Media release: Health 2019

The Auditor-General, Margaret Crawford, released a report today on the New South Wales Health Cluster. The report focuses on key observations and findings from the most recent financial audits of the Ministry of Health, local health districts, specialty health networks, health corporations and independent health agencies in New South Wales. The report also summarises self-reported performance measures across the network.

The number and value of adjustments to financial statements of entities in the Health Cluster decreased from the prior year. And unqualified audit opinions were issued for all heath entities’ financial statements.

Audit findings relating to internal controls deficiencies increased across health entities. Contributing to this increase were deficiencies in information system controls, which accounted for nearly a quarter of all control deficiencies. Repeat audit findings also accounted for more than a quarter of all control deficiencies.

The report notes health entities continued to experience challenges with managing employees’ excessive annual leave and time recording practices. The Ambulance Service of New South Wales continued to report high overtime payments to its employees. 

Further information

Please contact Ian Goodwin, Deputy Auditor-General on 9275 7101 or