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Actions for Volume Nine 2012 focusing on Education and Communities

Volume Nine 2012 focusing on Education and Communities

Education
Community Services
Asset valuation
Financial reporting
Management and administration
Project management
Risk
Workforce and capability

In New South Wales in 2011, around 20 per cent of public school teachers were under 35 and less than 10 per cent were under 30. Nothing has changed during 2012. We need to do more to attract and retain young teachers to a profession that is essential for our children and our future prosperity.

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Actions for Volume Six 2012 focusing on Environment, Water and Regional Infrastructure

Volume Six 2012 focusing on Environment, Water and Regional Infrastructure

Finance
Premier and Cabinet
Industry
Planning
Environment

Last year it was reported that the cost to remediate contaminated sites in New South Wales is largely unknown and that remains the case today. It is noted that this is unlikely to change because parties responsible for contaminated sites can choose not to provide remediation costs, for sites regulated by EPA. The complexity and uniqueness of each contaminated site adds to the difficulty of accurately estimating costs.

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Actions for Volume Four 2012 focusing on Electricity

Volume Four 2012 focusing on Electricity

Planning
Industry
Financial reporting
Regulation

The audits of the seven State owned electricity corporations resulted in unqualified audit opinions. The electricity corporations’ end-of-year financial reporting is sound and well established, he added. After tax profits rose to $1.2 billion, up from $1.1 billion in 2010-11 and contributions to Government rose to $1.4 billion, up from $1.2 billion in 2010-11. These figures exclude profits and special dividends from the 2010-11 electricity sale transacti

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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 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 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 Volume Nine 2011 focus on Education and Communities

Volume Nine 2011 focus on Education and Communities

Education
Community Services
Asset valuation
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Project management
Workforce and capability

The report includes comments on financial audits of government agencies in the Education and Communities sectors. The audits of the above entities’ financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2011 resulted in unmodified audit opinions within the Independent Auditor’s Reports. A key finding was that Treasury should consider issuing further guidance to arts and cultural bodies on collection valuation methodologies due to the significance of these asset

Published

Actions for Volume Six 2011 focus on Environment, Water and Regional Infrastructure

Volume Six 2011 focus on Environment, Water and Regional Infrastructure

Planning
Industry
Asset valuation
Compliance
Financial reporting
Information technology
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Procurement
Project management
Regulation
Risk
Workforce and capability

The Environment Protection Authority’s expenditure for the financial year 2010/11 was $92 million - $76 million of this was for environment protection and regulation. The Office of Environment and Heritage and the Environment Protection Authority commenced 145 prosecutions for environmental offences and 106 were completed in the financial year 2010/11, down from the 134 prosecutions completed in 2009/10. Financial penalties for 2010/11 totalled $969,000

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Actions for Volume Four 2011 focusing on Electricity

Volume Four 2011 focusing on Electricity

Industry
Planning
Financial reporting
Information technology
Project management

The sale of the State’s electricity retail and trading rights raised $5.3 billion. The electricity retail businesses sold for a $3.08 billion profit with the electricity generation output sold for a $1.85 billion loss, delivering a overall profit of $1.23 billion. One recommendation is that  The Treasurer should consider releasing the Energy Reform Strategy relating to the development and ownership of the Cobbora Coal Project for public scrutiny to ensur

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Actions for Transport of Dangerous Goods

Transport of Dangerous Goods

Planning
Finance
Compliance
Management and administration
Project management
Regulation
Risk
Service delivery

Dangerous goods make up 10-15% of domestic freight and have potential to harm people, property and the environment. They include substances such as explosives, flammable liquids and gases, and oxidising agents. However, Government inspection programs were limited. The Office of Environment and Heritage carried out very few checks in the four years up to 2010, with no inspections made in the metropolitan area. This is despite Port Botany handling around 5