goals and objectives. It involves councils exploring how they can use procurement activities to derive value for the council, the supplier and the community. The definition of value will be multiple components and vary across councils.
The audit will assess whether councils have:
- identified strategies to achieve value through procurement
- effectively embedded strategies to achieve value in their procurement processes
- periodically reviewed processes and measured value derived from procurement.
Follow up of selected Auditor-General reports
The objective of this follow up audit is to express an opinion on the degree to which entities have implemented recommendations made in selected reports. It will also assess whether implementing the recommendations improved performance or compliance.
This follow up audit will examine the implementation of recommendations made in four reports tabled between November 2016 and October 2018:
- Report of the Auditor-General No. 5 of 2016-17: Park management
- Report of the Auditor-General No. 11 of 2016-17: Use of fuel cards
- Report of the Auditor-General No. 2 of 2017-18: Water and sewerage in Tasmania: Assessing the outcomes of industry reform
- Report of the Auditor-General No. 1 of 2018-19: Use of Tasmanian Government Cards by Central Agency Executives and Executive Assistants.
Review of digital projects and initiatives
Information on the status and outcomes of public sector digital initiatives is often difficult to obtain. This lack of transparency means that it is difficult to determine whether digital investments have enhanced Government services or addressed the problems they were meant to resolve, and whether public resources have been spent in an efficient and effective manner.
This audit is in the planning phase.
Please see the Office’s Annual Plan of Work for 2022-23 for other future audits here.
If you have any information that you believe could be useful to us, please write to us at:
Tasmanian Audit Office GPO Box 851 Hobart TAS 7001