The Auditor-General, John Ryan, has decided to carry out
an inquiry into aspects of the Government’s Strategic
Tourism Assets Protection Programme.
the Programme have been raised in the media and with our
office. Tourism businesses have questioned the clarity and
transparency of the Programme’s criteria and whether they
were applied consistently. Because of the concerns we have
heard, the amount of public funding involved, and the
importance of robust processes to ensure public trust and
confidence is not eroded, we have decided to carry out an
In keeping with the Auditor-General’s role,
our inquiry will focus on the actions and processes
underpinning the initial eligibility assessments and
subsequent assessment of eligible proposals.
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