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External Scrutiny

During 2019–20, the Agency was not involved in any:

  • judicial decisions
  • decisions of administrative tribunals
  • decisions by the Australian Information Commissioner
  • Agency capability reviews
  • reports on the operations of the entity, including by:
    • The Auditor-General
    • Parliamentary committee
    • Commonwealth Ombudsman.

On Thursday 4 June 2020, the Coordinator-General appeared at the Royal Commission into Natural Disaster Arrangements, which is examining the coordination, preparedness for, response to and recovery from disasters as well as improving resilience and adapting to changing climatic conditions and mitigating the impact of natural disasters. The Agency also provided a submission highlighting the Agency’s role, experiences and learnings largely based on the work that has occurred as a result of the 2019 flood event and the subsequent recovery and preparedness activities in affected communities. The Agency’s submission related to the Commission’s terms of reference regarding responsibility and coordination of response, and arrangements for improving resilience and mitigation.