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Actions for State Finances 2022

State Finances 2022

Community Services
Education
Environment
Finance
Health
Industry
Justice
Local Government
Planning
Premier and Cabinet
Transport
Treasury
Universities
Whole of Government

This audit will focus on the State’s 2021–22 consolidated financial statements. It will comment on the key matters that have been the focus of our audit and highlight significant factors that have contributed to the State’s financial results.

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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

Published

Actions for Student attendance

Student attendance

Education
Management and administration
Service delivery

What the report is about Poor attendance at school is related to poor student outcomes, particularly once patterns of non-attendance have been established. This report examined how the NSW Department of Education (the department) is managing student attendance in NSW government schools. What we found Around a third of students in Years 1–10 attended school less than 90% of the time in Semester 1, 2021. Missing more than 10% of school may put a studen

Published

Actions for Effectiveness of the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme

Effectiveness of the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme

Planning
Environment
Infrastructure
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Regulation

What the report is about This audit examined whether the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) and the Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) have effectively designed and implemented the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme (‘the Scheme’) to compensate for the loss of biodiversity due to development. Under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, the Scheme enables landholders to establish in-perpetuity Biodiversity Stewardship Agreements on sites to gene

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Actions for Planning and managing bushfire equipment

Planning and managing bushfire equipment

Community Services

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is responsible for preventing, mitigating, and suppressing fires in rural fire districts and is the lead combat agency for bush and grass fires in the State. The NSW RFS works alongside local councils, government agencies, and other statutory fire authorities to coordinate and oversee bushfire prevention. Local councils are responsible for establishing rural fire brigades, preparing bushfire risk managemen

Planned

Actions for Safeguarding the rights of Aboriginal children and young people in the child protection system

Safeguarding the rights of Aboriginal children and young people in the child protection system

Community Services
Justice

Aboriginal children are over-represented in the child protection system. Approximately 50% of the children in out of home care are Aboriginal, despite comprising four per cent of the population in New South Wales. The Aboriginal Case Management Policy (ACMP) and the Aboriginal Child Placement Principles (ACPP) are designed to ensure that when Aboriginal children encounter the child protection system their connections to family, kin, community, culture an

Planned

Actions for Supporting students in rural and remote areas

Supporting students in rural and remote areas

Education

There are over 1,000 schools in rural and remote areas of New South Wales. Students in these schools have lower attendance rates, lower educational results and are less likely to successfully complete Year 12 compared to students in metropolitan schools. The Department’s Rural and Remote Education Strategy 2021–24 aims to improve student learning and wellbeing outcomes in rural and remote schools. This audit could assess the effectiveness of the departm

Planned

Actions for Progress on the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap

Progress on the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap

Premier and Cabinet

The NSW Premier signed the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap on behalf of New South Wales in July 2020. The objective of the Agreement is to overcome the entrenched inequality faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples so that their life outcomes are equal to those of all Australians. The NSW Government and NSW Coalition of Aboriginal Peak Organisations developed an implementation plan for 2021–22 which sets out five 'priority reform

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Actions for Customer Service 2022

Customer Service 2022

Treasury
Finance
Premier and Cabinet

This audit will analyse the results of the 2021–22 financial statement audits of the Customer Service cluster and comment on the quality and timeliness of financial statements, key accounting issues, and high risk observations from our audits.

In progress

Actions for Treasury 2022

Treasury 2022

Treasury

This audit will analyse the results of the 2021–22 financial statement audits of the Treasury cluster and comment on the quality and timeliness of financial statements, key accounting issues, and high risk observations from our audits.