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External scrutiny

Australian National Audit Office

In response to policy guidance from the Department of Finance and Administration (DoFA), the department commenced reporting on a six-monthly basis to the JCPAA on follow-up action taken in response to ANAO reports. The Auditor-General tabled a number of cross-portfolio performance audits in 1999–2000 of direct interest to the department. The most significant of these for the department were:

The export development and promotion audit focused on Austrade’s coordination role and found a considerable amount of coordination across Commonwealth agencies. The Market Development Task Force (which the department chairs) and the Trade Outcomes and Objectives Statement (which we prepare annually for the Minister for Trade) were considered central to an integrated and coordinated whole-of-government approach to trade policy.

The foreign exchange risk management audit was critical of Commonwealth Government foreign exchange risk management, including that by the department. In response, we pointed out that we had taken all steps available to us within the terms of our resource agreement with DoFA to manage our foreign exchange risks. We are now actively participating in inter-departmental consultations on the design of a future whole-of-government foreign exchange risk management strategy.

Parliamentary committees

During the review period, the department made submissions or gave evidence to 14 parliamentary committee inquiries, details of which are at Appendix 9.

We reviewed our approach to the preparation of our annual report in response to feedback on our 1998–99 report from the Senate Legislation Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. Members of the committee secretariat also provided valuable informal guidance on our approach to reporting within the new accrual-based outcome/output structure and our intention to make some minor structural adjustments to the framework of performance indicators that appear in our 1999–2000 portfolio budget statements. Details of these adjustments are on page 23, the Implementation of Accrual Budgeting.

Courts and administrative tribunals

There were no judicial decisions or decisions of administrative tribunals that had, or may have, a significant impact on the operations of the department during the reporting year. Details of matters currently before the courts and administrative tribunals are at Appendix 10.

Ombudsman

The Commonwealth Ombudsman issued no formal reports in respect of the department’s activities in 1999–2000.


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