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Managing native vegetation

The clearing of native vegetation on rural land is not effectively regulated and managed according to a report released today by the Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford. The processes supporting the regulatory framework are weak and there is no evidence-based assurance that clearing of native vegetation is carried out in accordance with approvals. 

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Planning and Environment 2018

The Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford, released her report today on the NSW Planning and Environment 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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Regulation of water pollution in drinking water catchments and illegal disposal of solid waste

There are important gaps in how the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) implements its regulatory framework for water pollution in drinking water catchments and illegal solid waste disposal. This limits the effectiveness of its regulatory responses, according to a report released today by the Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford.

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Regional Assistance Programs

Infrastructure NSW effectively manages how grant applications for regional assistance programs are assessed and recommended for funding. Its contract management processes are also effective. However, we are unable to conclude whether the objectives of these programs have been achieved as the relevant agencies have not yet measured their benefits, 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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Planning and Environment 2017

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

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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.