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Actions for Police responses to domestic and family violence
Domestic and family violence is a crime that takes many forms including emotional and psychological abuse, intimidation, harassment, stalking and sexual assault and can include animal abuse targeting pets, and damaging personal or joint property. The NSW Police Force plays a vital role in investigating domestic and family violence incidents and supporting victim-survivors. The objective of th
Actions for Planning system acceleration program
On 3 April 2020, the government announced the planning system acceleration program, designed to ‘cut red-tape and fast-track planning processes to keep people in jobs and the construction industry moving throughout the COVID-19 crisis.’ Between April and October 2020, the government selected 101 projects and planning proposals in six tranches and fast-tracked assessment so that determination could be achieved in four weeks. An audit into this area will
Actions for Compliance review: Cybersecurity
In February 2019 the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation launched the NSW Cyber Security Policy to ensure all NSW Government Departments and Public Service Agencies are managing cyber security risks to their information and systems. The policy mandates a number of requirements that are a minimum that all agencies must implement. In addition agencies must assess their level of cyber maturity. This audit will examine whether agencies are complyi
Actions for Grants administration for disaster relief
In response to the 2019-20 bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, the NSW Government released significant funds for a range of grant programs aimed at providing emergency support, recovery and economic stimulus across NSW. In 2020, the $750 million dollar Small Business Support Fund was set up to support small businesses and a number of grants rounds have been implemented. This audit will assess whether grants administered under the Small Business Support
Actions for Business and service continuity planning: Bega Valley Shire Council and Snowy Valleys Council
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
Actions for Machinery of Government changes
In April 2019, after the NSW State election, the Premier introduced changes to the structure of NSW Government agencies (known as Machinery of Government changes). These changes included the consolidation of government agencies into a structure of eight clusters. This audit will consider issues such as whether the 2019 Machinery of Government changes achieved their effectiveness and efficiency goals and improved public sector administration.
Actions for Advice on major decisions: redevelopment of the Sydney Football Stadium
The NSW Government makes decisions that involve the spending of significant sums, and that have substantial impacts on citizens. This audit will focus on the advice provided for the redevelopment of the Sydney Football Stadium. This audit may examine the adequacy of planning and risk management approaches and whether these: were informed by appropriate and robust departmental advice complied with relevant procurement and assurance frameworks.
Actions for Building regulation
The NSW Government faces the complex task of regulating new building development to ensure quality and safety, in the context of significant and rapid development in some areas of the State. The emergence of risks relating to flammable cladding, and serious structural defects are examples of the complex issues requiring regulation. This audit will consider how well the government is regulating building standards in NSW and responding to risks.
Actions for Security of student information
Schools collect and maintain detailed student data, including sensitive personal information. Schools can also require or encourage students to use third party software applications for learning and other school related activities. This audit will examine how effectively schools ensure student data is secure – both within their own systems and when provided to third parties. This audit may also examine the effectiveness of information security governance
Actions for Security and privacy of patient information
Local Health Districts manage large volumes of private patient information and have their own systems for data management with differing approaches to data protection. Clinicians in busy hospital environments require timely access to data and systems to effectively treat patients. Increased accessibility may in turn increase the risk of poor data and system security practices. Recent experience in other jurisdictions has also demonstrated that operationa