Over recent years local government in NSW has been subjected to ever increasing levels of scrutiny. The new role of the NSW Auditor General includes an oversight of local government performance, and scrutiny of the local government sector continues to be a focus of government-initiated inquiries and improvement orders.

NSW Audit Office LG Performance Audit - Shared Services

NSW Audit Office LG Performance Audit - Fraud Controls in Local Councils

NSW Audit Office LG Financial Audit

NSW Audit Office LG Performance Audit – Reporting on Service Delivery

NSW Audit Office – Key Insights from Performance Audits

This forum allowed local government practitioners to hear from high profile speakers who can share emerging lessons and good practice to safeguard their councils’ credibility, reputation and performance – important information for councillors, managers and professionals with governance responsibilities in their own councils.


The forum program included plenary presentations, panel discussions, case studies and workshops on the following topics:

  • Finance and performance – examining the lessons and insights emerging from recent performance audits of the NSW local government sector
  • Internal audit – reviewing good practice and upcoming new responsibilities for councils
  • Information access – understanding council responsibilities under the GIPA Act and helping the public in accessing government information
  • Planning – identifying and eliminating corruption risks in planning practices
  • Corruption prevention – reviewing the lessons from recent ICAC enquiries
  • Fraud control – examining the necessary attributes of an effective fraud control system, and recent tools to assist councils in managing the risk of fraud
  • Shared services – addressing the challenges and developing the capability to deliver shared services
  • Reporting performance – community reporting that describes outcomes and service performance

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