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Actions for Education 2019
This report focuses on key observations and findings from the most recent financial audits of agencies in the Education cluster. From 1 July 2019, the Technical and Further Education Commission, the NSW Skills Board and the functions and activities associated with vocational training and skills form part of the Education cluster. Unqualified audit opinions were issued for all cluster agencies’ financial statements. However, internal control deficiencies
Actions for Stronger Communities 2019
A report has been released on the NSW Stronger Communities cluster. From 1 July 2019, the functions of the former Department of Justice, the former Department of Family and Community Services and many of the cluster agencies moved to the new Stronger Communities cluster. The Department of Communities and Justice is the principal agency in the new Stronger Communities cluster. The report focuses on key observations and findings from the most recent fina
Actions for Ensuring teaching quality in NSW public schools
The Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford, has released a report on how the New South Wales Education and Standards Authority (NESA) and the Department of Education (the Department) ensure teaching quality in NSW public schools. Around 2,200 NSW public school principals are responsible for accrediting their teachers in line with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. The report found that NESA does not oversight principals’
Actions for Managing native vegetation
The report found the clearing of native vegetation on rural land is not effectively regulated and managed. The processes supporting the regulatory framework are weak and there is no evidence-based assurance that clearing of native vegetation is carried out in accordance with approvals. In 2014 an expert panel completed a review of biodiversity legislation in NSW. The panel’s recommendations
Actions for Contracting non-government organisations
This report found the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) needs to do more to demonstrate it is effectively and efficiently contracting NGOs to deliver community services in the Permanency Support Program (a component of out-of-home-care services) and Specialist Homelessness Services. It notes that FACS is moving to an outcomes-based commissioning model and recommends this be escalated consistent with government policy.
Actions for Wellbeing of secondary school students
The Department of Education has a strong focus on supporting secondary school students’ wellbeing. However, it is difficult to assess how well the Department is progressing as it is yet to measure or report on the outcomes of this work at a whole-of-state level. The Department of Education’s (the Department) purpose is to prepare young people for rewarding lives as engaged citizens in a compl
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 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 Volume Four 2012 focusing on Electricity
The audits of the seven State owned electricity corporations resulted in unqualified audit opinions. The electricity corporations’ end-of-year financial reporting is sound and well established, he added. After tax profits rose to $1.2 billion, up from $1.1 billion in 2010-11 and contributions to Government rose to $1.4 billion, up from $1.2 billion in 2010-11. These figures exclude profits and special dividends from the 2010-11 electricity sale transacti
Actions for Volume Two 2012 focusing on Universities
The Members tested substantially complied with the requirements of the Parliamentary Remuneration Tribunal’s (PRT) Determination for the year ended 30 June 2011. Findings note that the Department of Parliamentary Services should remind Members that they should not approve additional temporary staff claim forms before staff have worked the hours.