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Actions for Fast-tracked Assessment Program

Fast-tracked Assessment Program

Planning
Industry
Environment
Compliance
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Service delivery

What the report is about This report examines the effectiveness of the Fast-tracked Assessment Program, administered by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) between April 2020 and October 2020.  The program aimed to support the construction industry during the COVID-19 crisis by accelerating the final assessment stages for planning proposals and development applications.  DPIE selected projects and planning proposals for fast tr

In progress

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

In progress

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

In progress

Actions for Integrity of grant program administration

Integrity of grant program administration

Whole of Government
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration

This audit will examine the integrity of the assessment and approval processes for the Stronger Communities Fund (tied grants round) and Regional Cultural Fund, both of which were administered in 2017 and 2018. 

Published

Actions for Managing cyber risks

Managing cyber risks

Whole of Government
Transport
Cyber security
Information technology
Internal controls and governance
Procurement
Risk

What the report is about This audit assessed how effectively Transport for NSW (TfNSW) and Sydney Trains identify and manage their cyber security risks. The NSW Cyber Security Policy (CSP) sets out 25 mandatory requirements for agencies, including implementing the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s Essential 8 strategies to mitigate cyber security incidents, and identifying the agency’s most vital systems, their ‘crown jewels’.  The audited agencies h

Planned

Actions for Water management and regulation

Water management and regulation

Planning
Industry
Compliance
Fraud
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Regulation
Service delivery

Water regulation, including licensing and water use plans, aim to achieve sustainable environmental, economic and social outcomes from the management of water resources. Reforms have been made to strengthen regulation, compliance and enforcement. This audit may examine how well the responsible agencies have responded to and implemented the recommendations from the Matthews reports (interim and final), and other external reviews, into water licencing, re

Planned

Actions for Coordination of agencies in precinct planning

Coordination of agencies in precinct planning

Planning
Industry
Asset valuation
Management and administration
Project management
Service delivery

The department coordinates with other entities to develop and deliver precinct plans. These plans aim to deliver ‘a planned approach to growth in Sydney, with new homes and jobs located close to public transport, shops and services, while retaining and enhancing a community’s character’. New priority precincts were announced in July 2017. This audit will consider how effectively the department coordinates other responsible government entities to deliver

Published

Actions for Waste levy and grants for waste infrastructure

Waste levy and grants for waste infrastructure

Planning
Environment
Management and administration
Regulation
Risk
Service delivery

The Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford, released a report today that examined the effectiveness of the waste levy and grants for waste infrastructure in minimising the amount of waste sent to landfill and increasing recycling rates.   The audit found that the waste levy has a positive impact on diverting waste from landfill. However, while the levy rates increase each year in line with the consumer price index, the EPA has not conduc

Published

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 Aboriginal land claims

Aboriginal land claims

Planning
Environment
Industry
Cross-agency collaboration
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Regulation

The Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (the Act) 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. Land claims can be made by Local Aboriginal Land Councils and by the NSW Aboriginal Land Council on their behalf. The Office of the Registrar of the Act, in the Dep