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Australia Launches Audit of Major Programs

Greg Combet, the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement, today confirmed that Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) will produce an annual report on the performance of its most significant acquisition projects.

Nine projects will feature in the first ‘pilot’ report, which will contain key performance metrics on cost, schedule, capability and emerging trends. The reports will be made available to the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) for independent review.

The ANAO will subsequently publish their review of DMO's Major Projects Report. During 2008-09, DMO intends to build on the number of projects reported.

”This new reporting will also greatly aid the important work done by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit in ensuring accountability of these projects,” Mr Combet said.

“The pilot includes a combination of Navy, Army, Air Force and Joint projects, and covers upgrades to existing capability along with new acquisitions.”

“The review of five projects was completed between November 2007 and April 2008. During May and June 2008 DMO will complete its report on the remaining four projects.”

The ANAO is planning to table its report on DMO's inaugural Major Projects Report in Parliament during the second quarter of 2008-09.

“This report is a step forward in fulfilling the Rudd Government’s election commitment to task and resource independently validated reports on DMO's top 30 projects,” Mr Combet said.

“It will provide scrutiny of the level of project management being applied and will monitor the Government’s investment in these military capabilities on behalf of the Australian tax payer.”

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ANAO Audit of DMO’S Major Projects