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External scrutiny

DPS operations are subject to scrutiny by a range of bodies, including the ANAO, judicial decisions, decisions of administrative tribunals and various parliamentary committees. This section reports on inquiries, audits, reviews and legal actions relevant to DPS in 2019–20.

Reports by the Australian National Audit Office

In 2019–20 the ANAO tabled two reports in parliament in relation to financial statement audits involving the department:

  • Report No. 20, 2019–20 Audits of the Financial Statements of Australian Government Entities for the Period Ended 30 June 2019, tabled 17 December 2019, and
  • Report No. 38, 2019–20 Interim Report on Key Financial Controls of Major Entities, tabled
    28 May 2020.

During 2019–20 the ANAO did not conduct any performance audits of DPS' operations.

Parliamentary Committees

Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

DPS appeared before Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee Estimates hearings on 21 October 2019, 14 November 2019 and 2 March 2020. During 2019–20 the department responded to 196 formal Questions on Notice containing 657 identifiable questions.

Joint Standing Committee on the Parliamentary Library

The Joint Standing Committee on the Parliamentary Library (JSCPL) met four times in 2019–20 to consider matters relating to the Parliamentary Library. Further information on the JSCPL can be found in Part 4 of this report.

Judicial decisions, decisions of Administrative Tribunals

During 2019–20 there were no judicial or administrative tribunal decisions relating to DPS.

Freedom of Information

DPS is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) and therefore does not have an Information Publication Scheme.

Office of the Merit Protection Commissioner

During 2019–20 there were no applications for review made to the Office of the Merit Protection Commissioner.

Fair Work Ombudsman

In 2019–20 there were no matters referred to the Fair Work Ombudsman for review.

Fair Work Commission

During 2019–20 there were three applications lodged by current or former DPS employees in the Fair Work Commission for review. None of these applications resulted in significant developments for DPS.