Audit background

WestInvest is a $5 billion funding program that was announced in September 2021. It provided funding for infrastructure projects that would 'improve the liveability of communities and support economic recovery' in the Western Sydney area. $2 billion in funding was allocated via a community projects stream and $3 billion was allocated to projects delivered by NSW government agencies.

Audit objective

The objective of the audit is to assess the integrity of the design and administration of the WestInvest Program. This includes assessing the effectiveness of the overall design of the WestInvest program and the award of funding through the “community project grants” and “NSW government projects” streams of the program.

Estimated tabling period

Early 2024

Agencies audited

Premier’s Department
NSW Treasury

Share your views

This audit is open to taking submissions from members of the public, non-government organisations, charitable organisations, community groups, and local councils. If you would like to make a submission to the audit, please consider the following targeted questions:

  1. Did NSW Government agencies clearly communicate information about eligibility and how to apply for funding under the WestInvest $2 billion Community Project Fund?
  2. If you applied for funding under the Community Project Fund, what was your experience with the application and assessment process?

Please note that the audit is not investigating individual projects and will not result in a change in grant allocations.

To provide feedback, click on ‘Contribute to this audit’ or the message icon at the top right.

Submissions will be accepted until 8 October 2023.

We will not publish the information you provide on our website or in the audit report.

In specific circumstances the Audit Office does have certain reporting obligations for matters relating to wrongdoing in the public sector that come to our attention. For more information on our confidentiality and reporting obligations for submissions, please visit this page.