Probity Management in Rural Research and Development Corporations

Auditor-General Report No. 21 of 2019-20

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) undertook a probity audit of the five statutory Research and Development Corporations in 2019. This included: AgriFutures Australia (open to all agricultural industries), Cotton RDC, Fisheries RDC, Grains RDC, and Wine Australia. The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the rural research and development corporations’ management of probity. The audit criteria were:

  • do the corporations have appropriate probity arrangements?
  • have the corporations complied with applicable probity requirements?

The Auditor- General published the Performance Audit Report on Wednesday 18 December 2019 – the report can be found at this link https://www.anao.gov.au/work/performance-audit/probity-management-rural-research-and-development-corporations

The FRDC Board has accepted all recommendations, and has established a timeline to ensure the performance improvements are all adopted by FRDC.


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