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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Page: 3550


Dr Stone asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, in writing, on 27 November 2008:

In respect of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship internal performance reviews:

(a)   how many are currently underway; (b) what is each evaluating; (c) on what date will each report; and (d) how many have been completed since November 2007.


Mr McClelland (Attorney-General) —The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship has provided the following answer to the honourable member’s question:

(a)   Eleven internal performance reviews were currently underway.

(b)   and (c) The following list provides details of internal performance reviews which were currently underway and the expected reporting date: Review of Systems for People Program performance to provide specialist and independent advice on the Department’s progress against those recommendations associated with Boston Consulting Group (Completed February 2009). Review strategies for the Living in Harmony program’s funding and communication approach to ensure the program effectively addresses issues of cultural, racial and religious intolerance, while promoting respect, fairness, inclusion and a sense of belonging for everyone (Completed January 2009). Mid-term evaluation of the National Action Plan to Build on Social Cohesion, Harmony and Security (National Action Plan) to review the appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of the NAP and DIAC’s role as well as other federal agencies, state and territory governments and community grants (August 2009). Performance and Financial Audit of selected Settlement Grants (Completed February 2009). Evaluation of a Regional Settlement Pilot Project to identify key procedural lessons learned from the Pilot, document processes, engage key stakeholders and identify successful strategies (Completed January 2009). Adult Migrant English Program Review of structure and outcomes (Completion date yet to be determined). Legal Services Panel Review of information capture relating to current legal services panel key performance indicators (June 2009). Management of the notification of decisions to identify and map the different types of departmental notifications, provide a risk based analysis of these notifications and provide assurance that policy and legislative requirements are being met (Completed December 2008). Risk based audit of selected visa classes (onshore protection) to examine the management of the onshore protection program and achievement of program objectives (Completed February 2009). This is part of a regular review process for the program overall. Proust Review - Evaluation of the Palmer and Comrie Reform Agenda - including Related Ombudsman Reports (Completed December 2008. Report publicly available). Ministerial Communications review to examine the management, quality assurance and timeliness of ministerial submissions and correspondence (March 2009).

(d)   Nineteen internal performance reviews have been completed between November 2007 and 27 November 2008.