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Actions for Their Futures Matter
The Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford, released a report today examining whether the Department of Communities and Justice had effective governance and partnership arrangements in place to deliver ‘Their Futures Matter’. Their Futures Matter was intended to place vulnerable children and families at the heart of services, and direct investment to where funding and programs deliver the greatest social and economic benefits. It was a f
Actions for Local Schools, Local Decisions: needs-based equity funding
The Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford, released a report today examining the Department of Education’s (the department’s) support and oversight of school planning and use of needs-based funding under the Local Schools, Local Decisions reform. The report found the department has not had adequate oversight of how schools are using needs-based funding to improve student outcomes since it was introduced in 2014. The department had not
Actions for Using computers in schools for teaching and learning: Follow-up audit
We consider that students and teachers have significantly better access to computers than was the case when we did our 2000 audit. Teachers and students are also increasingly using computers for teaching and learning. The Department of Education and Training has been proactive in advancing Information Communication Technology (ICT) into schools. However we found that teachers and students are less likely to use computers if there are problems with infras
Actions for One TAFE
TAFE NSW launched a series of modernisation initiatives in 2016 that aimed to transform the organisation into a contemporary and commercial government-owned business. These included transitioning to a single Registered Training Organisation, introducing enterprise-wide business systems, and establishing Connected Learning Centres to enable greater reach to regional and rural communities. This audit will assess whether TAFE NSW is effectively managing th
Actions for Delivering school infrastructure
Our 2017 performance audit on planning for school infrastructure identified chronic under-investment in school infrastructure and deficiencies in asset planning. The NSW Department of Education has developed a School Assets Strategic Plan to provide a framework to deliver additional school infrastructure needed to support growing enrolments. According to the NSW Department of Education’s Annual Report for 2019, $6.7 billion is being invested to deliver 1
Actions for Compliance review: Cybersecurity
In February 2019 the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation launched the NSW Cyber Security Policy to ensure all NSW Government Departments and Public Service Agencies are managing cyber security risks to their information and systems. The policy mandates a number of requirements that are a minimum that all agencies must implement. In addition agencies must assess their level of cyber maturity. This audit will examine whether agencies are complyi
Actions for Security of student information
Schools collect and maintain detailed student data, including sensitive personal information. Schools can also require or encourage students to use third party software applications for learning and other school related activities. This audit will examine how effectively schools ensure student data is secure – both within their own systems and when provided to third parties. This audit may also examine the effectiveness of information security governance
Actions for Education 2020
This audit will analyse the key observations and findings from the most recent financial statement audits of the Education cluster for the year ended 30 June 2020.
Actions for Internal Controls and Governance 2020
This report will bring together the findings and recommendations from our 2019–20 financial audits that relate to the internal controls and governance of the 40 largest NSW State Government agencies.