‘ Lift game’ on em­bassies

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE au­dit of­fice has urged the For­eign Affairs Depart­ment to lift its game on se­cu­rity ar­range­ments for over­seas mis­sions. The depart­ment spent $ 114.5 mil­lion in 2015- 16 on se­cu­rity for 104 diplo­matic posts. An Aus­tralian Na­tional Au­dit Of­fice re­port re­leased yes­ter­day made seven rec­om­men­da­tions in­clud­ing bet­ter train­ing and im­prov­ing the qual­ity of se­cu­rity risk as­sess­ments and re­port­ing of breaches. The re­port noted one risk in which guards and an Xray ma­chine were listed as se­cu­rity mea­sures but the guards did not know how to op­er­ate the ma­chine.

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