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Actions for Development applications: assessment and determination stages

Development applications: assessment and determination stages

Local Government
Planning
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Service delivery

A development application (DA) is a formal application for development that requires consent under the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. It is usually lodged with the local council for processing and determination, and consists of standard application forms, supporting technical reports and plans.  The NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE)’s ‘Development Assessment Best Practice Guide' describes the development assessment pr

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Actions for Local Government 2021

Local Government 2021

Local Government
Asset valuation
Cyber security
Financial reporting
Information technology

What the report is about Results of the local government sector council financial statement audits for the year ended 30 June 2021. What we found Unqualified audit opinions were issued for 126 councils, 13 joint organisation audits and nine county councils in 2020–21.  A qualified audit opinion was issued for Central Coast Council who was unable to provide evidence to support the carrying value of $5.5 billion of roads, bridges, footpaths, bulk earth

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Actions for NSW planning portal

NSW planning portal

Planning
Industry
Environment
Local Government
Information technology
Project management
Risk

What the report is about The ePlanning program is an initiative of the Department of Planning and Environment (the department) to deliver a digital planning service for New South Wales through the NSW planning portal (the portal). Using the portal, relevant planning activities can be carried out online, including all stages of development applications. The portal has been developed under three separate business cases in 2013, 2014 and 2020. In late 2

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Actions for Transport 2021

Transport 2021

Transport
Asset valuation
Compliance
Financial reporting
Information technology
Infrastructure
Internal controls and governance

What the report is about The results of the Transport cluster agencies’ financial statement audits for the year ended 30 June 2021. What we found Unmodified financial statement audit opinions were issued for all Transport cluster agencies. Resolution of issues delayed signing the Transport Asset Holding Entity of NSW (TAHE) until 24 December 2021. Matters relating to TAHE are also reported in the report on State Finances 2021. Emphasis of Matter - TA

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Actions for Treasury 2021

Treasury 2021

Treasury
Finance
Compliance
Financial reporting
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration

What the report is about The results of Treasury cluster agencies' financial statement audits for the year ended 30 June 2021. The results of the audit of the NSW Government's consolidated Total State Sector Accounts (TSSA), which are prepared by NSW Treasury, are reported separately in our report on State Finances 2021. What we found Unmodified audit opinions were issued for all Treasury cluster agencies. The number of identified monetary misstatemen

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Actions for Building regulation: combustible external cladding

Building regulation: combustible external cladding

Finance
Local Government
Planning
Compliance
Infrastructure
Regulation
Risk

What the report is about The report focuses on how effectively the Department of Customer Service (DCS) and Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) led reforms addressing the unsafe use of combustible external cladding on existing residential and public buildings. Nine local councils were included in the audit because they have responsibilities and powers needed to implement the NSW Government’s reforms. What we found After the June 2017 Grenfel

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Actions for Local government business and service continuity arrangements for natural disasters

Local government business and service continuity arrangements for natural disasters

Local Government
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Project management
Risk
Service delivery

What the report is about Natural disaster events, including bushfires and floods, have directly impacted some local councils in New South Wales over recent years. It is important for local councils to effectively plan so that they can continue operations through natural disasters and other disruptions. This audit assessed the effectiveness of Bega Valley Shire Council and Snowy Valleys Council’s approaches to business and service continuity arrangement

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Actions for State Finances 2021

State Finances 2021

Whole of Government
Finance
Asset valuation
Compliance
Financial reporting
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration

What the report is about The results of the consolidated General Government Sector (GGS) and Total State Sector (TSS) financial statements audits for the year ended 30 June 2021. What we found The Independent Auditor’s Report on the 2020–21 GGS and TSS financial statements was unqualified but contained an emphasis of matter. The resolution of significant issues delayed signing until 24 December 2021. The emphasis of matter draws attention to signific

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Actions for Integrity of grant program administration

Integrity of grant program administration

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

What the report is about This report assessed the integrity of the assessment and approval processes for two grant programs: Stronger Communities Fund Round 2 (tied grants round), which was administered by the former Office of Local Government (OLG) and provided $252 million to newly amalgamated councils and other councils that had been subject to a merger proposal during 2017–18 and 2018–19. Regional Cultural Fund, which was administered by Create NS

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Actions for Machinery of government changes

Machinery of government changes

Premier and Cabinet
Treasury
Whole of Government
Management and administration
Project management

What the report is about The term ‘machinery of government’ refers to the way government functions and responsibilities are organised. The decision to make machinery of government changes is made by the Premier. Changes may be made for a range of reasons, including to support the policy and/or political objectives of the government of the day. Larger machinery of government changes typically occur after an election or a change of Premier. This report