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Actions for Governance and internal controls over local infrastructure contributions

Governance and internal controls over local infrastructure contributions

Local Government
Planning
Environment
Compliance
Financial reporting
Infrastructure
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Service delivery

The Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford, released a report today on how well four councils managed their local infrastructure contributions during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 financial years.  Local infrastructure contributions, also known as developer contributions, are collected from developers to pay for local infrastructure such as drainage, local roads, open space and community facilities. Controls over local infrastructure contribut

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Actions for Their Futures Matter

Their Futures Matter

Justice
Community Services
Education
Health
Whole of Government
Cross-agency collaboration
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Project management

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

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Actions for CBD South East Sydney Light Rail: follow-up performance audit

CBD South East Sydney Light Rail: follow-up performance audit

Transport
Infrastructure
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Procurement
Project management
Risk
Service delivery

This is a follow-up to the Auditor-General's November 2016 report on the CBD South East Sydney Light Rail project. This follow-up report assessed whether Transport for NSW has updated and consolidated information about project costs and benefits. The audit found that Transport for NSW has not consistently and accurately updated project costs, limiting the transparency of reporting to the public. The Auditor-General reports that the total cost of the pr

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Actions for Integrity of data in the Births, Deaths and Marriages Register

Integrity of data in the Births, Deaths and Marriages Register

Justice
Premier and Cabinet
Whole of Government
Cyber security
Fraud
Information technology
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration

This report outlines whether the Department of Customer Service (the department) has effective controls in place to ensure the integrity of data in the Births, Deaths and Marriages Register (the register), and to prevent unauthorised access and misuse. The audit found that the department has processes in place to ensure that the information entered in the register is accurate and that any changes to it are validated. Although there are controls in place

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Actions for Planning system acceleration program

Planning system acceleration program

Planning
Industry
Environment
Management and administration
Project management

On 3 April 2020, the government announced the planning system acceleration program, designed to ‘cut red-tape and fast-track planning processes to keep people in jobs and the construction industry moving throughout the COVID-19 crisis.’  Between April and October 2020, the government selected 101 projects and planning proposals in six tranches and fast-tracked assessment so that determination could be achieved in four weeks.  An audit into this area will

Planned

Actions for Grants administration for disaster relief

Grants administration for disaster relief

Treasury
Whole of Government
Compliance
Financial reporting
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Project management
Service delivery
Shared services and collaboration
Workforce and capability

In response to the 2019-20 bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, the NSW Government released significant funds for a range of grant programs aimed at providing emergency support, recovery and economic stimulus across NSW. In 2020, the $750 million dollar Small Business Support Fund was set up to support small businesses and a number of grants rounds have been implemented. This audit will assess whether grants administered under the Small Business Support

Planned

Actions for Business and service continuity planning: Bega Valley Shire Council and Snowy Valleys Council

Business and service continuity planning: Bega Valley Shire Council and Snowy Valleys Council

Local Government
Whole of Government
Management and administration
Project management
Service delivery

Business and service continuity planning assists organisations to prepare for and ensure they can maintain, adapt or restore service delivery in the event of an incident or crisis. This includes natural disasters, such as bushfires, storms and floods. Ideally, business continuity plans would ensure organisations are prepared to respond effectively to the impact of incidents or crises on a wide range of areas including service delivery, safety and availab

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Actions for Road and rail freight strategy

Road and rail freight strategy

Transport
Asset valuation
Infrastructure
Management and administration
Procurement
Project management
Service delivery

Freight is a critical component of the New South Wales economy. It is currently estimated to be worth nearly $66.0 billion a year to the economy. The economic growth and prosperity of New South Wales depends on the safe, efficient and reliable movement of goods. The NSW Government Future Transport 2056 strategy estimates that by 2056, 12 million people will live in New South Wales, and freight volumes will double in the Greater Sydney area and increase b

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Actions for Investment in regional development

Investment in regional development

Whole of Government
Compliance
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Project management
Service delivery

In 2017, the NSW Government announced a Regional Development Framework which provides a scaffold for better coordination, decision making and effort on the ground. The NSW Government recognised the need to be more strategic and better coordinated if it is to make a difference, particularly in addressing some of the serious issues facing regional NSW such as pockets of youth unemployment, social disadvantage, changing economic opportunities and increased

Planned

Actions for Council annual charges

Council annual charges

Local Government
Financial reporting
Management and administration
Service delivery

New South Wales has a lot of councils providing similar services to the community, such as domestic waste and stormwater management services. However, the charges for these common services vary greatly between councils. This audit could examine selected common charges across a number of councils to understand what is driving the variability in charges.