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Actions for Implementation of the NSW Government’s program evaluation initiative
The NSW Government’s ‘program evaluation initiative’, introduced to assess whether service delivery programs achieve expected outcomes and value for money, is largely ineffective according to a report released today by NSW Auditor-General, Margaret Crawford. Government services, in areas such as public order and safety, health and education, are delivered by agencies through a variety of programs. In 2016–17, the NSW Government estimates that it will sp
Actions for Public sector management reforms
The Public Service Commission is making good progress with leading the implementation of public sector management reforms, according to a report released today by the Acting New South Wales Auditor-General, Tony Whitfield. 'The Commission developed a sound evidence base for the reforms and gained wide public sector support by engaging with agency heads and using public sector working groups to develop options', said the Acting Auditor-General. 'They dev
Actions for Waste levy and grants for waste infrastructure
The NSW Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2014–21 (WARR) is a framework for waste management in New South Wales. This audit will assess the effectiveness of the NSW Government in minimising waste sent to landfill and increasing recycling rates. It will focus on two key initiatives within the government’s WARR strategy, the waste levy and grants for waste infrastructure for the financial years 2014-15 to 2018-19. Contributions close 31 May
Actions for Implementation of government climate policy
The NSW Government’s Climate Change Policy Framework aims to maximise the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of NSW in the context of a changing climate. It states long-term aspirational objectives of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 and having NSW more resilient to a changing climate. The Framework is due to be reviewed in 2020. This audit could assess specific commitments to change government operations such as implementing emission savin
Actions for Domestic and family violence
The NSW Government included reducing domestic and family violence reoffending as a Premier’s Priority in 2015. The 2016–17 Budget announced $300 million over four years for early intervention programs, crisis responses, and new approaches intended to change perpetrator behaviour. This audit may consider whether agency responses are effectively responding to domestic and family violence and may be undertaken as a series of audits looking at how different
Actions for Implementation of public inquiry recommendations
There are many public inquiries and reviews into the government’s policy decisions and administration every year. Key sources of public inquiries and reviews include parliamentary committees, the Coroner, the Ombudsman, ICAC, the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission and the Auditor-General. Other sources include statutory reviews of legislation, other reviews that the government has elected to make public and, more infrequently, special commissions of inqu
Actions for Responses to homelessness
Efforts to address homelessness in NSW are guided by the NSW Homelessness Strategy 2018-23. This Strategy aims to facilitate collaboration between the Government sector, non-government organisations and the community to reduce the impact of homelessness on individuals and improve outcomes for people and families. The 2018–19 Budget commits $1.0 billion for homelessness services over the next four years. Under the NSW COVID-19 Stage 2 stimulus, the NSW Go
Actions for Stronger Communities 2020
This audit will analyse the key observations and findings from the most recent financial statement audits of the Stronger Communities cluster for the year ended 30 June 2020.
Actions for Planning, Industry and Environment 2020
This audit analyses the key observations and findings from the most recent financial statement audits of the Planning, Industry and Environment cluster for the year ended 30 June 2020.
Actions for Water management and regulation
Water regulation, including licensing and water use plans, aim to achieve sustainable environmental, economic and social outcomes from the management of water resources. Reforms have been made to strengthen regulation, compliance and enforcement. This audit may examine how well the responsible agencies have responded to and implemented the recommendations from the Matthews reports (interim and final), and other external reviews, into water licencing, re