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Actions for Enforcement of Street Parking and Staff Rostering, Tasking and Allocation

Enforcement of Street Parking and Staff Rostering, Tasking and Allocation

Justice
Management and administration

Progress has been made to address the issues raised in our 1999 audit report on the enforcement of street parking. The major achievement has been the transfer of primary responsibility for the enforcement of street parking from NSW Police to local councils in 2002. There is, however, one recommendation that has not been advanced to the extent we believe is warranted. Legislation needs to be reviewed in respect of multiple infringements, penalty structure

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Actions for Complaints and Review Processes, and Provision of Industry Assistance

Complaints and Review Processes, and Provision of Industry Assistance

Justice
Industry
Management and administration

In response to the 1999 audit, both Offices focussed on improving the transparency and consistency of decisions. Both introduced client service standards and implemented systems to improve their management of complaints. In addition, the Office of the Protective Commissioner (OPC) introduced six monthly financial statements which are sent to clients or their carers. However, there are three recommendations from the 1999 audit that are not fully implement

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Actions for Dealing with Unlicensed and Unregistered Driving

Dealing with Unlicensed and Unregistered Driving

Justice
Transport
Information technology
Regulation
Shared services and collaboration

In our opinion there are inadequacies in the current arrangements for detecting unauthorised driving. For example better information is needed on the extent of unlicensed driving. This may require giving the NSW Police power to conduct random licence and registration checks. In addition, there are technological and legal constraints to the efficient and effective detection of unauthorised driving.   Parliamentary reference - Report number #115 - releas

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Actions for Northside Storage Tunnel Project

Northside Storage Tunnel Project

Planning
Environment
Infrastructure
Internal controls and governance
Procurement
Project management
Service delivery

The Northside Storage Tunnel was the first major public sector construction project using an alliance approach. In our opinion, the outcome of the project suggests that an alliance approach, when applied to a suitable project and managed appropriately, can support positive project outcomes. And in many respects the Alliance worked well. There are, however, a number of issues that we believe need to be addressed for future alliances.   Parliamentary ref

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Actions for The Police Assistance Line

The Police Assistance Line

Justice
Service delivery

We are of the opinion that overall, the Police Assistance Line (PAL) has contributed to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of NSW Police. Through civilianisation of call taking, NSW Police reports that the cost of handling a minor crime report has been reduced by 65 per cent, to around $21 per call. It is also estimated that PAL has contributed to the release of over 200 police to operational duties. There has also been an improvement in customer

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Actions for Follow-up audits: School accountability and improvement model and Management of Court waiting times

Follow-up audits: School accountability and improvement model and Management of Court waiting times

Justice
Education
Management and administration

Over 96 per cent of the audit recommendations made were accepted by the agencies. And more than half of these recommendations have been implemented. In addition, many of the problems identified in the 1999 audits have been addressed. For over 90 per cent of recommendations there has been some measurable change in practices or performance. In general, the approach taken by the agencies to monitor and report on the progress of implementation could be impr

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Actions for Follow-up audits: Police response to calls for assistance, The levying and collection of Land Tax and Coordination of bushfire fighting activities

Follow-up audits: Police response to calls for assistance, The levying and collection of Land Tax and Coordination of bushfire fighting activities

Justice
Finance
Management and administration
Service delivery

The acceptance of audit recommendations by agencies in the current review was high and represented 96 per cent of the recommendations made. In addition, half of the recommendations in the 1998 audits have been adequately addressed and for over 70 per cent of recommendations there has been some measurable change in practices or performance. But overall, most of these improvements have been incremental. And, for nearly one third of the recommendations, ch

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Actions for NSW Correctional Industries

NSW Correctional Industries

Justice
Management and administration
Service delivery

Correctional Industries (CIs) have come a long way in NSW.  CIs have grown to employ rates of inmates which rank amongst the highest in the world.  This is a commendable achievement by the Department. Whilst there are other notable achievements to date, the Audit Office believes that CIs have developed to a stage where they can, and should, tackle even more challenging issues. The audit is found that to optimise the development of inmates for employabil

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Actions for Controlling and reducing pollution from industry

Controlling and reducing pollution from industry

Planning
Environment
Compliance
Management and administration
Regulation

The regulatory framework introduced under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, along with other initiatives progressively being implemented by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), should enhance the overall effectiveness of environment protection in NSW. The Audit Office is of the opinion that the framework is consistent with best practice and once fully implemented, should contribute to the achievement of further improvements in