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

There are a multitude of government activities and programs which we could audit. But our resources are limited, so we undertake a robust process to identify the matters we focus on in our audits and to determine the performance audits we undertake. 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.

We also identify one area a year to test compliance with a law and/or a government direction and report it under the performance audit mandate of our legislation.

Our audit work 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.

An overview of our performance audit work program can be found here.

This year’s performance audits

The following table details all the performance audit reports we tabled in parliament in 2017–18. 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 Education
ICT in schools for teaching and learning 6 July 2017
  • Department of Planning and Environment
Office of Strategic Lands 10 August 2017
  • NSW Health
Planning and evaluating palliative care services in NSW 17 August 2017
  • Department of Planning and Environment
Energy rebates for low income households 19 September 2017
  • Department of Education
Sharing school and community facilities 1 November 2017
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Office of Local Government
  • Department of Justice
Government Advertising: Campaigns for 2015—16 and 2016—17  2 November 2017
  • NSW Ambulance
  • NSW Ministry of Health
Managing demand for ambulance services 13 December 2017
  • NSW Local Government sector
Council reporting on service delivery 1 February 2018
  • Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
Detecting and responding to cyber security incidents 2 March 2018
  • Ministry of Health
  • NSW Fair Trading
  • NSW Police Force
  • NSW Treasury Corporation
  • NSW Treasury
Managing risk in the NSW public sector: risk culture and capability 23 April 2018
  • Department of Education
Grants to non-government schools 3 May 2018
  • Infrastructure NSW
  • Transport for NSW
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet
Regional assistance programs 17 May 2018
  • NSW Health
HealthRoster benefits realisation 7 June 2018
  • Office of Local Government
Shared services in local government 21 June 2018
  • Office of Local Government
Fraud control in local councils 22 June 2018
  • Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
  • Service NSW
Evaluation of a training program (special report) 27 June 2018
  • Environmental Protection Authority
Regulation of water pollution in drinking water catchments and illegal disposal of solid waste 28 June 2018
  • NSW public sector
Performance audit insights (special report) 29 June 2018