Public administration and finance
Government advertising 2016
The Government Advertising Act 2011 requires the Auditor-General to conduct a performance audit on at least one government advertising campaign run in each financial year. These audits must include, but are not limited to, assessing whether a government agency is carrying out activities in relation to government advertising campaigns effectively and doing so economically and efficiently and in compliance with this Act, the regulations, other laws and the government advertising guidelines.
Red tape reduction
The government committed to reducing regulatory costs for business and the community by $750 million in annual terms by June 2015. This target was part of the NSW Government's 2021 State Plan goal to reduce red tape and increase the competitiveness of doing business in NSW. Actions to deliver on this target included:
- setting red tape reduction targets for all NSW Government departments
- including a requirement in department secretary contracts for reporting against the target
- requiring that the number of principal Acts/regulations repealed in a calendar year is at least twice the number of new principal Acts/regulations (‘One on, two off’ policy)
- targeted sector reviews
- regulation reviews by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.
This audit will assess whether government initiatives and processes to prevent and reduce red tape were effective. The audit will examine the following:
- Did savings initiatives effectively reduce red tape?
- Did the ‘One-on, two-off’ policy effectively reduce red tape?
- Does the Department of Premier and Cabinet effectively review regulatory proposals to ensure they prevent and reduce red tape?
Contingent workforce: procurement and management
Government agencies spend a significant amount of money buying goods and services to help them deliver crucial services and programs for the community. Part of this spend includes people who work for agencies on a non-permanent basis, also called a contingent workforce. Agencies need contingent staff to provide skills and capabilities that they do not have, for example, to fill a position while a staff member is on leave or where specialist knowledge is needed. The government has sought to reform how agencies purchase contingent staff and in 2013 introduced a contingent workforce pre-qualification scheme.
This audit will assess whether agencies’ approach to purchasing and managing their contingent workforce meets business needs and delivers value for money. The audit will answer the following questions:
- do agencies have effective oversight of their contingent workforce and ensure that it meets their business needs?
- do agencies’ arrangements for purchasing and managing their contingent workforce deliver value for money?
By ‘contingent workforce’ we mean people employed by a contingent labour supplier under the 0007 prequalification scheme. The audit will not specifically assess:
- contingent workforce procurement that is not part of the pre-qualification scheme
- other labour procurement schemes such as Performance and Management Services
- NSW Procurement’s role in monitoring the Government’s Contingent Workforce Strategy
- the operations of suppliers i.e. recruitment agencies.
However, we may comment on these issues/areas where they affect our findings or to provide context.
Implementation of the Government’s Program Evaluation Framework
In 2013, the NSW Government introduced program evaluation as a strategy to improve transparency and justification for government programs. The stated objective of program evaluation was for New South Wales to lead the way in evidence-based policy, by ensuring that evaluation is an integral part of managing government programs at every stage of the policy cycle. Agencies must identify their programs and assess the level of evaluation they are required to undertake according to criteria published in the 2013 NSW Government Evaluation Framework and the 2016 Evaluation Guidelines. Departments must aggregate this information for their clusters and submit an annual schedule to the Expenditure Review Committee of Cabinet, outlining evaluations commencing, in progress or to be completed within the year.
This audit will assess how well five departments ensure that their cluster’s annual evaluation schedule meets the criteria for program selection and prioritisation. We will examine progress towards achieving the government’s stated objective for program evaluation. The audit will not seek to assess the quality of program evaluations, as this is being reviewed by NSW Treasury.
Delivering major projects – NorthConnex
(See description of audit under Transport)
Management of injured workers
(See description of audit under Police and justice)
- Government Advertising 2017
- Implementation of the government's Risk Management Framework
- Public private partnerships contract management
- Property Asset Utilisation Taskforce
- Government advertising
- Local government reforms - progress since the 2013 review panel report
- Governance of State financial assets and liabilities
- Corporate and shared services
- ICT Investment Assurance Framework