Report highlights: Premier and Cabinet 2022

What the report is about

Result of the Premier and Cabinet cluster financial statement audits for the year ended 30 June 2022. 

What we found

Unmodified audit opinions were issued for all Premier and Cabinet cluster agencies.

The machinery of government changes within the Premier and Cabinet cluster resulted in the transfer of net assets of $1 billion from the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

The Department of Premier and Cabinet, Public Service Commission and Parliamentary Counsel's Office accepted changes to their office leasing arrangements managed by Property NSW. These changes resulted in the collective de-recognition of $167.3 million of right-of-use assets, $225.1 million in lease liabilities and recognition of $47.8 million of other gains/losses. 

What the key issues were

The number of issues we reported to management decreased. 

Forty per cent of issues were repeated from the prior year.

Four moderate risk issues were reported in the management letters for Department of Premier and Cabinet and New South Wales Electoral Commission. Three out of the four moderate risk issues were repeat issues. 

The repeat issues related to internal control deficiencies in agencies' including lack of updated procurement policies and procedures and information technology general controls.

Fast facts 

The Premier and Cabinet cluster comprises seven agencies, delivering the government's objectives and facilitating stewardship of the public service.

  • $0.2b property, plant and equipment as at 30 June 2022
  • $3b total expenditure incurred in 2021–22
  • 100% unqualified audit opinions issued on agencies’ 30 June 2022 financial statements
  • moderate risk findings identified
  • 15 monetary misstatements reported in 2021–22
  • 40% of reported issues were repeat issues

Further information

Please contact Ian Goodwin, Deputy Auditor-General on 9275 7347 or by email.