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Actions for The Impact of the Raised School Leaving Age

The Impact of the Raised School Leaving Age

Education
Management and administration
Service delivery

The Department monitors the attendance of all students who remain enrolled at government schools, and responds when these students fail to attend. For young people that have been granted an exemption from attending school, the Department monitors apprentices, trainees and those completing the equivalent of Year 10 of secondary education at TAFE. However, the Department does not monitor young people post Year 10 in full-time work or vocational education p

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Actions for Monitoring Local Government

Monitoring Local Government

Local Government
Premier and Cabinet
Compliance
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration

The Division of Local Government (DLG) has helped many NSW councils improve their long-term financial planning and asset management practice. Many councils are serving their communities well. However, because DLG lacks the power, it finds it difficult to respond effectively when things go wrong.   Parliamentary reference - Report number #225 - released 26 September 2012

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Actions for Improving the Literacy of Aboriginal Students in NSW Public Schools

Improving the Literacy of Aboriginal Students in NSW Public Schools

Education
Management and administration
Project management

The Department of Education and Communities needs to do more to improve the literacy of Aboriginal students in NSW Government schools. By Year Three around 40 per cent of Aboriginal students are at or below minimum standard for reading. Unfortunately, this is almost triple the rate of non-Aboriginal students. By Year Five around 50 per cent of Aboriginal students are at or below the minimum standard.   Parliamentary reference - Report number #224 - rel

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Actions for Managing Overtime: RailCorp and Roads and Maritime Services

Managing Overtime: RailCorp and Roads and Maritime Services

Transport
Management and administration
Workforce and capability

Overtime is a significant cost for RailCorp and Roads and Maritime Services, adding about ten per cent to the cost of regular salaries. RailCorp’s overtime cost was $133.7 million in 2010–11, and at Roads and Maritime Services it cost $49.3 million.   Parliamentary reference - Report number #223 - released 20 June 2012

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Actions for Physical Activity in Government Primary Schools

Physical Activity in Government Primary Schools

Education
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Project management

The Department of Education and Communities should improve physical activity in NSW government primary schools. Around 30 per cent of government primary schools are not providing the required two hours of physical education and sport per week.   Parliamentary reference - Report number #222 - released 13 June 2012

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Actions for Managing IT Services Contracts

Managing IT Services Contracts

Finance
Health
Justice
Compliance
Information technology
Internal controls and governance
Procurement
Project management
Risk

Neither agency (NSW Ministry of Health and NSW Police Force) demonstrated that they continued to get value for money over the life of these long term contracts or that they had effectively managed all critical elements of the three contracts we reviewed post award. This is because both agencies treated contract extensions or renewals as simply continuing previous contractual arrangements, rather than as establishing a new contract and financial commitmen