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Actions for NSW State Emergency Service Management of Volunteers

NSW State Emergency Service Management of Volunteers

Justice
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Project management
Risk
Service delivery
Workforce and capability

The SES needs to better understand the location, availability and skills of its volunteers so it can properly plan for emergency events. It needs to improve how it selects and retains the right volunteers and provide more up-to-date and focused training. The SES has improved volunteer safety with injury claims falling by 40 per cent to 70 in the four years to 30 June 2013. The average cost of claims has fallen by 58 per cent to $3,547. The SES attribute

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Actions for Fitness of Firefighters

Fitness of Firefighters

Justice
Internal controls and governance
Risk
Workforce and capability

Fire and Rescue NSW do not know whether all its firefighters are fit to perform their full range of operational duties. Once they are employed, there are no formal checks on firefighters’ health and fitness during their career. Also, while a health standard for firefighters has been developed it has not been agreed nor implemented.   Parliamentary reference - Report number #239 - released 1 April 2014

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Actions for Managing Injured Police

Managing Injured Police

Justice
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Service delivery
Workforce and capability

Overall, the NSW Police Force’s approach to managing injured officers since 2006 is appropriate, focusing on notification and early intervention and the development of successful return to work plans. Early intervention and return to work are the key factors in successfully managing injured officers and reducing the cost of workplace injuries. The Force has not done this well in the past. Through the establishment of the safety command, the Force has bui

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Actions for Improving Literacy and Numeracy in Public Schools

Improving Literacy and Numeracy in Public Schools

Education
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Service delivery
Workforce and capability

During the course of the audit we were impressed by the dedication and efforts of teachers in NSW public schools, particularly when dealing with the needs of students with learning difficulties. Although NSW schools perform well nationally and internationally, NSW has a high concentration of poor outcomes in some schools and some regions. Each year a group of between 5 and 15 per cent of children are at risk of not reaching the minimum level of achieveme

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Actions for Delivering Health Care out of Hospitals

Delivering Health Care out of Hospitals

Health
Management and administration
Project management
Service delivery
Workforce and capability

Area Health Services and hospitals have developed programs which can provide clinical outcomes as good for patients as in-hospital care and can reduce the time they spend in hospital. They have operated for several years and show considerable potential. Ageing of the population, increasing costs and higher expectations of health care will continue to challenge health systems. Sometimes, unfortunately, the system struggles to cope.    Parliamentary refe

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Actions for Working with Hotels and Clubs to Reduce Alcohol-Related Crime

Working with Hotels and Clubs to Reduce Alcohol-Related Crime

Justice
Compliance
Management and administration
Regulation
Service delivery
Shared services and collaboration
Workforce and capability

In NSW alcohol-related assaults have almost doubled over the last ten years. In 2006-07 there were 20,475 alcohol-related assaults excluding domestic violence incidents, up from 10,305 in 1997-98. In fact, the number of these assaults is increasing at a faster rate than total assaults. Incidences of alcohol-related malicious damage and offensive conduct have also increased, rising by 87 and 70 per cent respectively. Working with hotels and clubs to reduc

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Actions for Managing the Amalgamation of the Greyhound and Harness Racing Regulatory Authority

Managing the Amalgamation of the Greyhound and Harness Racing Regulatory Authority

Industry
Information technology
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Project management
Shared services and collaboration
Workforce and capability

The Authority has achieved staff reductions and salary related savings in line with targets. That said, the amalgamation was not project managed effectively. It has been slow to implement some of its key objectives against plans and the costs of the amalgamation have increased to the extent that it is unable to meet key objectives. Stakeholders are dissatisfied with the amalgamation outcomes. This dissatisfaction would have been mitigated with better com

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Actions for Efficiency of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Efficiency of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Justice
Information technology
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Service delivery
Workforce and capability

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) prosecutes the most serious criminal cases on behalf of the people of New South Wales. The ODPP says it is efficient. We acknowledge that the ODPP has many skilful and committed staff who work very hard to achieve good results for the people of NSW. It could not, however, provide sufficient evidence for us to reach a conclusion on its efficiency. We also identified some significant opportunities fo

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Actions for Ageing Workforce - Teachers

Ageing Workforce - Teachers

Education
Management and administration
Service delivery
Workforce and capability

The Department of Education and Training including TAFE NSW is faced with the loss of large numbers of retiring teachers and their associated skills and the need to replace this loss in an increasingly competitive labour environment. While the overall impact of the ageing workforce is likely to be gradual, there is still a risk of shortages. This will particularly apply to specialist secondary school teachers and TAFE teachers in certain skill sets or at

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Actions for Police Rostering

Police Rostering

Justice
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Risk
Service delivery
Workforce and capability

Overall, the NSW Police Force (the Force) is not meeting its target for responding to urgent calls for assistance. Today, one in four complaints is about customer service. Victims of crime report issues including difficulties in contacting an officer and frustration at having to wait for an officer to return to duty to find out about their case. The timeliness of investigations is also at risk when follow-up is delayed. Seventy per cent of commanders sur