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External scrutiny

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Audit Committee Charter of Operation and other documents reflect the requirements for audit committees under the PGPA Act.

O’Connor Marsden & Associates Pty Ltd was contracted by the Authority to provide internal audit services for 2018–19. Internal audit work was undertaken in accordance with an agreed strategic internal audit plan.

In line with the Australian Government’s focus on accountability and corporate governance, audit activity concentrated on areas of potential high risk and sought to assure the adequacy of existing control frameworks and compliance with the provisions of relevant legislation.

There were no judicial decisions that significantly affected the Authority’s operations during

Australian National Audit Office reports

RSM Australia Pty Ltd, under contract to the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO), undertook the external audit of the Authority’s 2018–19 financial statements (see Part 5 Finances).

The following Auditor-General reports of 2018–19 may contain recommendations of relevance to the Authority:

  • No.16 — Implementation of the Australian Government’s Workplace Bargaining Framework
  • No. 17 — Implementation of the Annual Performance Statements Requirements 2017–18
  • No. 22 — Award of a $443.3 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation
  • No. 38 — Application of cost recovery principles.

Commonwealth Ombudsman

Nil complaints were made to the Ombudsman in the 2018–19 financial year.