House of Representatives Committees

Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit


Review of Auditor-General's Reports 2001-02, First, Second & Third Quarters

Recommendation 1

The Committee recommends that the Department of Finance and Administrative Services accept all seven recommendations in Audit Report No. 4, 2001-2002, Commonwealth Estate Property Sales.

Recommendation 2

The Committee recommends that the Department of Finance and Administrative Services, in consultation with the Australian National Audit Office, by June 2003, develop, publish and apply a sale management better practice guide for the disposal of future Commonwealth estate properties.

Recommendation 3

The Committee recommends that government agencies responsible for Commonwealth grants ensure that after grant decisions have been made, all applicants, successful or otherwise, be notified of the results as soon as possible in writing, advised of relevant appeal processes and provided with guidance for improving future applications.

Recommendation 4

The Committee recommends that in future funding programs of national significance, a Commonwealth agency be given coordinating and monitoring responsibilities.

Recommendation 5

The Committee recommends that Better Guide on the Administration of Grants published by the Australian National Audit Office should be examined and adopted by Commonwealth agencies whenever they have grant management responsibilities.

Recommendation 6

The Committee recommends that a coordinating agency once appointed, will report on the funding programs it is overseeing against program outputs in its annual reports.

Recommendation 7

The Committee recommends that all agencies allocate the resources necessary to bring their security clearance processes in line with the requirements of the Protective Security Manual.

Recommendation 8

The Committee recommends that all agencies make the necessary changes to their Human Resource Management Information System to support management reporting in relation to security clearances and appropriate access to security clearance information.

Recommendation 9

The Committee recommends that the Attorney General's Department report to the JCPAA on the cost effectiveness of the Department's maintaining a central database of security clearances.

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