KPMG has strongly denied claims in the media about a report by consulting firm Anchoram Consulting into Defence’s ‘One Defence Data’ project.

A spokesperson for KPMG said: “There is absolutely no substance to these allegations. KPMG adamantly rejects any claim of impropriety and can confirm Defence has not paid one dollar more than they should have for our work on the One Defence Data project.”

“KPMG and Defence requirements for quality assurance, independence and managing conflicts of interest have been met at all times,” the spokesperson said. “KPMG has adhered to the strict rules established by Defence and its own governance systems and processes.”

It has been reported that in a letter to Senator David Pocock, the Department of Defence said the review was beyond the scope of works and the final report was not endorsed. 

At the time of writing, the review has not been publicly released and was not formally provided to KPMG for response.