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External scrutiny

We are accountable to the Parliament through the Minister for Government Services. Other external scrutiny of our agency is provided through Parliamentary Committees, the Commonwealth Ombudsman, Australian Information Commissioner and Australian National Audit Office.

Our agency was not the subject of any judicial decisions or decisions of administrative tribunals or the Australian Information Commissioner in 2019–20. We were not the subject of any reports by the Commonwealth Ombudsman or capability reviews by the Australian Public Service Commission.

Australian National Audit Office

At 30 June 2020, the Australian National Audit Office Performance Audit of the Establishment and use of IT related procurement panels, which includes panels managed by the DTA, was yet to be tabled in Parliament.

During 2019–20 the DTA was not the subject of any other performance audits. We have implemented all recommendations from previous performance audits.

Senate inquiries

We appeared before 2 inquiries during the reporting year:

  • 6 December 2019 – House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs, Inquiry into verification for online wagering and online pornography
  • 6 May 2020 – Senate Select Committee on COVID-19.

Senate Estimates

We appeared before the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee on 24 October 2019 for Supplementary Budget Estimates, and on 5 March 2020 for Additional Budget Estimates. Budget Estimates was not held due to the coronavirus pandemic.