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NEW INQUIRY: Audit Committee to examine policy and program design effectiveness

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The Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit has launched a new inquiry into the effectiveness of policy and program planning, design and implementation in meeting government objectives.

This inquiry will consider the issues captured in six recent reports of the Auditor-General that have evaluated different policies and programs delivered by a variety of Commonwealth agencies:

  • No. 6 (2022-23) Implementation of the Export Control Legislative Framework, particularly chapter 4 on performance monitoring and reporting
  • No. 10 (2022-23) Expansion of Telehealth Services
  • No. 16 (2022-23) Management of Migration to Australia — Family Migration Program
  • No. 17 (2022-23) Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s cultural reform
  • No. 39 (2022–23) Implementation of the government response to the Black Economy Taskforce
  • No.42 (2022–23) Access and Participation Programs for Regional and Remote Students.

The terms of reference for the inquiry can be found at the inquiry website.

Committee Chair, Mr Julian Hill MP, said that “policy development and program design are core business for the Australian Public Service (APS) in fulfilling its role in advising Ministers and governments and implementing new laws and policies.

“The APS does some terrific work in policy development but there are clearly areas for improvement. The Committee invites submissions from anyone with an interest in how policy formulation and implementation can be improved.

“This inquiry is also timely given the increasing complexity of the challenges that Australian policymakers are grappling with. The Committee looks forward to having robust discussions with a range of Commonwealth entities and experts.”

The Committee invites submissions to the inquiry addressing the terms of reference to be received by Friday, 22 September 2023.

Details of the inquiry including upcoming public hearings will be made available on the inquiry website.

Media inquiries

Mr Julian Hill MP, Chair of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit
Electorate office: (03) 9791 7770

For background information

Committee Secretariat
02 6277 4615

For more information about this Committee, you can visit its website. On the site, you can make a submission to an inquiry, read other submissions, and get details for upcoming public hearings. You can also track the Committee and receive email updates by clicking on the blue ‘Track this Committee’ button in the bottom right hand corner of the page.

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