Audits in progress

Effectively Planning for Population Growth
Effectiveness of the Victorian Public Sector Commission
Follow-up audits
ICT Strategic Planning in the Health Sector
Internal Audit Programs
Managing Victoria's Public Housing
Maintaining State-Controlled Roadways
Technical and Further Education Institutes: 2016 Audit Snapshot
Universities: 2016 Audit Snapshot
V/Line Passenger Services

Effectiveness of the Victorian Public Sector Commission

The Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC) was established in 2014 to strengthen the efficiency, effectiveness and capability of the public sector, and maintain and advocate for its professionalism and integrity. A VPSC that effectively discharges these responsibilities and fulfils its statutory objectives is important for shaping a skilled, agile and ethical public sector that can meet the changing needs of the Victorian community.

Recent instances of fraud and corruption within the public sector coupled with recurrent audit findings around inadequate public sector capacity have highlighted the need to assess structures and processes intended to support integrity and capability across the public sector.

The audit will determine whether VPSC is effectively performing its functions, and whether the Department of Premier and Cabinet is effectively supporting VPSC in its work.

The report is expected to be tabled in June 2017.

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Maintaining State-Controlled Roadways

This audit will assess whether Victoria's road network is being efficiently and effectively maintained.

The need to improve road maintenance practices and increase the state's road maintenance investment was identified by VAGO in its 2008 audit of the regional arterial road network. Nevertheless, maintenance budgets have been reduced and still remain below the level of funding required to maintain roads to the required service standards. Although additional budget allocations were made in 2013, 2014 and 2015, concerns remain over the standard of maintenance and safety implications for road users.

The report is expected to be tabled in June 2017.

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Managing Victoria's Public Housing

For vulnerable people, access to stable and affordable housing is critical for minimising the impact of mental illness, drug use, criminal behaviour and unemployment.

The Department of Health & Human Services’ (DHHS) $17.8 billion housing portfolio services many of these members of our community. Previous audits undertaken in 2004, 2010 and 2012 have identified shortcomings in the management of public housing and related risks, including excessive vacancies, rental arrears, damage and vandalism or destruction of property.

The Victorian Government has announced that a policy on housing affordability will be announced later this year.

This audit will examine whether the development of the housing affordability policy is supported by sound advice and whether the Department of Health & Human Services is managing public housing effectively.

The report is expected to be tabled in June 2017.

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Technical and Further Education Institutes: 2016 Audit Snapshot

The report provides the results of the audits of 25 entities in the technical and further education institutes sector. The report will address their financial reporting and financial sustainability risks, and internal controls relating to asset maintenance.

The report is expected to be tabled in June 2017.

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Universities: 2016 Audit Snapshot

The report provides the results of the audits of 64 entities in the university sector. The report will address their financial reporting and financial sustainability risk, and internal controls relating to fraud.

The report is expected to be tabled in June 2017.

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Follow-up audits

As part of our audit program, we are also committed to conducting follow-up audits. These follow-up audits aim to monitor agency progress in implementing actions from previous performance audits and also verify that actions taken by agencies have been effective in addressing the recommendations.

The three follow-up audits are:

  • Additional School Costs for Families
  • Effectiveness of Support for Local Government
  • Operational Effectiveness of the myki Ticketing System

The report is expected to be tabled in June 2017.

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V/Line Passenger Services

V/Line, a public sector corporation, is Australia’s largest regional public transport operator—in 2015–16, it carried 17.7 million train and coach passengers. However, V/Line has struggled to deliver on its operational performance thresholds and targets in a challenging environment, consistently failing to meet its targets for punctuality. Additionally, overall customer satisfaction for regional trains over the past three years has fallen.

V/Line faces the challenge of improving its performance in the face of expected further passenger increases and in a strict fiscal environment.

This audit will examine how V/Line is managing these current and future challenges. It will also examine the support provided by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, and the Department of Treasury and Finance.

The report is expected to be tabled in August 2017.

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Internal Audit Programs

The audit aims to establish how well departments are using their internal audit resources.

Each public sector entity is required to establish, maintain and resource an internal audit function that is independent of management. This internal audit function is overseen by the audit committee and encompasses both internal resources and the activities of the agency’s externally appointed internal auditors.

Over several years, numerous performance audits have questioned the effectiveness of agencies’ use of internal audit resources. Recurring issues relate to the adequacy of internal audit resources—their capacity and capability—and to the whether the way they are used within the risk and control environments of each entity maximises their value and impact.

This audit will examine the resourcing and deployment of internal audit effort within each department, and its operational effectiveness as one ‘line of defence’ within departmental assurance frameworks.

The report is expected to be tabled in August 2017.

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Effectively Planning for Population Growth

Current forecasts indicate that Victoria’s population could reach up to 10 million by 2051, with 2.2 million people in regional areas and 7.8 million in greater Melbourne. This audit will highlight whether long term strategic planning for rapid population growth is occurring in an effective, integrated manner. A focus on maternity and early childhood services in areas experiencing significant population growth provides an opportunity to provide a case study of integration and coordination of planning efforts across agencies.

The objective of the audit is to assess the effectiveness of strategic planning for population growth, focussing on birthing, maternal and child health and funded kindergarten services.

The report is expected to be tabled in August 2017.

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Last updated on 24/05/2017