Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation works closely with service providers, government agencies and Aboriginal communities on the APY Lands to coordinate service delivery, as well as to support APY in discharging its responsibilities under the APY Land Rights Act 1981.
Copies of reports summarising these activities and additional documents relating to governance and funding arrangements in the APY Lands include:
APY Land Rights Administration Grant Review
Progress on the APY Lands
These publications serve to provide an overview of developments and specific highlights in service provision and the initiatives that have been established to strengthen community governance and collaboration between both the Commonwealth and State Governments, the APY, Community Councils and communities.
APY E-brief December 2017 (839 KB)
APY Funding Audit undertaken by Ernst & Young
In July 2015, the Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and the former State Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, announced that an audit would be undertaken of State and Commonwealth Government funds provided to APY in 2014-15.
The audit followed a report by KPMG (1 May 2015) which found there was a lack of financial control and non-compliance with required expenditure delegations during the last six months of 2014.
Ernst & Young (EY) was engaged to provide a review of 2014-15 general ledger transactions for Commonwealth and State Government funding agreements.
The objectives were:
- to provide a view on whether transactions for the 2014-2015 financial year were administered in accordance with relevant Commonwealth and State Government funding agreements (Phase 1 Report)
- to identify areas for improvement identified in Phase 1 (Phase 2 Report).
The audit covered 15 Commonwealth and State funding agreements and around 14,000 General Ledger transactions.
The Phase 1 Report identifies that:
- 53% of transactions were ‘in accordance’
- 5% were ‘not in accordance’
- 42% of transactions were classified as ‘cannot be determined’.
Transactions classified as ‘not in accordance’ partially occurred due to the transactions being recorded outside of the stipulated grant funding timeframe but otherwise allocated to the intended purpose.
The large number of transactions identified as ‘cannot be determined’ is due to the fact that a limited amount of documentation was available for review. This made it difficult to fully ascertain if the expenditure was entirely in accordance or not with the relevant funding agreement.
The Phase 2 Report shows there has been progress by APY in addressing the 10 main issues identified in the Phase 1 Report. For example, the Chart of Accounts has been simplified and Delegations of Authority have been modified to improve controls. The Report also identified future action required to further strengthen APY’s control environment and as a result EY delivered a Financial Management System Awareness workshop to develop employee capability with respect to Financial Management.
The State Government intends to engage Mr Austin Taylor from Meertens Chartered Accountants to assist APY on potential changes to their cattle business. He will also provide advice on the ongoing implementation of the Phase 2 Report recommendations.