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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 the Department of 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. 

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Workforce reform in three amalgamated councils

The Inner West Council and the Snowy Monaro and Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Councils have all made progress towards efficient organisational structures following the amalgamation of their former council areas in 2016, according to a report released today by the Auditor-General of New South Wales.

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Governance of Local Health Districts

The main roles, responsibilities and relationships between Local Health Districts (LHDs), their Boards and the Ministry of Health are clear and understood, according to a report released today by the Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford. However, there are opportunities to achieve further maturity in the system of governance and the audit report recommended a series of actions to further strengthen governance arrangements.

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Members' Additional Entitlements 2018

The Auditor-General, Margaret Crawford, today released a report on the annual review of additional entitlements claimed by Members of the New South Wales Parliament under the Parliamentary Remuneration Tribunal’s Determination. The review analysed all claims made by Members and tested a sample of claims paid for the year ended 30 June 2018 in more detail.

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Report on Local Government 2018

The Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford, released her report today on the Local Government sector. The report focuses on key observations and findings from the 2017-18 financial audits of 135 councils in New South Wales and the 2016-17 audit of Bayside Council. The report also includes commentary on three performance audits published in 2018.