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External scrutiny

In 2019–20, no judicial decisions, decisions of administrative tribunals or decisions by the Australian Information Commissioner had a significant impact on the operations of the department. No reports on the operations of the department were completed by:

  1. the Commonwealth Ombudsman or
  2. any parliamentary committee, and
  3. no capability reviews of the department were released.

In 2019–20, the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) tabled two audits in parliament that involved the department:

  • Award of Funding Under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages
  • Government Advertising: June 2015 to April 2019.

Details of these audits, including the department’s responses to the reports, are available on the ANAO website: www.anao.gov.au.

During 2019–20, the department appeared before three Senate standing committees at its Senate Estimates hearings:

  • Senate Standing Committee on Economics—24 October 2019 and 4 March 2020
  • Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications—4 March 2020
  • Senate Standing Committee on Education and Employment—2 March 2020.