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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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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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Health 2018

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 thirty health entities in New South Wales.

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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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HealthRoster benefits realisation

The HealthRoster system is delivering some business benefits but Local Health Districts are yet to use all of its features, according to a report released today by the Auditor-General for New South Wales,  Margaret Crawford. HealthRoster is an IT system designed to more effectively roster staff to meet the needs of Local Health Districts and other NSW health agencies. HealthRoster has improved on previous rostering practices and systems by:

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Managing risks in the NSW public sector: risk culture and capability

The Ministry of Health, NSW Fair Trading, NSW Police Force, and NSW Treasury Corporation are taking steps to strengthen their risk culture, according to a report released today by the Auditor-General, Margaret Crawford. 'Senior management communicates the importance of managing risk to their staff, and there are many examples of risk management being integrated into daily activities', the Auditor-General said.

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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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Managing demand for ambulance services

A report released today by the Acting Auditor-General of New South Wales, Ian Goodwin, found that NSW Ambulance has introduced several initiatives over the past decade to better manage the number of unnecessary ambulance responses and transports to hospital emergency departments. However, there is no overall strategy to guide the development of these initiatives nor do NSW Ambulance's data systems properly monitor their impact.