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Actions for 2016 - An overview
This report focuses on key observations and findings from 2016 audits and highlights key areas of focus for financial and performance audits in 2017. The quality and timeliness of financial reporting continued to improve across the NSW public sector in 2016. Only one qualified audit opinion was issued and most agencies signed their financial statements on time. We found the Government’s cluster governance arrangements were unclear and inconsistently i
Actions for Volume One 2013 focusing on themes from 2012
This overview summarises the significant findings included in my 2012 financial audit report, volumes three to eleven, and highlights NSW agencies’ overall achievements and challenges. The overview summarises key themes and messages arising from these audits to help readers understand common findings. Agencies and their audit and risk committees can use the overview to self-assess and identify issues that may be relevant to their organisations. It found
Actions for Follow-up of Performance Audit: Management of Intellectual Property
Periodically we review the extent to which agencies have implemented the recommendations they accept from our earlier audits. This gives Parliament and the public an update on the extent of progress made. Intellectual property (IP) can have value to the agency concerned and may have the potential for wider commercial use. Poor management of IP can impose risks, including the risk of lost opportunities. Because it is not ‘tangible’ like a building or pla
Actions for Fraud Control: Current Progress and Future Directions
Periodically we review the extent to which agencies have implemented the recommendations they accept from our earlier audits. This gives Parliament and the public an update on the extent of progress made. Given the size of the NSW public sector, the potential for fraud could run into billions of dollars if not properly managed. It is an area of risk that warrants close and ongoing attention. Over the last decade, we have responded by issuing three perfo
Actions for A compliance review
We will conduct at least one compliance review to confirm that specific legislation, directions and regulations have been adhered to.
Actions for Water security: water conservation in Greater Sydney
Greater Sydney is home to almost five million people and the region is continuing to grow. To have a liveable city that is resilient to climate variability, it is critical that we secure our water supply. This includes making the best use of the water that we share. The audit will examine whether water conservation initiatives are effectively investigated, implemented and supported in Greater Sydney. It will focus on the activities of Sydney Water and t
Actions for Water security: regional town water infrastructure
Safe and secure water is essential to the social and economic health of communities, and to protect our environmental and cultural heritage. The climate in NSW is predicted to become hotter and drier, while our demand for water will grow and change. Ensuring we have right water and sewer infrastructure in regional NSW is therefore critical. The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is the primary regulator and a significant infrastructure fun