House of Representatives Committees

Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit


Review of Auditor-General's Reports 2000-01: Fourth Quarter

Recommendation 1

The Committee recommends that Defence:

  • review its Army Reserve structure in order to develop a more efficient and effective structure which complements, rather than unnecessarily duplicates, capabilities that exist in the full time component; and

  • provide to the Committee formal six-monthly progress reports, separately from the Executive Minute process, on the progress of the review.

Recommendation 2

The Committee recommends that Defence give urgent attention to developing its financial and management systems to enable it to provide full costing of the Reserve forces.

Recommendation 3

The Committee recommends that Defence commission an external study of the reasons for separation from the Reserve, and commission further studies on this issue from time to time.

Recommendation 4

The Committee recommends that the Department of Family and Community Services (i) finalise as quickly as possible, its strategy to enable independent validation of Centrelink's performance, taking the Auditor-General's recommendations into account; and (ii) provide a copy of this agreed strategy to the Committee.

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