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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 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 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 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.
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 Local Government 2020
This report will bring together findings and recommendations from our 2019–20 financial audits of local councils and will comment on financial reporting and sustainability, internal controls and governance, and areas of interest that are in focus during the conduct of our audits.