Health 2017

The Acting Auditor-General, Ian Goodwin released a report today on the results of the financial audits of entities in the NSW health cluster. The report focuses on key observations and findings from the most recent audits of these entities.

'It is pleasing to report that all NSW Health cluster entities' financial statements received unqualified audit opinions,' the Acting Auditor-General said. 'The timeliness of financial reporting remains at a high standard.'

The report also includes a range of findings on service delivery. Overall, NSW Health is achieving most of their targets. Some local health districts are continuing to experience increased demand for their services and are finding it more difficult to meet their targets. For example, three local health districts had not achieved some emergency department response time targets for three consecutive years.

Managing excess annual leave is a continual challenge for NSW Health, and NSW Ambulance's overtime payments remain significantly higher than other health entities.

Further information

Barry Underwood, Director, Office of the Auditor-General, on 9275 7220 or 0403 073 664 and email