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The Defence internal audit program provides independent assurance to senior internal stakeholders on departmental controls and the effectiveness of those controls in mitigating strategic enterprise risks. During 2019–20 a total of 50 internal audit tasks were completed. This comprised 36 tasks from the 2019–20 audit program and 14 commenced in 2018–19. In addition, two management-directed audit tasks were completed: MDT19-048 Review of ADF Sports
Governance and Reform; and 20-042 Defence’s Management of Recommendations.

Defence also supported audit activities undertaken by the ANAO. In 2019–20, the Auditor-General completed eight performance audits on Defence, the audit of the Defence financial statements for the period ended 30 June 2020, and the priority assurance review (Major Projects Report).

Defence also monitors the implementation of recommendations from internal audits and ANAO audits, and reports on these to the Defence Audit and Risk Committee and the Enterprise Business Committee.