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February 2008 report to the Legislative Assembly



February 2008 report to the Legislative Assembly


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Auditor-General for the Northern Territory February 2008 Report 69 Department of Health and Community Services cont The system owner advised agreement with the issue raised, but noted that a lack of staff resourcing requires one person to perform both functions. The system owner advised that he performs a monthly review of stock variances for all areas on QANTEL to assist with detecting inappropriate activity in addition to the compensating controls noted earlier. Lack of documentation The audit observed a lack of documentation to enable DHCS to understand QANTELs ability to enforce segregation of duty controls. Discussion with DHCS staff and the vendor gave conflicting information regarding QANTELs ability to limit access to particular functions and what restrictions are in place. Evidence to verify the following functions have been segregated and limited to appropriate personnel was limited: The ability to create purchase orders and receive stock in QANTEL; The ability to add, modify and remove vendors from the QANTEL vendor master listing; and The ability to add, modify and remove inventory master file details from the QANTEL inventory master file. Weaknesses around general IT controls as noted earlier combined with the inability to verify IT application level controls increases the risk of inappropriate and unauthorised access to key information assets and/or acquire stock. This may include via: Unauthorised purchase orders and receiving journals being created; and Details within the inventory master file (e.g. minimum inventory re-order levels) becoming inaccurate.

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