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Audit backs Growing Regions Program


The Federal Government has welcomed the Australian National Audit Office’s report into the design of the Growing Regions Program, which found the program design was largely effective.

The report found the program met the requirements under the Commonwealth Grants Rules, was aligned with the government policy objectives, and involved appropriate stakeholder consultation.

It also found that lessons had been learned from previous grant programs.

The ANAO made two recommendations for future design, including the development of performance targets to assess outcomes and the provision of appropriate advice to government to make informed decisions.

The department has agreed in principle to the recommendations and is committed to continually refining grant administration processes.

The Government welcomes the report’s findings and recommendations for improvements that will inform Round 2 of the Program and strengthen our future grants framework.

Federal Infrastructure Minister Catherine King said the new approach to program design comes off the back of a two-year reform of Commonwealth Grants Programs aimed at restoring integrity and transparency to regional funding.

“We welcome the report’s positive assessments as well as its recommendations for improvement that will help us to strengthen the federal grants framework,” she said.

“We will review the report in detail and use this to inform Round 2 of the Growing Regions Program and future grants funding.”


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