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Report on Local Government 2019

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I am pleased to present my third report to the Parliament on the 2019 audits of local government councils in New South Wales. This report notes that unqualified audit opinions were issued on the 2018–19 financial statements of 134 councils and 11 joint organisations. The opinion for one council was disclaimed and three audits are yet to complete. The report also highlights improvements I have seen in financial reporting and governance arrangements acro

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Actions for Volume Eight 2011 Focus on Transport and Ports

Volume Eight 2011 Focus on Transport and Ports

Transport
Industry
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The report includes comments on financial audits of government agencies in the Transport and Ports sectors. The audit of corporations’ financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2011 resulted in unmodified audit opinions within the Independent Auditor’s Reports. A key recommendation from the report is that Sydney Ports Corporation should continue working with other government authorities and industry stakeholders to improve the effectiveness of prog

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Solar Bonus Scheme

Premier and Cabinet
Compliance
Infrastructure
Management and administration
Project management
Regulation
Risk
Service delivery

A NSW Auditor General’s Report has found that the NSW Government and its agencies grossly underestimated the cost and number of people that would install systems under the Solar Bonus Scheme. By October 2010, the estimated cost of the Scheme, if it continued the way it was going, would have reached $3.988 billion. More than ten times the original estimate of $362 million. In response to the increased cost, the gross tariff for new applicants was reduced

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Actions for Improving road safety: Young drivers

Improving road safety: Young drivers

Transport
Finance
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Service delivery

The audit concluded that the RTA’s licence testing and regulation has been generally effective in ensuring the safety of young drivers. There has been a significant reduction in crash and fatality rates involving young drivers over the last decade, more so than for drivers 26 years and older. This has coincided with the introduction by the RTA of an enhanced GLS. International and national research has demonstrated graduated licensing systems to be effec

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Actions for Prequalification Scheme: Performance and Management Services

Prequalification Scheme: Performance and Management Services

Premier and Cabinet
Finance
Compliance
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Regulation
Risk
Workforce and capability

There have been tangible improvements in the time it takes NSW Government agencies to engage consultants through the Government’s Prequalification Scheme. The Scheme was introduced in February 2008 to improve agencies’ procurement of consultants. More than 300 service providers have been prequalified and over $300 million worth of consultancy services have been provided. Ideally agencies should know what assignments each consultant has won, for what serv

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Actions for Improving Road Safety: Speed Cameras

Improving Road Safety: Speed Cameras

Transport
Project management
Regulation

We found that fixed speed cameras were generally located in areas with high road safety risk. Likewise, safety cameras that enforced speed limits were initially placed at high risk sites. However as all safety cameras will now enforce speed, RTA no longer uses evidence of a speeding problem to select these sites. Overall, total crashes and injuries each fell 26 per cent, and fatalities fell by more than two-thirds, in the three years after the installati

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Actions for Lease to Fox Studios Australia

Lease to Fox Studios Australia

Premier and Cabinet
Asset valuation
Infrastructure
Management and administration
Procurement
Project management

The audit found that the process for the lease and development of the Showground site commenced on the basis that no Government moneys would be provided and no theme park activities would be allowed. However despite this a State Government subsidy of between $84.8m and $106.8m (in net present value terms) is to be provided for the development and the area of the Showground to be leased to Fox was extended to comprise 24.3 hectares of the 28.8 hectare sit

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Actions for Governance and internal controls over local infrastructure contributions

Governance and internal controls over local infrastructure contributions

Local Government
Compliance
Financial reporting
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Regulation
Service delivery

Local infrastructure contributions help cover the cost of delivering infrastructure needed to support new communities and homes. They aim to ensure that developers and businesses are paying their fair share towards the infrastructure needed to support new homes and an increased population. This audit will assess the effectiveness of governance and internal controls over local infrastructure contributions collected by selected councils. Councils being au

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Actions for Local government procurement

Local government procurement

Local Government
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Procurement
Regulation
Service delivery

The Report on Local Government 2018 found that many councils need to improve their policies and practices for procurement. The aim of this audit is to generate sector-wide learnings on procurement and tendering management. The audit will assess how effectively procurement is managed in a sample of six councils across metropolitan, regional and rural New South Wales. The scope also includes how councils assess outcomes and ensure that they achieve value f

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Actions for Road and rail freight strategy

Road and rail freight strategy

Transport
Asset valuation
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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