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External scrutiny

External audit

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) performed the role of external auditor to the Treasury by conducting financial statements and performance audits. In 2017-18, the ANAO tabled four performance audits involving the Treasury:

Audit Report No. 36 — Corporate Planning in the Australian Public Sector 2017-18 (published 23 April 2018)

Audit Report No. 42 — Effectiveness of Monitoring and Payment Arrangements under National Partnership Agreements (published 24 May 2018)

Audit Report No. 48 — Compliance with Foreign Investment Obligations for Residential Real Estate (published 19 June 2018)

Audit Report No. 53 — Cyber Resilience (published 28 June 2018)

The Auditor-General’s reports, including the department’s responses, are available on the ANAO website.

ANAO performance audit reports relevant to the Treasury in 2017-18 were:

  • Audit Report No. 5 — Protecting Australia’s Missions and Staff Overseas: Follow-on (published 8 August 2017)
  • Audit Report No. 6 — The Management of Risk by Public Sector Entities (published 15 August 2018)
  • Audit Report No. 8 — Administration of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (published 19 September 2018)
  • Audit Report No. 15 — Costs and Benefits of the Reinventing the ATO Program (published 22 November 2017)
  • Audit Report No. 21 — The Australian Taxation Office’s Use of Settlements (published 13 December 2017)
  • Audit Report No. 29 — Unscheduled Taxation System Outages (published 20 February 2018)
  • Audit Report No. 33 — Implementation of the Annual Performance Statements Requirements 2016-17 (published 28 March 2018)
  • Audit Report No. 38 — Mitigating Insider Threats through Personnel Security (published 11 May 2018)
  • Audit Report No. 41 - Efficiency through Contestability Programme (published 21 May 2018)