Aust National Audit Office Report Released

“The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the child support collection arrangements between the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).” (link)

A summary of some of the findings in the report includes :

  • There is scope to improve important aspects of the collection arrangements between the Department of Human Services and the Australian Taxation Office
  • There is scope to improve supporting administrative arrangements, including shared risk management practices and referrals of child support customers suspected of fraud and tax evasion
  • DHS and the ATO can improve the prioritisation and targeting of customers by better considering other child support compliance risks.
  • DHS can improve its monitoring of the application of income information received from the ATO to inform program design
  • Assurance reviews for some key program processes and program improvement mechanisms are not in place to support the cooperative child support programs
  • Performance measures applied by DHS and the ATO for the cooperative child support programs do not accurately reflect the effectiveness of the programs.

    More detail regarding the review of Child Support Collection Arrangements between the Australian Taxation Office and the Department of Human Services findings can be found here.