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Actions for Report on Local Government 2019
I am pleased to present my third report to the Parliament on the 2019 audits of local government councils in New South Wales. This report notes that unqualified audit opinions were issued on the 2018–19 financial statements of 134 councils and 11 joint organisations. The opinion for one council was disclaimed and three audits are yet to complete. The report also highlights improvements I have seen in financial reporting and governance arrangements acro
Actions for Industry, Skills, Electricity and Water 2016
The Auditor-General, Margaret Crawford released a report today highlighting a decline in net profits of electricity agencies and the distributions the government received from these agencies. The report also details continuing issues in the management of Crown Land and TAFE NSW's student administration system.
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 Monitoring food safety practices in retail food businesses
New South Wales has a lower rate of foodborne illness than the national average. This reflects some good practices in the NSW Food Authority’s approach to monitoring food safety standards. It also is a factor of the long-standing commitment by local councils’ to ensuring retail food businesses meet these standards. To ensure foodborne illness remains low, the Authority needs to better monitor its arrangements with councils which inspect retail food busi
Actions for Governance and internal controls over local infrastructure contributions
Local infrastructure contributions help cover the cost of delivering infrastructure needed to support new communities and homes. They aim to ensure that developers and businesses are paying their fair share towards the infrastructure needed to support new homes and an increased population. This audit will assess the effectiveness of governance and internal controls over local infrastructure contributions collected by selected councils. Councils being au
Actions for Local government procurement
The Report on Local Government 2018 found that many councils need to improve their policies and practices for procurement. The aim of this audit is to generate sector-wide learnings on procurement and tendering management. The audit will assess how effectively procurement is managed in a sample of six councils across metropolitan, regional and rural New South Wales. The scope also includes how councils assess outcomes and ensure that they achieve value f
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 Business continuity and disaster recovery planning
Business continuity and disaster recovery planning assists organisations to prepare for and ensure they can respond to an incident or crisis. This includes natural disasters and pandemic events like COVID-19. 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 availability of staff, availability of IT and othe
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 Council annual charges
New South Wales has a lot of councils providing similar services to the community, such as domestic waste and stormwater management services. However, the charges for these common services vary greatly between councils. This audit could examine selected common charges across a number of councils to understand what is driving the variability in charges.