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Actions for Fare evasion on public transport

Fare evasion on public transport

Transport
Management and administration
Regulation

The Audit Office is of the opinion that whilst agencies have taken steps to combat fare evasion, the current arrangements are not adequate and improvement is required. A significant number of passengers travel without paying the due fare, resulting in many millions of dollars in revenue foregone. Even when infringed, the majority does not pay the fine. To some extent it would appear to be due to the lack of a provision requiring evaders to produce valid

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Actions for A guide to preparing performance information for annuals

A guide to preparing performance information for annuals

Whole of Government
Management and administration

The Audit Office has recently completed a performance audit of the information published in the annual reports of eight public sector agencies. Although there is much guidance material on preparing annual reports, the performance audit found that the quality of published performance information in annual reports often falls short of what is considered best practice. The aim of this Guide is to assist agencies to prepare annual reports that provide perfo

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Actions for Review of eight agencies' Annual Reports

Review of eight agencies' Annual Reports

Whole of Government
Management and administration

Agencies have made some notable attempts to nominate objectives and define measures of performance and report against them each year. However, the quality of the performance information varies and in most cases falls short of what is accepted as best practice. The result is diminished accountability, transparency and openness. Agencies still have problems reporting outcomes and results and frequently regress to reporting activities and plans. Few annual

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Actions for Management of road passenger transport regulation

Management of road passenger transport regulation

Transport
Management and administration
Regulation
Service delivery
Shared services and collaboration

The Audit Office is of the opinion that the Department’s levels of regulatory activity in respect of road passenger transport regulation may have exceeded optimum levels. The Department’s current focus on processing activity limits the Department in achieving all of its desired outcomes. The Audit Office considers that a change in the approach to undertaking and managing road passenger transport regulatory activities would achieve better outcomes for the

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Actions for Group homes for people with disabilities

Group homes for people with disabilities

Community Services
Management and administration
Regulation
Service delivery
Shared services and collaboration

The Audit Office acknowledges that this is an extremely complex and difficult area of Government activity and that putting in place effective systems is a significant challenge. Nevertheless, it is a critical task, given the vulnerability of clients and the scarcity of resources. Whilst there has been progress in improving systems, and further enhancements are planned, nevertheless, five years after the creation of the Ageing and Disability Department as

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Actions for Using computers in schools for teaching and learning

Using computers in schools for teaching and learning

Education
Information technology
Infrastructure
Management and administration
Workforce and capability

Realisation of the Government’s objectives for integrating computers into the school environment is a major change that will take some time to achieve. The logistics of equipping schools with computers and making them operational have been approached energetically by the Department. Four years into the Computers in Schools Program, student and teacher access to computer hardware, software and the Internet is now substantially greater and teachers are now

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Actions for Hospital emergency departments: Delivery services to patients

Hospital emergency departments: Delivery services to patients

Health
Management and administration
Service delivery
Workforce and capability

There have been notable changes in the provision of emergency department services over the last decade, principally by increasing the number, seniority and training of staff and upgrading facilities. More recently, programs have focussed on achieving improvements in emergency department waiting times (the time taken to see a doctor) and access block (delay in accessing a hospital bed). However, these programs have had limited effect. Although waiting tim

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Actions for Academics' paid outside work

Academics' paid outside work

Universities
Management and administration
Workforce and capability

The Audit Office is of the opinion that, whilst all universities have developed policies to manage POW and to protect IP rights, many of those polices are outdated and require urgent review. Many of them do not adequately protect the universities or provide adequate compensation for the use of their resources or their name. There also seems to be a lack of clarity for accountability to monitor and enforce the policy. Whilst greater attention seems to hav

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Actions for NSW Police Service: Staff rostering, tasking and allocation

NSW Police Service: Staff rostering, tasking and allocation

Justice
Management and administration
Service delivery
Workforce and capability

The Police Service is in the process of undertaking a wide range of information technology and systems developments that are expected to improve the Service’s capabilities to apply intelligence information to the deployment of staff at Local Area Commands (LACs). Implementation of the current phase is to take place over the next eighteen months. The Audit Office considers that the developments are timely and when fully implemented should significantly co