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Report of the National Commission of Audit Phase 1.

Report of the National Commission of Audit Phase 1.

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Towards Responsible Government
The Report of the National Commission of Audit Phase One
February 2014
 
 
© Commonwealth of Australia 2014
ISBN 978-1-922096-30-2 This material is copyright © Commonwealth of Australia, except where otherwise indicated. The material which is Commonwealth copyright, with the exception of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms, you may: (i)
 
use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968; and/or (ii)
 
download, store in cache, print and reproduce the material in unaltered form only (retaining this notice or links to it where they appear) for your personal, non-commercial use or use within your organisation, but not deal with in a manner that might mislead or deceive. Please note that full attribution of third party quoted material in the Report is contained in the Appendix to the Report.
 
 
John Gorton Building, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600
 Telephone 02 6215 3100 www.ncoa.gov.au
14
 
February
 
2014
 
The
 
Hon
 
Tony
 
Abbott
 
MP
 
Prime
 
Minister
 
Parliament
 
House
 
CANBERRA
 
ACT
 
2600
 
The
 
Hon
 
Joe
 
Hockey
 
MP
 
The
 
Treasurer
 
Parliament
 
House
 
CANBERRA
 
ACT
 
2600
 
Senator
 
the
 
Hon
 
Mathias
 
Cormann
 
Minister
 
for
 
Finance
 
Parliament
 
House
 
CANBERRA
 
ACT
 
2600
 
Dear
 
Prime
 
Minister,
 
Treasurer
 
and
 
Minister
 
In
 
accordance
 
with
 
the
 
Terms
 
of 
 
Reference
 
we
 
are
 
pleased
 
to
 
present
 
the
 
First
 
Report
 
of 
 
the
 
National
 
Commission
 
of 
 
Audit.
 
This
 
Report
 
 –
 
Towards
 
Responsible
 
Government 
 
 –
 
examines
 
the
 
Commonwealth’s
 
finances.
 
We
 
provide
 
advice
 
and
 
recommendations
 
on
 
what
 
we
 
believe
 
should
 
be
 
done
 
now
 
to
 
ensure
 
that
 
spending
 
is
 
placed
 
on
 
a
 
sustainable
 
long
term
 
footing.
 
Our
 
recommendations
 
will
 
help
 
to
 
achieve
 
savings
 
sufficient
 
to
 
deliver
 
a
 
surplus
 
of 
 
1
 
per
 
cent
 
of 
 
GDP
 
by
 
2023
24.
 
We
 
have
 
not
 
considered
 
taxation
 
in
 
detail
 
which
 
is
 
to
 
be
 
reviewed
 
through
 
another
 
process.
 
The
 
Commission
 
received
 
more
 
than
 
300
 
submissions
 
and
 
met
 
with
 
many
 
people
 
within
 
Commonwealth,
 
State
 
and
 
Territory
 
governments
 
and
 
from
 
the
 
broader
 
community.
 
As
 
well
 
as
 
these
 
submissions
 
and
 
the
 
work
 
undertaken
 
by
 
the
 
Commission
 
itself,
 
our
 
Report
 
drew
 
on
 
material
 
and
 
analysis
 
that
 
was
 
in
 
the
 
public
 
domain.
 
This
 
material
 
is
 
referenced
 
in
 
the
 
Appendix
 
to
 
our
 
Report.
 
The
 
Commission
 
has
 
focused
 
on
 
the
 
fifteen
 
largest
 
and
 
fastest
 
growing
 
programmes
 
which
 
have
 
driven
 
the
 
unsustainable
 
increases
 
in
 
expenditure
 
commitments.
 
The
 
Commission
 
will
 
comment
 
further
 
on
 
public
 
sector
 
performance,
 
efficiency
 
and
 
accountability
 
in
 
Phase
 
Two
 
of 
 
our
 
Report.
 
However,
 
the
 
Commission
 
believes
 
that
 
there
 
would
 
be
 
further
 
significant
 
savings
 
from
 
an
 
independent
 
in
 
depth
 
review
 
on
 
a
 
portfolio
by
portfolio
 
basis.
 
In
 
undertaking
 
its
 
review
 
of 
 
the
 
size
 
and
 
scope
 
of 
 
government,
 
the
 
Commission
 
concludes
 
that
 
reforming
 
the
 
Federation
 
is
 
a
 
matter
 
of 
 
fundamental
 
importance.
 
We
 
have
 
made
 
recommendations
 
to
 
this
 
effect
 
which
 
will
 
strengthen
 
the
 
Federation
 
which
 
has
 
served
 
us
 
so
 
well.
 
The
 
Commission
 
has
 
been
 
assisted
 
by
 
a
 
highly
 
professional
 
Secretariat
 
led
 
by
 
Mr
 
Peter
 
Crone.
 
We
 
record
 
our
 
appreciation
 
for
 
the
 
efforts
 
of 
 
the
 
talented
 
and
 
motivated
 
women
 
and
 
men
 
drawn
 
from
 
your
 
departments
 
who
 
helped
 
us
 
prepare
 
this
 
Report.
 
We
 
also
 
record
 
our
 
appreciation
 
for
 
those
 
who
 
have
 
made
 
submissions
 
and
 
given
 
us
 
advice.
 
Yours
 
faithfully
 
A.F
 
(Tony)
 
Shepherd
 
AO
 
Peter
 
Boxall
 
AO
 
Tony
 
Cole
 
AO
 
Chairman
 
Robert
 
Fisher
 
AM
 
The
 
Hon
 
Amanda
 
Vanstone
 

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