External scrutiny

The following provides information on the most significant developments in external scrutiny for the department.

Judicial decisions

There were no decisions of any Court during 2014–15 that have had, or may have, a significant impact on the operations of the department.

Decisions of Administrative tribunals and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

There were no decisions of administrative tribunals or the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner during 2014–15 that have had, or may have, a significant impact on the operations of the department.

Reports on the operations of the department by the Commonwealth Ombudsman

In March 2015, the Commonwealth Ombudsman published Making things right: Department of Education and Training: Compensation for errors made by contracted service providers as a result of the Ombudsman’s investigations on the review of decisions made by the department to refuse incentives under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme (AAIP).

In response to the Ombudsman’s recommendations, the department committed to improve staff training and awareness about how staff exercise the discretion in the AAIP Guidelines to waive the eligibility requirements for incentives in exceptional circumstances and to review section I.B.2 of the AAIP Guidelines, along with any associated internal guidance, which outlines the circumstances in which the department reserves the right to withhold or refuse payment or require repayment of incentives.

Parliamentary committee inquiries

There were no Parliamentary committee reports on the operations of the department during 2014–15.

Reports by the Auditor-General

  • Audit Report No. 16 2014–15 Audits of the Financial Statements of Australian Government Entities for the Period Ended 30 June 2014
  • Audit Report No. 23 2014–15 Administration of the Early Years Quality Fund
  • Audit Report No. 31 2014–15 Administration of the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program
  • Audit Report No. 44 2014–15 Interim Phase of the Audits of the Financial Statements of Major General Government Sector Entities for the year ending 30 June 2015.

Details of these reports can be found on the Australian National Audit Office website.

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