The 2019–20 bushfire emergencies, and the COVID-19 pandemic have had a significant impact on the people and public sector of New South Wales. The scale of government responses to both events has also been significant and has encompassed a wide range of activities, service delivery, governance and policy. Significant resources have been directed for emergency responses, and in assisting rebuilding and economic recovery. Some systems and processes have changed to reflect the need for quick service delivery in response to immediate needs.
This audit will examine the effectiveness of whole-of-government planning, preparedness and responses to recent emergencies.