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Actions for 2016 - An overview
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
Actions for Realising the benefits of the Service NSW initiative
The current benefits realisation approach for Service NSW needs to improve so benefits and savings can be effectively measured, reported and realised, according to a report released today by the NSW Acting Auditor-General, Tony Whitfield. Customers are finding that Service NSW provides a convenient and practical way to access all government transaction services. Parliamentary reference - Report number #266 - released 17 February 2016
Actions for User-Friendliness of Websites
Of the sites examined, users would find that some offered a pleasant and productive experience. Using others would be onerous and frustrating. Some users would not be able in practice to access features on some sites. All sites, even the best, had aspects warranting better attention to users’ needs. The failure of some sites to provide important information about privacy, security and legal matters was of particular concern. For the sites evaluated there
Actions for Use of the internet and related technologies to improve public sector performance
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
Actions for Management of sickness absence NSW Public Sector: Volume Two, The Survey - Detailed findings
This Volume, Volume Two: The Survey - Detailed Findings, is the second of a two part Performance Audit Report on Management of Sickness Absence New South Wales Public Sector. The first volume, Volume One: Executive Briefing, identifies the main issues of sickness absenteeism identified during the audit. This Report Volume, Volume Two: The Survey - Detailed Findings, presents the more detailed findings of the audit which were gathered from: the review
Actions for Management of sickness absence NSW public sector volume 1
Information relating to the NSW public sector wide sickness absence levels, unlike in some other states, are presently not maintained or monitored centrally. The salaries and wages paid to individuals whilst on sickness absence on a public sector wide basis in 1996-97 was estimated to be $368.3m. This estimate does not take into account any flow -on effect resulting from sickness absence, eg overtime or other replacement cost. Improved management of sic
Actions for A compliance review
We will conduct at least one compliance review to confirm that specific legislation, directions and regulations have been adhered to.
Actions for Place-based auditing
This audit will involve selecting a place and auditing various aspects of government interaction with that place. The issues covered could include: social disadvantage (e.g. looking at health, education and social outcomes in a socially disadvantaged community) planning coordination (e.g. looking at an urban planning precinct – such as Western Sydney or Parramatta, and determining whether government agencies are working well together in implementing po
Actions for Water management, security and supply
Several topics in this program will examine how well, from a state and local government perspective, entities are ensuring, managing and regulating the state’s water supply. We will conduct these pieces of work as part of a multi volume series on the theme of water, including looking at this issue in a particular place (refer ‘place-based auditing’ topic focus area above).