Media release: Internal controls and governance 2019

A report released today by the Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford, covers the findings and recommendations from the 2018–19 financial audits that relate to internal controls and governance at 40 of the largest agencies in the NSW public sector. The 40 agencies selected for this report constitute around 84 per cent of total expenditure for all NSW public sector agencies. 

The report provides insights into the effectiveness of controls and governance processes across the NSW public sector. It evaluates how agencies identify, mitigate and manage risks related to:

  • financial controls
  • information technology controls
  • gifts and benefits
  • internal audit
  • contingent labour
  • sensitive data.

The Auditor-General recommended that agencies do more to prioritise and address vulnerabilities in their internal controls and governance. The Auditor-General also recommended agencies increase the transparency of their management of gifts and benefits by publishing their registers on their websites.

Further information

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