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Actions for Waste management in local government
Communities expect local councils to collect and dispose of their household waste effectively and economically. They also expect local council waste services to include recycling, reuse, green waste, declining land fill and safe handling of toxic waste. Our audit will examine how selected councils are managing their waste services.
Actions for Managing the growth of the NSW prison population
Between 2011 and 2016, the prison population in NSW rose by over 30 per cent. This placed significant pressure on existing prison infrastructure. Whilst the growth in the State’s prison population is now slowing, the prison system continues to operate at close to capacity. In the 2016–17 Budget, the NSW Government announced $3.8 billion over four years for the Prison Bed Capacity Program to address the increased population. Our audit will examine how wel
Actions for Amalgamation: managing staffing implications
Local councils have faced a range of challenges in ensuring amalgamations progress smoothly. One such challenge is in ensuring they carefully balance the opportunity to create efficiencies and economies with the rights and welfare of council staff. Our audit will examine how selected councils have addressed these challenges.
Actions for Wellbeing in secondary schools
Schools play a critical role in helping children and young people engage with the world around them. The $167 million Supported Students, Successful Students initiative commenced in 2015. Some of the additional resources under the initiative included 236 new school counselling/psychology positions, $51 million for wellbeing services equivalent to an additional 200 Student Support Officers, 500 graduate scholarships to boost the recruitment of school coun
Actions for Aboriginal health plan
The Aboriginal Health Plan is a result of the NSW Government's commitment to close the health gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in NSW. The strategic directions of the Plan consider key issues, such as how to build respectful, trusting and effective partnerships between NSW Health and the Aboriginal communities it serves. The Plan contains a strong focus on strengthening performance monitoring, management and accountability. The scope of o
Actions for Biosecurity risk management
A strong biosecurity system is vital for protecting our primary industries, our economy and our community. In 2013, the NSW Government released the NSW Biosecurity Strategy 2013–2021, that is based on the principle that biosecurity is a shared responsibility between governments, industries and individuals. The Strategy outlines how government, industry and the community need to work together to identify, prevent, eradicate, minimise, respond to and mana
Actions for Engagement of probity advisers and probity auditors
This audit will assess: NSW Government agencies’ compliance with the Procurement Board Direction ‘PBD-2013-05 Engagement of Probity Advisers and Probity Auditors’ whether agencies have effective processes to ensure their use of probity advisers and probity auditors provides the government with good value for money.
Actions for Development applications: pre-lodgement and lodgement
In March 2017, the NSW Department of Planning and Environment released the ‘Development Assessment Best Practice Guide’ in recognition of the role the development assessment process plays in delivering new housing and the Premier’s priority for faster housing approvals. The ICAC also publishes guidance on better practice for development assessment. This audit will assess the extent to which Camden and Randwick councils’ practices and procedures for t
Actions for Management of native vegetation
The Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and Local Land Services Amendment Act 2016 were introduced as part of a package of reforms to allow land owners to: improve productivity while responding to environmental risks invest in conserving high value vegetation on private land streamline approvals and dedicated resources to help reduce the regulatory burden. Transitioning to this new approach commenced in August 2017. The scope of our audit will include