Management of the ATO's property portfolio – Released 24 June 2013

Introduction to the audit

The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the ATO’s management of its property portfolio. In particular the ANAO examined whether the ATO’s:

  • property management arrangements supported the agency’s property objectives and business requirements;
  • external contract for the provision of property management services reflected the ATO’s property management arrangements; and
  • contract management framework provides assurance that the property portfolio is being effectively managed.

Overall, the ANAO recognised the level of complexity that exists with managing a large service provider and property portfolio. The significant improvements we have made since 2009 were acknowledged in the audit. We have also worked to ensure our active support for the Department of Finance and Deregulation in the building and introduction of the Commonwealth Property Management Framework.

The ANAO made two recommendations. The ATO agreed with recommendation one and recommendation two is directed at the Department of Finance and Deregulation. The recommendations relate to:

  • maintaining an overarching property management plan, which is updated every two or three years, in line with the agency’s corporate planning cycle
  • working with Department of Finance and Deregulation and other agencies to develop and publish whole of government guidance for AusTender reporting of complex procurement arrangements.
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