Actions for Business and service continuity planning: Bega Valley Shire Council and Snowy Valleys Council
Business and service continuity planning assists organisations to prepare for and ensure they can maintain, adapt or restore service delivery in the event of an incident or crisis. This includes natural disasters, such as bushfires, storms and floods. Ideally, business continuity plans would ensure organisations are prepared to respond effectively to the impact of incidents or crises on a wide range of areas including service delivery, safety and availab
Actions for Investment in regional development
In 2017, the NSW Government announced a Regional Development Framework which provides a scaffold for better coordination, decision making and effort on the ground. The NSW Government recognised the need to be more strategic and better coordinated if it is to make a difference, particularly in addressing some of the serious issues facing regional NSW such as pockets of youth unemployment, social disadvantage, changing economic opportunities and increased
Actions for Building regulation–responding to combustible external cladding
In July 2017, following the Grenfell Tower fire in London the previous month, the NSW Government announced a 10-point fire safety reform plan intended to be Australia’s most comprehensive response’ to that disaster. The NSW Government established an inter-departmental entity, the NSW Cladding Taskforce, to coordinate and roll out the reforms, including to identify and make safe any buildings in New South Wales that may be affected by combustible cladd
Actions for Coordination of emergency responses
The 2019–20 bushfire emergencies, and the COVID-19 pandemic have had a significant impact on the people and public sector of New South Wales. The scale of government responses to both events has also been significant and has encompassed a wide range of activities, service delivery, governance and policy. Significant resources have been directed for emergency responses, and in assisting rebuilding and economic recovery. Some systems and processes have cha
Actions for Security and privacy of patient information
Local Health Districts manage large volumes of private patient information and have their own systems for data management with differing approaches to data protection. Clinicians in busy hospital environments require timely access to data and systems to effectively treat patients. Increased accessibility may in turn increase the risk of poor data and system security practices. Recent experience in other jurisdictions has also demonstrated that operationa
Actions for Machinery of Government changes
In April 2019, after the NSW State election, the Premier introduced changes to the structure of NSW Government agencies (known as Machinery of Government changes). These changes included the consolidation of government agencies into a structure of eight clusters. This audit will consider issues such as whether the 2019 Machinery of Government changes achieved their effectiveness and efficiency goals and improved public sector administration.
Actions for Integrity of grant program administration
This audit will examine the integrity of the assessment and approval processes for the Stronger Communities Fund (tied grants round) and Regional Cultural Fund, both of which were administered in 2017 and 2018.
Actions for Police responses to domestic and family violence
Domestic and family violence is a crime that takes many forms including emotional and psychological abuse, intimidation, harassment, stalking and sexual assault and can include animal abuse targeting pets, and damaging personal or joint property. The NSW Police Force plays a vital role in investigating domestic and family violence incidents and supporting victim-survivors. The objective of th