Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) audits could be of significant prospecting value to ICT companies.
Speaking at the first AIIA Canberra Manager’s Forum for the year on Wednesday 21 February, Gary Pettigrove (CIO, ANAO) outlined the way in which the ANAO's Financial Assurance Audits, Performance Audits and Better Practice Guides all are capable of providing strong pointers to future ICT needs of government agencies.
The Financial Assurance program audits 274 federal government agencies to ensure that financial management is in line with government legislation, regulation and guidelines. The Performance Audit Program monitors the alignment of agencies’ administration with government policy. The Better Practice Guides (about six are issued each year) indicate the ways in which agencies can lift their performance in areas of administration.
ANAO lodges its reports with Parliament, and while this might give it a ‘big stick’, its focus is very much on ‘taking agencies on a journey to move forward away from any problems which the audit may have detected’, Pettigrove said. The role for ICT vendors in this context was to help agencies identify or become aware of solutions to the problems that created adverse audit reports or findings.
Pettigrove pointed out that if a number of audited agencies were found to be non-compliant, the problem was likely to indicate problems also in the administrative practices of other agencies. For example, the IT Security audit found that only two of the eight agencies audited were performing adequately.
Copies of all audits with ICT implications are available on the ANAO web site, and hard copies are available on request.
Recent Audit reports:
IT Security Management Recordkeeping including the Management of Electronic Records Project Management in Centrelink Customs' Cargo Management Re-engineering Project