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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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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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Supply of secondary teachers in STEM-related disciplines

The NSW Department of Education’s plans and strategies to respond to the demand for secondary teachers in STEM-related disciplines are limited by incomplete data and underperforming scholarship and sponsorship programs, according to a report released today by the Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford.

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Education 2018

The Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford, released her report today on the results of the financial audits of agencies in the Education cluster. The report focuses on key observations and findings from the most recent financial audits of these agencies.

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Internal Controls and Governance 2018

The Auditor-General for New South Wales Margaret Crawford found that as NSW state government agencies’ digital footprint increases they need to do more to address new and emerging information technology (IT) risks. This is one of the key findings to emerge from the second stand-alone report on internal controls and governance of the 40 largest NSW state government agencies, released today. 

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State Finances 2018

The Auditor-General, Margaret Crawford released her report today on the State Finances for the year ended 30 June 2018. ‘I am pleased to once again report that I issued a clear audit opinion on the state’s consolidated financial statements,’ the Auditor-General said. ‘This demonstrates the government’s focus on preparing high quality information on the state’s financial position and performance for use by stakeholders’.  

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Procurement and reporting of consultancy services 2018

Agencies need to improve their compliance with requirements governing the procurement of consultancy services. These requirements help agencies access procurement savings. Also, some agencies have under-reported consultancy fees in their annual reports for the 2016-17 financial year, according to a report released today by the Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford.

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Grants to non-government schools

The NSW Department of Education could strengthen its management of the $1.2 billion provided to non-government schools annually. This would provide greater accountability for the use of public funds, according to a report released today by the Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford.

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Internal Controls and Governance 2017

Agencies need to do more to address risks posed by information technology (IT), NSW Auditor-General Margaret Crawford has found. 'IT control deficiencies were the most common source of internal control issues in our 2016-17 audits of NSW agencies', Ms Crawford said.

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Education 2017

The Auditor-General, Margaret Crawford released her report today on the results of the financial audits of agencies in the Education cluster. The report focuses on key observations and findings from the most recent audits of these agencies.