Our performance audits

Addressing issues of public concern

What is a performance audit?

Performance audits are in-depth assessments of whether government entities are achieving effectiveness, efficiency and economy in the programs and services they deliver.

A performance audit may cover:

  • the whole of an entity’s operations
  • one particular entity activity
  • an activity across a number of entities.

We report the results of these audits to the head of each entity, the responsible minister, the Treasurer and the NSW Parliament. We also publish our findings publicly on our website.


Choosing a topic

When selecting and scoping topics, we combine our own research with suggestions from parliamentarians, agency CEOs, councillors and members of the public. We aim to choose topics that reflect the interests of parliament in holding the government to account.

Our three-year program is published on our website and is reviewed annually to ensure it continues to address significant issues of interest to parliament, aligns with government priorities, and reflects contemporary thinking on public sector management.


This year’s performance audits

The following table details all the performance audit reports we tabled in parliament in 2016–17. A summary of each report, and the response provided by each auditee, can be found here. The future performance audit program is discussed here.


Entities audited Performance audit report Tabled in parliament
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
Red Tape Reduction 25 August 2016
  • Department of Industry — Lands
Sale and Lease of Crown Land 8 September 2016
  • NSW Food Authority
Monitoring Food Safety Practices in Retail Food Businesses 15 September 2016
  • NSW Police Force
  • Fire and Rescue NSW
Preventing and Managing Worker Injuries 13 October 2016
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet
Government Advertising 2015—16 27 October 2016
  • NSW Treasury
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Planning and Environment
Implementation of the NSW Government’s Program Evaluation Initiative 3 November 2016
  • Transport for NSW
CBD and South East Light Rail Project 30 November 2016
  • Planning Assessment Commission (Independent Planning Commission)
Assessing Major Development Applications 19 January 2017
  • Department of Family and Community Services
Building the Readiness of the Non-Government Sector for the NDIS 23 February 2017
  • Transport for NSW
  • Sydney Trains
  • NSW Trains
Passenger Rail Punctuality 11 April 2017
  • Department of Education
  • Transport for NSW
  • Department of Industry
Contingent Workforce 27 April 2017
  • Department of Justice
  • Corrective Services NSW
Therapeutic Programs in Prisons 3 May 2017
  • Department of Education
Planning for School Infrastructure 4 May 2017
  • Department of Planning and Environment
Mining Rehabilitation Security Deposits 11 May 2017
  • NSW Health
Medical Equipment Management in NSW Public Hospitals 25 May 2017
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • NSW Treasury
  • Infrastructure NSW
  • Roads and Maritime Services
  • Transport for NSW
NorthConnex 8 June 2017
  • Roads and Maritime Services
Sydney Region Road Maintenance Contracts 15 June 2017