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Actions for Volume Eight 2012 focusing on Transport and Ports
We issued unqualified audit opinions on the transport entities’ 30 June 2012 financial statements. Some of the findings of the report include: government funding to the public transport operators totalled $4.4 billion in 2011-12 ($3.7 billion in 2010-11) passenger services revenue only covered 20 per cent of RailCorp's operating costs Transport for NSW has formalised a protocol to mitigate the risk of potential conflicts of interests A
Actions for Volume Six 2012 focusing on Environment, Water and Regional Infrastructure
Last year it was reported that the cost to remediate contaminated sites in New South Wales is largely unknown and that remains the case today. It is noted that this is unlikely to change because parties responsible for contaminated sites can choose not to provide remediation costs, for sites regulated by EPA. The complexity and uniqueness of each contaminated site adds to the difficulty of accurately estimating costs.
Actions for Volume Five 2012 focusing on superannuation, compensation and housing
The NSW Government’s defined benefit superannuation funds have had positive returns for the last three years. However, the returns fell significantly in 2011-12. Global economic conditions led to substantial volatility and uncertainty in markets creating challenges for superannuation funds’ trustees.
Actions for Monitoring Local Government
The Division of Local Government (DLG) has helped many NSW councils improve their long-term financial planning and asset management practice. Many councils are serving their communities well. However, because DLG lacks the power, it finds it difficult to respond effectively when things go wrong. Parliamentary reference - Report number #225 - released 26 September 2012
Actions for Managing Overtime: RailCorp and Roads and Maritime Services
Overtime is a significant cost for RailCorp and Roads and Maritime Services, adding about ten per cent to the cost of regular salaries. RailCorp’s overtime cost was $133.7 million in 2010–11, and at Roads and Maritime Services it cost $49.3 million. Parliamentary reference - Report number #223 - released 20 June 2012
Actions for Settling Humanitarian Entrants in New South Wales - Services to permanent residents who come to New South Wales through the humanitarian migration scheme
Settling Humanitarian Entrants in New South Wales - Services to permanent residents who come to New South Wales through the humanitarian migration scheme
Support for humanitarian entrants living in New South Wales is poorly coordinated. Humanitarian entrants in New South Wales are doing less well than in other states on the key indicators of health, housing and employment. Unlike some States, New South Wales does not have a single point of contact that humanitarian entrants can go to assist them with settling in a new country. Parliamentary reference - Report number #221 - released 23 May 2012
Actions for Volume One 2012 focusing on themes from 2011
The following overview of audits from 2011 found agency restructures significantly impacted agency financial reporting processes, agencies are having difficulty establishing and enforcing compliance with their own policies and procedures, agencies experienced problems complying with regulations and providing adequate documentation to support their financial statements, the poor quality of some financial statements with 1,256 misstatements identified, 540
Actions for Volume Eight 2011 Focus on Transport and Ports
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
Actions for Solar Bonus Scheme
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
Actions for Improving road safety: Young drivers
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