Report on Health 2018

12 December 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.

Unqualified audit opinions were issued for all health entities’ financial statements. However, assessing the fair value of health entities’ property, plant and equipment created challenges, particularly for local health districts.

The number of audit findings on internal controls decreased across health entities. However, over a quarter of these findings had previously been brought to management’s attention and almost one in three related to employees’ time and leave recording practices, and excessive annual leave.

The report notes that New South Wales Health delivered $1.7 billion in capital works during 2017-18.

Further information

A full copy of the report is available here.

Barry Underwood, Director, Office of the Auditor-General, on 0403 073 664 and email


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