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Actions for Government office accommodation

Government office accommodation

Treasury
Finance
Asset valuation
Management and administration
Procurement

The Audit Office has undertaken an audit on Government Office Accommodation. The audit examined the cost effectiveness of long-term leasing versus ownership and the housing of agencies involved with the delivery of core government activities.  Core activities are those intrinsically linked to basic and ongoing functions of Government and Parliament. It recommends that: the Government consider owning office accommodation, as opposed to leasing, for it

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Actions for 1999-2000 Millenium date rollover: Preparedness of the NSW Public Sector

1999-2000 Millenium date rollover: Preparedness of the NSW Public Sector

Whole of Government
Information technology
Risk

Overall, The Audit Office found that the NSW public sector is not as prepared as it could be. Beginning in May 1996, the Department of Public Works and Services (DPWS) commenced a program to increase awareness of, report on and assist agencies with Year 2000 issues. However, significant areas of risk are still yet to be fully assessed, and action to resolve and implement appropriate solutions are lagging in areas of the public sector. A substantial accel

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Actions for Lease to Fox Studios Australia

Lease to Fox Studios Australia

Premier and Cabinet
Asset valuation
Infrastructure
Management and administration
Procurement
Project management

The audit found that the process for the lease and development of the Showground site commenced on the basis that no Government moneys would be provided and no theme park activities would be allowed. However despite this a State Government subsidy of between $84.8m and $106.8m (in net present value terms) is to be provided for the development and the area of the Showground to be leased to Fox was extended to comprise 24.3 hectares of the 28.8 hectare sit

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Actions for Review of Eastern Distributor

Review of Eastern Distributor

Transport
Infrastructure
Procurement
Project management

Following a resolution of the Legislative Council, the Audit Office has undertaken a performance audit of the Eastern Distributor. For a number of reasons, The Audit Office is not in the position to determine “whether the proposed toll and concession period represents the best deal”. In part this is the result of time constraints which do not allow a careful analysis of many toll and concession options. Similarly, the audit does not answer “whether the c

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Actions for A review of activities funded by the Statutory Interest Account

A review of activities funded by the Statutory Interest Account

Justice
Compliance
Financial reporting
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration

The Audit Office considers that having regard to the audit findings and the recommendations by the Parliamentary Committee of Public Accounts in Queensland, the Governments should review the arrangements relating to the administration of solicitors’ clients’ monies in New South Wales. The Audit Office considers that such a review should examine particularly the separation of the Law Society’ role as an administrator of funds not invested on clients’ beha

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Actions for Large residential centres for people with a disability in NSW

Large residential centres for people with a disability in NSW

Community Services
Compliance
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Service delivery

The audit reviewed policies and practices in large government and non-government residential centres to determine if policies and practices protected the human and legal rights, safety and dignity of residents. The report indicates that practices in both government and non-government centres fail to protect adequately the human and legal rights, safety and dignity of residents. Factors contributing to this situation are the absence of minimum criteria f

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Actions for Corporate Governance - Supplement to Volume Two: Survey Findings

Corporate Governance - Supplement to Volume Two: Survey Findings

Whole of Government
Internal controls and governance
Workforce and capability

A Supplement to Volume Two: Survey Findings has also been prepared, presenting The Audit Office’s survey findings in detail. This may serve as a useful benchmark for governance in the NSW public sector. It found that, supporting/enabling legislation, governance structures and boards creation processes should facilitate better governance practice. It also found boards and management should understand their roles, responsibilities and duties and that thes

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Actions for Corporate Governance - Volume Two: In practice

Corporate Governance - Volume Two: In practice

Whole of Government
Internal controls and governance
Workforce and capability

This Report, Volume Two: Corporate Governance in Practice reports upon how actual corporate governance practices by NSW public sector boards compare with “better practice”. It found criteria and processes for appointing directors to boards are not always transparent. It also found a more systematic and rigorous approach to the range of corporate governance issues is required across the public sector if it is to approach "better practice", there is a lac

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Actions for Corporate Governance - Volume One: In principle

Corporate Governance - Volume One: In principle

Whole of Government
Internal controls and governance

Volume One: Corporate Governance in Principle, considers relations between the Government and boards, and the extent to which boards add value. Various public sector governance models are examined, including those currently operating within NSW and those from five other jurisdictions. It found the role of boards should be clearly defined, and specific criteria developed, so that boards can be clearly classified as either governing or advisory. Legislati

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Actions for Immunisation in NSW

Immunisation in NSW

Health
Service delivery
Shared services and collaboration

Improving immunisation levels has been a policy priority for NSW and Commonwealth governments since the early 1990s. Along with other States they are pursuing a range of initiatives aimed at reaching immunisation target levels above 95% by the year 2000. At such levels, the occurrence of vaccine preventable diseases is minimised and their spread prevented. There is considerable support for this policy from the public, the medical profession and all leve