Chapter 4: Sustainable Government Finances

Office of Evaluation and Audit (Indigenous Programs)

Under the provisions of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 (the ATSI Act), the Office of Evaluation and Audit (Indigenous Programs) (OEA) is required to support improvements in the performance and public accountability of Indigenous-specific programmes funded by the Australian Government. This is achieved via a regular programme of evaluations and audits conducted by the OEA.

Evaluations and Audits

The evaluations and audits undertaken in 2005-06 were part of the Work Program which covered the period ending on 30 June 2007, in accordance with sub-section 193Y(2) of the ATSI Act.

At 1 July 2005 one evaluation and nine audits were in progress. The draft evaluation report is currently with the relevant department for comment. Of the nine audits, four were fully completed and reported in the period, and a further four are now in the final stages. The remaining audit has been postponed until the end of 2005-06, as limited progress had been made on this matter by the agencies concerned.

At 30 June 2006 work has commenced on a further two evaluations and work was in progress on an additional eight audits, plus the audit deferred until the end of 2005-06.

In May 2006 OEA commenced developing the next work program and is consulting with departments and agencies on their priorities for the period to June 2009 as well as seeking advice on the priorities of the Minister and the Minister responsible for Indigenous Affairs.

Further details of the activities of the OEA are provided in the Report on the Operations of the Office of Evaluation and Audit (Indigenous Programs) for 2005-06 at page 315.

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