The NSW Audit Office has released its report on the results of audits of agencies in the NSW Planning, Industry and Environment cluster.
The Audit Office continued to identify issues regarding unprocessed Aboriginal land claims and the recognition of Crown land. Auditor-General’s reports to parliament have recommended action to reduce the level of unprocessed land claims since 2007. However, the number of unprocessed claims continued to increase.
One in five internal control findings were repeat issues. Key themes included information technology, asset management and improvements required to expense and payroll controls.
The report makes several recommendations including:
* Property NSW should urgently address the deficiencies in the lease data used to calculate the impact of the new leasing standard effective from 1 July 2019
* the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment should prioritise action to reduce unprocessed Aboriginal land claims
* the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment should ensure the Crown land database is complete and accurate so state agencies and local government councils are better informed about the Crown land they control.
The full report can be found here.