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Actions for Volume Ten 2011 Focusing on Health

Volume Ten 2011 Focusing on Health

Health
Financial reporting
Information technology
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Project management
Workforce and capability

This report includes comments on financial audits of government agencies in the Health sector. In 2010-11, Ambulance Officers spent an extra 77,200 hours waiting at emergency departments for patients to transfer to hospital care. In 2010-11, only 66 per cent of patients were moved from the emergency department to an inpatient bed within eight hours of their arrival. This is significantly down on last year’s 73 per cent and well below the 80 per cent targ

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Actions for Visiting medical officers and staff specialists

Visiting medical officers and staff specialists

Health
Management and administration
Service delivery
Workforce and capability

We found that hospitals are generally able to deploy their VMOs and staff specialists to be at the place and time required. However, a hospital’s ability to manage supply and demand at a local level is limited. This limitation will become more critical with the current national health reforms when public hospital funding will depend on their ability to set and meet activity targets and priorities. NSW Health cannot be sure that all payments made to VMOs

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Actions for Volume Nine 2011 focus on Education and Communities

Volume Nine 2011 focus on Education and Communities

Education
Community Services
Asset valuation
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Project management
Workforce and capability

The report includes comments on financial audits of government agencies in the Education and Communities sectors. The audits of the above entities’ financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2011 resulted in unmodified audit opinions within the Independent Auditor’s Reports. A key finding was that Treasury should consider issuing further guidance to arts and cultural bodies on collection valuation methodologies due to the significance of these asset

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Actions for Volume Eight 2011 Focus on Transport and Ports

Volume Eight 2011 Focus on Transport and Ports

Transport
Industry
Asset valuation
Financial reporting
Fraud
Information technology
Infrastructure
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Procurement
Project management
Workforce and capability

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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Actions for Volume Six 2011 focus on Environment, Water and Regional Infrastructure

Volume Six 2011 focus on Environment, Water and Regional Infrastructure

Planning
Industry
Asset valuation
Compliance
Financial reporting
Information technology
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Procurement
Project management
Regulation
Risk
Workforce and capability

The Environment Protection Authority’s expenditure for the financial year 2010/11 was $92 million - $76 million of this was for environment protection and regulation. The Office of Environment and Heritage and the Environment Protection Authority commenced 145 prosecutions for environmental offences and 106 were completed in the financial year 2010/11, down from the 134 prosecutions completed in 2009/10. Financial penalties for 2010/11 totalled $969,000

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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 Volume Two 2011 focusing on Universities

Volume Two 2011 focusing on Universities

Universities
Compliance
Financial reporting
Fraud
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Workforce and capability

New South Wales’ ten universities recorded a combined operating surplus of $582  million in 2010, similar to last year’s surplus of $494 million.Capital works expenditure increased by 16 per cent from $874 million in 2009 to $1,015 million in 2010. Despite this, financial and reputational issues continue for universities.

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Actions for Volume One 2011

Volume One 2011

Industry
Planning
Finance
Compliance
Financial reporting
Fraud
Information technology
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Procurement
Project management
Regulation
Risk
Workforce and capability

The level of non compliance with the requirements of this Premier’s Memorandum is concerning, particularly considering the NSW Procurement Reforms were effective since 2006. The implementation strategy for procurement reform was announced as early as 2001. We recommend the governing bodies of agencies and management review, not only the processes their agencies have in place to comply with procurement reforms and requirements, but also more broadly how a

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Actions for Tackling Cancer with Radiotherapy

Tackling Cancer with Radiotherapy

Health
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Procurement
Service delivery
Workforce and capability

Overall radiotherapy services are managed in a reasonably efficient and effective manner. Much is being done to further improve efficiency and effectiveness, and more can be done. While New South Wales has a number of well-established radiotherapy treatment centres, the high capital cost limits their availability in all hospitals. Some patients need to travel long distances and be away from their homes for up to seven weeks. The projected growth in deman

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Actions for Use of the internet and related technologies to improve public sector performance

Use of the internet and related technologies to improve public sector performance

Whole of Government
Cyber security
Information technology
Procurement
Service delivery
Shared services and collaboration
Workforce and capability

Notwithstanding the considerable effort, it is not apparent that the Government's vision can be fully achieved without increased efforts. Based on the current position, to ensure that the Government's vision can be achieved the Audit Office is of the view that the following key issues need to be urgently addressed:  more robust mechanisms are needed to monitor, review and report publicly on progress and benefits a greater emphasis should be place