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Northern Territory Auditor-General's Office, February 2023 Report to the Legislative Assembly



Northern Territory Auditor-General's Office, February 2023 Report to the Legislative Assembly

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Auditor-General for the Northern Territory February 2023 Report Page 47 of 131 Darwin City Deal cont Audit observations Governance structure The key groups with oversight responsibility for the Darwin City Deal are the: Implementation Board Provides strategic oversight of delivery of all City Deal commitments and provides briefings to responsible Ministers about progress, emerging risks and opportunities as required. Reviews and endorses Annual Progress Report before it is sent to responsible Ministers for approval. Agrees membership and terms of reference for steering groups. NTG Executive Group Established to monitor progress of the NTG commitments and provide an escalation point for key matters arising from NTG Darwin City Deal matters. Any delays and reprioritisation of projects are considered by this group prior to being presented to the Implementation Board. DCMC The Territory Regional Growth division is the portfolio lead for the NTGs role in the Darwin City Deal, coordinating delivery across the NTG and managing the relationship back with the Commonwealth Government. Steering Committees Oversee the implementation of specific commitments, as required. Membership of the NTG Executive Group comprises Chief Executive Officers from relevant departments including DCMC and the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (DIPL). DCMC staff advised that the group meets every 6 to 8 weeks. There is no documented governance structure at the NTG level outlining responsible persons and their roles. Proceedings of meetings are not formally recorded, consequently, I was unable to verify key decisions made by the Executive Group, including changes in deliverables and priorities for sub-projects. Project management The Implementation Plan established in November 2019 sets out responsible parties for each Darwin City Deal sub-project as shown in Table 2. There was no documented plan at the NTG level defining the agency and key contact responsible for each sub-project. Risk assessment Risk assessments were performed at the sub-project level by the responsible delivery agency. Key risks to the delivery of sub-projects and related mitigation strategies are communicated to the project steering committee. There was no evidence of an overarching or across-government risk assessment at the whole of NTG level in connection with the overall delivery of the Darwin City Deal.