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Actions for 2016 - An overview

2016 - An overview

Education
Community Services
Finance
Health
Industry
Justice
Local Government
Planning
Premier and Cabinet
Transport
Treasury
Universities
Whole of Government
Environment
Asset valuation
Compliance
Cyber security
Financial reporting
Fraud
Information technology
Infrastructure
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Procurement
Project management
Regulation
Risk
Service delivery
Shared services and collaboration
Workforce and capability

This report focuses on key observations and findings from 2016 audits and highlights key areas of focus for financial and performance audits in 2017. The quality and timeliness of financial reporting continued to improve across the NSW public sector in 2016. Only one qualified audit opinion was issued and most agencies signed their financial statements on time. We found the Government’s cluster governance arrangements were unclear and inconsistently i

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Actions for Coordination of Rescue Services

Coordination of Rescue Services

Justice
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Regulation
Service delivery
Workforce and capability

Nearly 11,000 rescues are carried out each year in New South Wales, the majority involving motor vehicle accidents. In metropolitan areas we have three emergency services providing general land rescue - NSW Police, the Ambulance Service and the NSW Fire Brigades. The two volunteer services, the State Emergency Service and the Volunteer Rescue Association, generally cover the remainder of the State. Rescue arrangements in NSW are different to all other

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Actions for Managing Air Quality

Managing Air Quality

Environment
Compliance
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Regulation

Air is fundamental to our existence. The quality of our air is a key issue for everyone. It directly affects our health. It also affects our environment, and can even affect our economy. And air pollution does not respect geo-political boundaries. Pollution produced locally may have regional and global implications. The substances which may pollute our air can interact in complex ways, which even the best scientists do not fully understand. Strategies

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Actions for Follow-up of Performance Audit: Management of Intellectual Property

Follow-up of Performance Audit: Management of Intellectual Property

Whole of Government
Compliance
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Regulation

Periodically we review the extent to which agencies have implemented the recommendations they accept from our earlier audits. This gives Parliament and the public an update on the extent of progress made. Intellectual property (IP) can have value to the agency concerned and may have the potential for wider commercial use. Poor management of IP can impose risks, including the risk of lost opportunities. Because it is not ‘tangible’ like a building or pla

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Actions for Follow-up of Performance Audit: Maintenance of Public Housing

Follow-up of Performance Audit: Maintenance of Public Housing

Community Services
Compliance
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Regulation

Periodically we review the extent to which agencies have implemented the recommendations they accepted from our earlier audits. This gives Parliament and the public an update on the extent of progress made. Maintaining public infrastructure – whether social or economic – is a topic that is attracting significant attention. In this follow-up audit, we examine changes following our April 2001 report on how well the Department of Housing managed its publi

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Actions for Fraud Control: Current Progress and Future Directions

Fraud Control: Current Progress and Future Directions

Whole of Government
Compliance
Fraud
Management and administration
Regulation
Risk

Periodically we review the extent to which agencies have implemented the recommendations they accept from our earlier audits. This gives Parliament and the public an update on the extent of progress made. Given the size of the NSW public sector, the potential for fraud could run into billions of dollars if not properly managed. It is an area of risk that warrants close and ongoing attention. Over the last decade, we have responded by issuing three perfo

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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 Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information

Transport
Premier and Cabinet
Education
Management and administration
Regulation
Service delivery

Freedom of Information (FOI) Coordinators and their staff were supportive of the legislation. However, the agencies examined can do considerably more to fully achieve the intentions of the Act. On the positive side, all three agencies had processes in place to handle requests and had made a number of changes to improve the effectiveness of the FOI process. Fees and charges had also been kept to a minimum. No processing fees were requested in the majority

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Actions for Protecting Our Rivers

Protecting Our Rivers

Environment
Internal controls and governance
Regulation
Shared services and collaboration

The Audit Office is of the opinion that responsibility for protecting the quality of river water is not clearly delineated. The current arrangements lack the structure to ensure success. There is no lead entity to co-ordinate efforts to protect river water. New South Wales has no overarching water quality or river health strategy and no water quality management plans to ensure clear outcomes and responsibilities for protecting river water quality and int

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Actions for Implementing the Ovine Johne's Disease Program

Implementing the Ovine Johne's Disease Program

Industry
Internal controls and governance
Regulation
Service delivery
Shared services and collaboration

The implementation of the Ovine Johne's Disease (OJD) program in New South Wales has been prolonged and difficult. In our view, the OJD Program in New South Wales has experienced two major difficulties with its implementation: the lack of a strategic approach to program management, and an ill-defined governance structure. Both the NSW Government and industry need to be better organised and improve the planning, direction and co-ordination of the OJD Prog