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  • Scrutineers

    The Australian National Audit Office conducts performance audits of the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations and financial audits of our financial statements. In 2012–13, five reports involving us were released; we agreed with all seven recommendations and implementation of these recommendations is underway.

    The Commonwealth Ombudsman (who is also the Taxation Ombudsman) investigates taxpayer complaints about our actions, and identifies and conducts own motion investigations on matters of administration. In 2012–13, 122 investigations were referred to us for follow up and further action.

    The Inspector-General of Taxation reviews potentially systemic issues. There were three reports released in 2012–13. Out of the 66 recommendations directed to us, we agreed in whole, in part or in principle with 46, and 18 recommendations were a matter for government.

    The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner includes the Freedom of Information Commissioner and the Privacy Commissioner who review our compliance with information transparency, freedom of information (FOI) and privacy. This year, there were three findings by the Privacy Commissioner (relating to previous years' privacy investigations) and one new privacy investigation opened, and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner informed us of seven FOI complaint investigations and 19 FOI merit reviews.

    The Productivity Commission conducts independent research projects and acts in an advisory role for the government on a range of issues. The findings from the recent review of Regulator Engagement with Small Business highlighted our effective small business engagement practices.

    All finalised audits and reviews are summarised in Appendix 5.

    Last modified: 08 Apr 2015QC 42585