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Actions for Water conservation in Greater Sydney
The current, 2017 Metropolitan Water Plan states that water conservation, including recycling water, makes the drinking water supply go further. The plan also states that increasing water conservation efforts may be cheaper than building new large-scale supply options and can delay the timing of investment in new supply infrastructure. Water conservation refers to water recycling, leakage management and programs to enhance water efficiency. Water recycl
Actions for Internal Controls and Governance 2018
The Auditor-General for New South Wales Margaret Crawford found that as NSW state government agencies’ digital footprint increases they need to do more to address new and emerging information technology (IT) risks. This is one of the key findings to emerge from the second stand-alone report on internal controls and governance of the 40 largest NSW state government agencies. This report analys
Actions for Matching skills training with market needs
The NSW Department of Industry targets subsidies towards training programs delivering skills most needed in New South Wales. However, the Department still provides subsidies to qualifications that the market may no longer need, according to a report released by Margaret Crawford, Auditor-General for New South Wales. In 2012, governments across Australia entered into the National Partnershi
Actions for Performance audit insights: key findings from 2014-2018
A report released today by the Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford, presents key findings from four years of performance audits. The report findings are presented around six areas of government activity including planning for the future, meeting community expectations for key services, investment in infrastructure, managing natural resources, ensuring good governance and digital disruption.
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 Support for 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
Actions for Aboriginal land claims
The Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 is important legislation that recognises the rights of Aboriginal people in NSW. The legislation recognises that land in NSW was traditionally owned and occupied by Aboriginal people, and is of spiritual, social, cultural and economic importance. The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is responsible for investigating Aboriginal land claims against statutory criteria outlined in the Act. Crown land that is
Actions for Planning, Industry and Environment 2020
This audit analyses the key observations and findings from the most recent financial statement audits of the Planning, Industry and Environment 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.