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Biosecurity risk management

The Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford, today released a report on biosecurity in New South Wales. The report focuses on the Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) as the lead agency for biosecurity in New South Wales. It examined how well the department responds to biosecurity emergencies and manages compliance activities. DPI’s state partners include the Department of Health, the NSW Environment Protection Authority, Local Land Services, and Local Control Authorities. 

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Industry 2018

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

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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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Matching skills training with market needs

The NSW Department of Industry targets subsidies towards training programs delivering skills most needed in New South Wales. However, the Department still provides subsidies to qualifications that the market may no longer need, according to a report released today by Margaret Crawford, Auditor-General for New South Wales.  Under the Smart and Skilled program, the Department maintains a list of qualifications eligible for funding and subsidises students who undertake these courses.

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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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Industry 2017

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

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Agency compliance with NSW Government travel policies

A report released today by the Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford, highlights that overall, agencies materially complied with NSW Government travel policies.

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Energy rebates for low income households

The Department of Planning and Environment provides more than $245 million in energy rebates to around 27 percent of NSW households. A report released today by the Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford, highlights that the department is not monitoring the rebate schemes to understand whether they are delivering the best outcomes.

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Mining rehabilitation security deposits

The Department of Planning and Environment requires mining companies to rehabilitate sites according to conditions set in the mining development approval. The Department holds mining rehabilitation security deposits that are meant to cover the full cost of rehabilitation if a mining company defaults on its rehabilitation obligations.