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Actions for Regulation of water pollution in drinking water catchments and illegal disposal of solid waste

Regulation of water pollution in drinking water catchments and illegal disposal of solid waste

Environment
Compliance
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Regulation
Risk

There are important gaps in how the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) implements its regulatory framework for water pollution in drinking water catchments and illegal solid waste disposal. This limits the effectiveness of its regulatory responses, according to a report released today by the Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford. The NSW Environment Protection Authorit

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Actions for Grants to non-government schools

Grants to non-government schools

Education
Compliance
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration

The NSW Department of Education could strengthen its management of the $1.2 billion provided to non-government schools annually. This would provide greater accountability for the use of public funds, according to a report released today by the Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford. Non‑government schools educate 418,000 school children each year, representing 35 per cent of a

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Actions for Managing risks in the NSW public sector: risk culture and capability

Managing risks in the NSW public sector: risk culture and capability

Finance
Health
Justice
Treasury
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Risk
Workforce and capability

The Ministry of Health, NSW Fair Trading, NSW Police Force, and NSW Treasury Corporation are taking steps to strengthen their risk culture, according to a report released today by the Auditor-General, Margaret Crawford. 'Senior management communicates the importance of managing risk to their staff, and there are many examples of risk management being integrated into daily activities', the Auditor-General said. We did find that three of the agencies we e

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Actions for The Impact of the Raised School Leaving Age

The Impact of the Raised School Leaving Age

Education
Management and administration
Service delivery

The Department monitors the attendance of all students who remain enrolled at government schools, and responds when these students fail to attend. For young people that have been granted an exemption from attending school, the Department monitors apprentices, trainees and those completing the equivalent of Year 10 of secondary education at TAFE. However, the Department does not monitor young people post Year 10 in full-time work or vocational education p

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Actions for Improving the Literacy of Aboriginal Students in NSW Public Schools

Improving the Literacy of Aboriginal Students in NSW Public Schools

Education
Management and administration
Project management

The Department of Education and Communities needs to do more to improve the literacy of Aboriginal students in NSW Government schools. By Year Three around 40 per cent of Aboriginal students are at or below minimum standard for reading. Unfortunately, this is almost triple the rate of non-Aboriginal students. By Year Five around 50 per cent of Aboriginal students are at or below the minimum standard.   Parliamentary reference - Report number #224 - rel

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Actions for Physical Activity in Government Primary Schools

Physical Activity in Government Primary Schools

Education
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Project management

The Department of Education and Communities should improve physical activity in NSW government primary schools. Around 30 per cent of government primary schools are not providing the required two hours of physical education and sport per week.   Parliamentary reference - Report number #222 - released 13 June 2012

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Actions for Settling Humanitarian Entrants in New South Wales -  Services to permanent residents who come to New South Wales through the humanitarian migration scheme

Settling Humanitarian Entrants in New South Wales -  Services to permanent residents who come to New South Wales through the humanitarian migration scheme

Community Services
Premier and Cabinet
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration

Support for humanitarian entrants living in New South Wales is poorly coordinated.  Humanitarian entrants in New South Wales are doing less well than in other states on the key indicators of health, housing and employment. Unlike some States, New South Wales does not have a single point of contact that humanitarian entrants can go to assist them with settling in a new country.   Parliamentary reference - Report number #221 - released 23 May 2012

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Actions for Responding to Domestic and Family Violence

Responding to Domestic and Family Violence

Community Services
Justice
Health
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Service delivery

Organisations generally work together to improve the safety of victims when there is an overt and serious crisis, particularly where children are involved. There are no standard ways for victims and perpetrators to access help that might prevent ongoing violence and address underlying issues. This is particularly problematic where there are repeat victims and perpetrators, many of whom have complex mental health, drug and alcohol problems and are difficu

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Actions for Two Ways Together - NSW Aboriginal Affairs Plan

Two Ways Together - NSW Aboriginal Affairs Plan

Community Services
Premier and Cabinet
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Project management
Service delivery

To date the Two Ways Together Plan (the Plan) has not delivered the improvement in overall outcomes for Aboriginal people that was intended. Stronger partnerships between the government and Aboriginal people are only beginning to emerge. The disadvantage still experienced by some of the estimated 160,000 Aboriginal people in NSW is substantial. For example, the unemployment rate for Aboriginal people is at least three times higher than the rate for all N