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Actions for Code Red: Hospital Emergency Departments

Code Red: Hospital Emergency Departments

Health
Service delivery
Shared services and collaboration

All three hospitals followed the Department of Health’s guidelines for judging capacity and had systems in place to notify hospital staff and ambulance crews of changes in status. We found discrepancies in the records kept by all three hospitals when compared to the records maintained by the Department of Health. Our view however, is that these records do not need to be a perfect match for the intended purpose, which is to guide ambulance crews to the sh

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Actions for Enforcement of Street Parking and Staff Rostering, Tasking and Allocation

Enforcement of Street Parking and Staff Rostering, Tasking and Allocation

Justice
Management and administration

Progress has been made to address the issues raised in our 1999 audit report on the enforcement of street parking. The major achievement has been the transfer of primary responsibility for the enforcement of street parking from NSW Police to local councils in 2002. There is, however, one recommendation that has not been advanced to the extent we believe is warranted. Legislation needs to be reviewed in respect of multiple infringements, penalty structure

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Actions for Disposal of Sydney Harbour Foreshore Land

Disposal of Sydney Harbour Foreshore Land

Finance
Environment
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration

Our view is that decisions need to be made on a more strategic basis, if the Government’s aspirations for Sydney Harbour’s foreshores are to be met. At present there are high-level ‘aspirations’, but there is no overarching strategy or plan for Sydney Harbour that can guide individual decisions. Decision-making appears to be triggered when a proposal is made to dispose of a particular property. Decisions to dispose of, retain, or change the use of indivi

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Actions for Review of Eight Agencies' Annual Reports

Review of Eight Agencies' Annual Reports

Whole of Government
Management and administration

Overall, we found there have been some improvements in the quality of annual reports since 2000. Most agencies now report key outcomes and results, provide performance data and trends and employ both qualitative and quantitative measures of performance. However, there was considerable variation in the quality of performance information in annual reports. Some agencies still focus on reporting activities and projects rather than outcomes and results. And

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Actions for Complaints and Review Processes, and Provision of Industry Assistance

Complaints and Review Processes, and Provision of Industry Assistance

Justice
Industry
Management and administration

In response to the 1999 audit, both Offices focussed on improving the transparency and consistency of decisions. Both introduced client service standards and implemented systems to improve their management of complaints. In addition, the Office of the Protective Commissioner (OPC) introduced six monthly financial statements which are sent to clients or their carers. However, there are three recommendations from the 1999 audit that are not fully implement

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Actions for Waiting Times for Elective Surgery in Public Hospitals

Waiting Times for Elective Surgery in Public Hospitals

Health
Information technology
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Service delivery

We recognise that managing waiting times is a difficult and complex task. Waiting times are influenced by many factors, some of which are outside the control of NSW Health. There are, however, steps which NSW Health could, and should, take to ensure that the processes to manage waiting times are efficient and effective. By all measures used by NSW Health, patients are waiting longer for elective treatment today than six or seven years ago. In March 2003

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Actions for Dealing with Unlicensed and Unregistered Driving

Dealing with Unlicensed and Unregistered Driving

Justice
Transport
Information technology
Regulation
Shared services and collaboration

In our opinion there are inadequacies in the current arrangements for detecting unauthorised driving. For example better information is needed on the extent of unlicensed driving. This may require giving the NSW Police power to conduct random licence and registration checks. In addition, there are technological and legal constraints to the efficient and effective detection of unauthorised driving.   Parliamentary reference - Report number #115 - releas

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Actions for Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information

Transport
Premier and Cabinet
Education
Management and administration
Regulation
Service delivery

Freedom of Information (FOI) Coordinators and their staff were supportive of the legislation. However, the agencies examined can do considerably more to fully achieve the intentions of the Act. On the positive side, all three agencies had processes in place to handle requests and had made a number of changes to improve the effectiveness of the FOI process. Fees and charges had also been kept to a minimum. No processing fees were requested in the majority

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Actions for Northside Storage Tunnel Project

Northside Storage Tunnel Project

Planning
Environment
Infrastructure
Internal controls and governance
Procurement
Project management
Service delivery

The Northside Storage Tunnel was the first major public sector construction project using an alliance approach. In our opinion, the outcome of the project suggests that an alliance approach, when applied to a suitable project and managed appropriately, can support positive project outcomes. And in many respects the Alliance worked well. There are, however, a number of issues that we believe need to be addressed for future alliances.   Parliamentary ref

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Actions for The Millennium Train Project

The Millennium Train Project

Transport
Infrastructure
Procurement
Project management
Service delivery

State Rail has made significant improvements since the purchase of the Tangara. It improved measures necessary for handling contracts dealing with technically complex and innovative projects, although some other problems have been encountered, with new lessons to learn. The design and manufacture of new trains requires a significant investment in both time and cost. The Millennium Train has come at a considerably higher price than originally expected. An