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Ensuring contract management capability in government - Department of Education

In a report released today, the Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford, examined whether the Department of Education has the required contract management capability to effectively manage high-value goods and services contracts (over $250,000). In 2017–18, the department managed high-value goods and services contracts worth $3.08 billion, with most of the contracts running over multiple years.

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Managing native vegetation

The clearing of native vegetation on rural land is not effectively regulated and managed according to a report released today by the Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford. The processes supporting the regulatory framework are weak and there is no evidence-based assurance that clearing of native vegetation is carried out in accordance with approvals. 

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Contracting non-government organisations

The Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford, today released a report on how the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) is contracting non-government organisations (NGOs) to deliver community services in the Permanency Support Program (a component of out-of-home-care services) and Specialist Homelessness Services.

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Development assessment: pre-lodgement and lodgement in Camden Council and Randwick City Council

In a report released today, the Auditor-General, Margaret Crawford examines how well Camden and Randwick City Councils manage the pre-lodgement and lodgement stages of development assessment.

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Biosecurity risk management

The Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford, today released a report on biosecurity in New South Wales. The report focuses on the Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) as the lead agency for biosecurity in New South Wales. It examined how well the department responds to biosecurity emergencies and manages compliance activities. DPI’s state partners include NSW Health, the NSW Environment Protection Authority, Local Land Services, and Local Control Authorities. 

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Domestic waste management in Campbelltown City Council and Fairfield City Council

The Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford, today released a report on domestic waste management in Campbelltown and Fairfield councils. The report found that both councils collect and transport domestic kerbside waste effectively and process it at a low cost. The councils also effectively process waste placed in green-lid and yellow-lid bins, but neither Council has been able to enforce their contracts for processing red-lid bin waste. As a result, almost all such waste goes straight to landfill. 

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Universities 2018 audits

The Acting Auditor-General of New South Wales, Ian Goodwin, released a report today on the results of financial audits of NSW universities for the year ended 31 December 2018. All ten NSW universities received unqualified audit opinions. The combined revenues for all NSW universities increased to $10.7 billion in 2018, with expenses also increasing to $9.5 billion. Expenses grew at a higher rate than revenue, contributing to a 17 per cent decrease in universities combined operating margin per student. 

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Engagement of probity advisers and probity auditors

Three key agencies are not fully complying with the NSW Procurement Board’s Direction for engaging probity practitioners, according to a report released today by the Acting Auditor-General for New South Wales, Ian Goodwin. They also do not have effective processes to achieve compliance or assure that probity engagements achieved value for money. This audit examined Transport for NSW, the Department of Education and the Ministry of Health.

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Managing growth in the NSW prison population

The Department of Justice has relied heavily on temporary responses to accommodate growing prisoner numbers according to a report released today by the Acting Auditor-General for New South Wales, Ian Goodwin. Sustained reliance on temporary responses, including doubling and tripling up the number of beds in cells, reopening closed facilities and using ageing facilities, is inefficient and creates risks to safety and timely access to prisoner support services. 

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Wellbeing of secondary school students

The Department of Education has a strong focus on supporting secondary school students’ wellbeing. However, it is difficult to assess how well the department is progressing as it is yet to measure or report on the outcomes of this work at a whole-of-state level, according to a report released today by the Acting Auditor-General for New South Wales, Ian Goodwin. Individual schools do include wellbeing measures in their annual reports but the quality of the measures vary.