ANAO audit report on the Indigenous Advancement Strategy - PM&C response

Indigenous Affairs
Friday, February 3, 2017
Publication author(s):
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Publication abstract:

The department welcomes the audit of the processes involved in the establishment of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, as a major reform in the administration and delivery of services and programs to Indigenous Australians in response to widespread criticism over many years.

 

Summary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's response

The department welcomes the audit of the processes involved in the establishment of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, as a major reform in the administration and delivery of services and programs to Indigenous Australians in response to widespread criticism over many years.

The department acknowledges the findings of the report but notes that the implementation occurred in a very challenging timeframe and was accompanied by a reasonably well-managed transition from the old to the new arrangements without serious interruption to service delivery. Having moved through the transition period, with greater experience among applicants and stakeholders, the Strategy is moving into a more mature phase of implementation that draws on lessons learnt.

The ANAO report highlights broad stakeholder support for features of Indigenous Advancement Strategy, including the benefits of having a more consolidated program structure, greater flexibility through which organisations can receive funding, reduced red tape for service providers and developing on the ground responses to issues.

The department accepts all four recommendations, with action already taken or underway that implement improvements consistent with the recommendations. This includes revisions to the Indigenous Advancement Strategy Guidelines; a strengthened role for regional network staff in supporting organisations to develop funding proposals; improvements in application assessmentprocesses, briefing processes and record keeping; and strengthening of performance monitoring and evaluation approaches.

View the entire ANAO audit report on the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.

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