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Public Finance and Audit Act 1983 No 152



An Act to make provision with respect to the administration and audit of public finances and for other purposes.
Part 1 Preliminary
1   Name of Act
This Act may be cited as the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983.
2   Commencement
(1)  Part 1, Divisions 1 and 4 of Part 2, section 34 and Division 5 of Part 3 shall be deemed to have commenced on 1 July 1983.
(2)  Except as provided by subsection (1), this Act shall commence on such day as may be appointed by the Governor in respect thereof and as may be notified by proclamation published in the Gazette.
3   (Repealed)
s 3: Rep 1985 No 159, Sch 1 (1).
4   Definitions
(1)  In this Act, except in so far as the context or subject-matter otherwise indicates or requires—
accounting manual, in relation to an authority, means the accounting manual of the authority referred to in section 11 (3).
accounting officer means—
(a)  a person who by any law, regulation or appointment is charged with the duty of collecting or receiving, or who actually collects or receives, or who is charged with the duty of disbursing, or who actually disburses, any public money,
(b)  a person who by any law, regulation or appointment is authorised to commit or incur the expenditure of public money,
(c)  a person who by any law, regulation or appointment is charged with a duty relating to the keeping of accounts with respect to public money, or
(d)  a person who by any law, regulation or appointment is charged with a duty relating to the purchase, receipt, issue, sale, custody, control, management or disposal of, or the accounting for, public property or who actually purchases, receives, issues, sells, keeps in custody, controls, manages, disposes of, or accounts for, public property.
Audit Office means the Audit Office of New South Wales established by this Act.
auditor means a person appointed to be an auditor pursuant to section 35.
Australian Accounting Standards means the standards issued by the Australian Accounting Standards Board as in force for the time being.
authority means—
(a)  a Public Service agency under the Government Sector Employment Act 2013,
(a1)  the NSW Police Force,
(b)  the Teaching Service,
(c)  a statutory authority, or
(d)  a person, group of persons or body prescribed for the purposes of this definition.
Budget Papers means the Budget Papers of the Government tabled in Parliament in connection with annual Appropriation Bills.
consolidated financial statements means the consolidated financial statements for the State prepared by the Treasurer under section 6 (1).
Consolidated Fund means the fund formed as referred to in section 39 of the Constitution Act 1902.
Financial Agreement means the Financial Agreement set forth in the Schedule to the Financial Agreement Act 1994 as amended by any subsequent agreement approved by Parliament.
financial year, in relation to—
(a)  the consolidated financial statements or the general government sector financial statements, means the period from 1 July to the next following 30 June,
(b)  a statutory authority, means—
(i)  except as provided by subparagraph (iii), the period specified as the financial year of the statutory authority in or pursuant to the Act by or under which the statutory authority is appointed, constituted or regulated,
(ii)  except as provided by subparagraph (iii), where no period is specified as referred to in subparagraph (i), the period from 1 July to the next following 30 June, or
(iii)  where the Treasurer, pursuant to subsection (1A), determines the financial year of the statutory authority, the financial year so determined, or
(c)  a Department referred to in Division 4A of Part 3, means—
(i)  except as provided by subparagraph (ii), the period from 1 July to the next following 30 June, or
(ii)  where the Treasurer, pursuant to subsection (1A), determines the financial year of the Department, the financial year so determined.
general government sector means New South Wales agencies or activities listed or described as part of the general government sector by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (which are listed or described in accordance with international statistics conventions).
general government sector financial statements means the financial statements for the general government sector prepared by the Treasurer under section 6 (1).
GFS means Government Finance Statistics as reported by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Head of an authority means—
(a)  in relation to a Public Service agency under the Government Sector Employment Act 2013—the head of the agency under that Act,
(a1)  in relation to the NSW Police Force—the Commissioner of Police,
(b)  in relation to the Teaching Service—the Secretary of the Department of Education and Communities,
(c)  in relation to a statutory authority—
(i)  where the statutory authority is an individual or a corporation sole—the individual or corporation sole, or
(ii)  in any other case—the chief executive officer of the statutory authority or the person who exercises the functions of a chief executive officer in relation to the statutory authority, or
(d)  in relation to a person, group of persons or body prescribed for the purposes of the definition of authority in this section—such person as is prescribed for the purposes of this definition in relation to the person, group of persons or body.
loan Act includes the Financial Agreement, but does not include a prescribed enactment.
money includes any instrument ordering or authorising the payment of money, being an instrument of a kind which may be lodged with a bank, building society or credit union for the purpose of enabling the bank, building society or credit union to collect money so payable and credit that money to an account with that bank, building society or credit union, and any bill of exchange, postal order, money order and promissory note.
officer of an authority means—
(a)  in relation to a Public Service agency under the Government Sector Employment Act 2013—a Public Service employee under that Act,
(a1)  in relation to the NSW Police Force—a member of the NSW Police Force,
(b)  in relation to the Teaching Service—an officer or temporary employee of that Service,
(c)  in relation to a statutory authority—a member of the statutory authority or a person appointed to or by or employed within the statutory authority, or
(d)  in relation to a person, group of persons or body prescribed for the purposes of the definition of authority in this section—such person as is prescribed for the purposes of this definition in relation to the persons, group of persons or body,
and includes, in relation to an authority referred to in paragraphs (a)–(c), such other persons as may be prescribed for the purposes of this definition in relation to the authority.
other money means money or securities of any kind for the payment of money, collected, received or held by the Treasurer or an officer of an authority in the course of the official duties of the Treasurer or officer, not being public money.
other property means property, other than money, held by the Treasurer or an officer of an authority in the course of the official duties of the Treasurer or officer, not being public property.
prescribed requirements, in relation to an authority, means requirements prescribed by or under this Act or any other law applying to the authority, Treasurer’s directions applying to the authority or the accounting manual of the authority.
public money includes—
(a)  securities and all revenue, loans and other money whatever, collected, received or held by, for, or on account of the State, and
(b)  without limiting the generality of paragraph (a)—
(i)  money which, pursuant to any Act, is directed to be paid to or expressed to form part of the Consolidated Fund or the Special Deposits Account, and
(ii)  such money, or money of such class or description of money, as is prescribed for the purposes of this definition.
public property means all property, other than public money, held by any person for or on behalf of the State.
regulation means a regulation made under this Act.
Special Deposits Account means—
(a)  an account of funds which the Treasurer is, by statutory or other authority, required to hold otherwise than for or on account of the Consolidated Fund,
(b)  an account of money directed to be paid to the Special Deposits Account by or under this or any other Act, or
(c)  an account of such other money, not directed by or under this or any other Act to be placed to the credit of another account, which the Treasurer directs to be carried to the Special Deposits Account.
statutory authority means—
(a)  a statutory body representing the Crown, or
(b)  a person, group of persons or body (whether or not being a statutory body representing the Crown) to which Division 3 of Part 3 applies.
Treasurer’s direction means a direction issued under section 9.
Treasurer’s expenditure control authority means a Treasurer’s expenditure control authority issued under section 10.
Note—
The Interpretation Act 1987 contains definitions and other provisions that affect the interpretation and application of this Act.
(1A)  The Treasurer may, by notice in writing to a statutory authority or a Department Head, determine the financial year of the statutory authority or the Department, as the case may be.
(2)  In this Act, a reference to the Crown is a reference to the Crown in right of the State.
(3)  In this Act, a reference to—
(a)  a function includes a reference to a power, authority and duty, and
(b)  the exercise of a function includes, where the function is a duty, a reference to the performance of the duty.
(4)  Notes included in this Act do not form part of this Act.
s 4: Am 1984 No 88, Sch 1 (1); 1985 No 159, Sch 1 (2); 1989 No 226, Sch 1; 1990 No 118, Sch 3; 1992 No 23, Sch 1 (1); 1994 No 71, sec 6 (1) (a); 1996 No 24, Sch 1; 1998 No 80, Sch 1 [1] [2]; 1998 No 136, Sch 1 [1] [2]; 2001 No 34, Sch 6.5 [1]; 2002 No 62, Sch 1 [1]–[4]; 2004 No 91, Sch 1.27 [1]; 2004 No 114, Sch 2.17 [1] [2]; 2005 No 41, Sch 1 [1]; 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [1]–[3]; 2006 No 50, Sch 6.5 [1]–[4]; 2008 No 48, Sch 3 [1] [2]; 2014 No 33, Sch 3.26 [1]–[4].
4A   Relationship with Corporations legislation
(1)  The regulations may declare a matter that is dealt with by this Act or the regulations to be an excluded matter for the purposes of section 5F of the Corporations Act 2001 of the Commonwealth in relation to—
(a)  the whole of the Corporations legislation to which Part 1.1A of the Corporations Act 2001 of the Commonwealth applies, or
(b)  a specified provision of that legislation, or
(c)  that legislation other than a specified provision, or
(d)  that legislation otherwise than to a specified extent.
Note—
Section 5F of the Corporations Act 2001 of the Commonwealth provides that if a State law declares a matter to be an excluded matter for the purposes of that section in relation to all or part of the Corporations legislation of the Commonwealth, then the provisions that are the subject of the declaration will not apply in relation to that matter in the State concerned.
(2)  The regulations may declare a relevant provision of this Act to be a Corporations legislation displacement provision for the purposes of section 5G of the Corporations Act 2001 of the Commonwealth (either generally or specifically in relation to a provision of the Corporations legislation to which Part 1.1A of the Corporations Act 2001 of the Commonwealth applies).
Note—
Section 5G of the Corporations Act 2001 of the Commonwealth provides that if a State law declares a provision of a State law to be a Corporations legislation displacement provision, then any provision of the Corporations legislation with which the State provision would otherwise be inconsistent does not apply in the State concerned to the extent necessary to avoid the inconsistency.
(3)  In this section—
matter includes act, omission, body, person or thing.
relevant provision of this Act means a provision that is—
(a)  a post-commencement provision within the meaning of section 5G of the Corporations Act 2001 of the Commonwealth, or
(b)  materially amended within the meaning of that section on or after the commencement of the Corporations Act 2001 of the Commonwealth if the amendment is enacted on or after that commencement.
s 4A: Ins 2001 No 34, Sch 6.5 [2].
Part 2 Public finance administration
Division 1 Public accounts
5   (Repealed)
s 5: Am 1992 No 23, Sch 1 (2). Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
6   Preparation of consolidated financial statements and general government sector financial statements
(1)  As soon as practicable after the end of each financial year, the Treasurer is to prepare—
(a)  consolidated financial statements for the State as at 30 June in that financial year, being a whole of government financial report for the State prepared in accordance with Australian Accounting Standards, and
(b)  financial statements for the general government sector as at 30 June in that financial year, being a financial report for the general government sector prepared in accordance with Australian Accounting Standards.
(2)  The consolidated financial statements and general government sector financial statements may be presented in a single report, in such form or manner as the Treasurer may determine.
(3)  The Treasurer may combine, include or amalgamate with, or present together with, in such form or manner as the Treasurer may determine, or attach to, the statements required to be prepared under this section such other reports as the Treasurer may determine.
(4)  On or before 15 September, the Treasurer is to transmit the statements prepared under this section in relation to the preceding financial year to the Auditor-General.
s 6: Am 1987 No 35, Sch 1 (1); 1989 No 57, Sch 1 (1); 1992 No 23, Sch 1 (3); 1994 No 59, Sch 1 (1); 1994 No 95, Sch 1; 1998 No 80, Sch 1 [3]; 1998 No 136, Sch 1 [3]–[6]; 1999 No 37, Sch 1 [1]. Subst 2002 No 62, Sch 1 [5]. Am 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [4]–[7]. Subst 2008 No 48, Sch 3 [3].
7, 7A   (Repealed)
s 7: Am 1998 No 136, Sch 1 [7] [8]. Rep 2002 No 62, Sch 1 [6].
s 7A: Ins 1987 No 35, Sch 1 (2). Rep 1989 No 57, Sch 1 (2).
8   Monthly statements and half-yearly reviews
(1)  The Treasurer is to publicly release a statement for each month (a monthly statement), by the end of the following month, setting out the budget time projections and year-to-date balances for the major general government sector aggregates disclosed in the Budget.
(2)  The Treasurer may delay the release of a monthly statement if, at or near the time at which the statement would otherwise be released, other key reporting documents are (or are to be) released, such as the Budget, the half-yearly review (referred to in subsection (3)), the consolidated financial statements and the general government sector financial statements.
(3)  The Treasurer is to publicly release a statement (the half-yearly review) by 31 December in each year containing—
(a)  revised projections for the current financial year and an explanation of any significant variation in those revised projections from the original budget time projections, and
(b)  revised forward estimates, for major aggregates, over 3 years, and
(c)  the latest economic projections for the current financial year and an explanation of any significant variation from the budget time projections contained in the Budget Papers.
(4)  The half-yearly review is to be based on actual results as at the end of the previous October.
(5)  The Treasurer may determine to change the presentation in a monthly statement or the half-yearly review from that adopted in the preceding Budget.
(6)  The Treasurer is to present a copy of a determination made under subsection (5) to the Legislative Assembly on a day within 14 days after making the determination, if the Legislative Assembly is sitting on that day.
(7)  If at the time when the Treasurer seeks to present a copy of a determination to the Legislative Assembly the Legislative Assembly is not sitting, the Treasurer is to present a copy of the determination to the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly to be dealt with in accordance with section 63C.
(8)  The Treasurer may include such other matters in a monthly statement or the half-yearly review as the Treasurer determines.
s 8: Am 1989 No 57, Sch 1 (3). Subst 1992 No 23, Sch 1 (4). Am 1998 No 80, Sch 1 [3]. Subst 2002 No 62, Sch 1 [7]. Am 2008 No 48, Sch 3 [4]–[6].
Division 2 Accounting arrangements
9   Treasurer’s directions
(1)  The Treasurer may, from time to time, issue directions to accounting officers and officers of an authority with respect to the principles, practices and procedures to be observed in the administration of the financial affairs of the State and may, at any time, amend, vary or cancel a direction so issued.
(2)  Without limiting the generality of subsection (1), the Treasurer may issue directions relating to—
(a)  the accounting for receipts and payments of money,
(b)  money recoverable by the State,
(c)  the recording, issue and control of public property and other property,
(d)  the sale and disposition of public property and other property,
(e)  banking arrangements,
(f)  the writing off of debts,
(g)  the preparation of the consolidated financial statements, general government sector financial statements and other financial reports,
(h)  the preparation of estimates,
(i)  the commitment of expenditure,
(j)  the control and management of budget allocations,
(k)  budgeting and accounting,
(k1)  the establishment and operation of working accounts within the Special Deposits Account,
(l)  the insurance and protection of public property and other property,
(m)  controls for computer-based accounting systems,
(n)  the form and content of financial reports and the accounting policies to be observed in preparing those reports,
(o)  the payment, into an account in the Special Deposits Account for an authority, of a percentage (not being less than 50 per cent) of the proceeds of a sale or lease of a surplus asset vested in, used by or under the control of the authority,
(p)  the purposes for which an authority may expend proceeds referred to in paragraph (o), being purposes in connection with the acquisition or maintenance of capital assets, and
(q)  the transfer of funds, for the settlement of a claim by one authority against another authority, between accounts maintained by the Treasury for the purposes of those authorities, notwithstanding any Act relating to the appropriation of those funds.
(3)  A provision of a direction issued under this section may—
(a)  apply generally or be limited in its application by reference to specified exceptions or factors,
(b)  apply differently according to different factors of a specified kind, or
(c)  authorise any matter or thing to be from time to time determined, applied or regulated by any specified person, group of persons or body,
or may do any combination of those things.
(4)  A direction issued under this section shall not apply to or in respect of—
(a)    (Repealed)
(b)  a university, or
(c)  a person, group of persons or body prescribed for the purposes of this section.
s 9: Am 1985 No 159, Sch 1 (3); 1987 No 279, Sch 1 (1); 1988 No 23, Sch 1 (1); 1989 No 195, Sch 1; 1992 No 23, Sch 1 (5); 2002 No 62, Sch 1 [8]; 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [7] [8]; 2008 No 48, Sch 3 [7] [8].
10–14   (Repealed)
ss 10, 11: Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
s 12: Am 1984 No 88, Sch 1 (2); 1991 No 42, Sch 1 (1); 1998 No 80, Sch 1 [4] [5]; 2006 No 50, Sch 6.5 [5]. Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
s 12A: Ins 2010 No 46, Sch 9. Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
s 13: Am 1984 No 88, Sch 1 (3); 2006 No 50, Sch 6.5 [6]. Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
s 13A: Ins 1988 No 23, Sch 1 (2). Am 1988 No 92, Sch 18; 1991 No 42, Sch 1 (2). Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
s 14: Am 1992 No 23, Sch 1 (6); 1995 No 75, Sch 1. Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
Divisions 3, 4
15–27AB  (Repealed)
pt 2, div 3: Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
s 15: Am 1996 No 24, Sch 1. Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
s 16: Subst 1992 No 23, Sch 1 (7). Am 1993 No 46, Sch 1; 1996 No 24, Sch 1. Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
s 17: Am 1987 No 35, Sch 1 (3); 1996 No 24, Sch 1. Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
s 18: Subst 1992 No 23, Sch 1 (8). Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
s 19: Am 1996 No 24, Sch 1. Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
s 20: Am 1985 No 159, Sch 1 (4); 1992 No 23, Sch 1 (9); 1996 No 24, Sch 1. Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
pt 2, div 4: Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
s 21: Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
s 21A: Ins 1989 No 193, Sch 1 (1). Am 1991 No 42, Sch 1 (3); 1998 No 80, Sch 1 [6]. Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
s 22: Am 1984 No 153, Sch 16. Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
s 22A: Ins 1988 No 19, Sch 1 (1). Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
s 23: Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
s 23A: Ins 1987 No 279, Sch 1 (2). Am 2002 No 62, Sch 1 [8]; 2008 No 48, Sch 3 [9]. Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
s 24: Am 1991 No 42, Sch 1 (4); 2002 No 62, Sch 1 [8]; 2008 No 48, Sch 3 [10]. Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
s 25: Am 1991 No 42, Sch 1 (5); 1998 No 80, Sch 1 [7]–[10]. Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
s 26: Am 1985 No 159, Sch 1 (5); 1987 No 279, Sch 1 (3). Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
s 27: Am 1994 No 71, sec 6 (1) (b). Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
s 27A: Ins 1993 No 83, sec 3. Am 1998 No 80, Sch 1 [3]. Subst 2002 No 62, Sch 1 [9]; 2008 No 48, Sch 3 [11]. Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
s 27AA: Ins 2002 No 62, Sch 1 [9]. Am 2005 No 41, Sch 1 [2]; 2008 No 48, Sch 3 [12]–[14]; 2012 No 58, Sch 1 [1]. Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
s 27AB: Ins 2002 No 62, Sch 1 [9]. Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [5].
Part 3 Audit
Division 1 The Auditor-General
27B   The Auditor-General
(1)  There is to be an Auditor-General for the State.
(2)  The Auditor-General has the functions conferred or imposed on the Auditor-General by law.
(3)  The Auditor-General’s functions include the following—
(a)  to audit the consolidated financial statements, the general government sector financial statements and any other financial reports that the Auditor-General is required or authorised to audit by law,
(b)  to provide any particular audit or audit-related service to Parliament at the joint request of both Houses of Parliament,
(c)  to provide any particular audit or audit-related service to the Treasurer at the request of the Treasurer or to any other Minister at the request of that other Minister,
(d)  to report to Parliament as required or authorised by law,
(e)  to do anything that is incidental to the exercise of the Auditor-General’s functions.
(4)  The Auditor-General may exercise his or her functions in such manner as the Auditor-General thinks fit. However, the Auditor-General is required—
(a)  to have regard to recognised professional standards and practices, and
(b)  to comply with any relevant requirements imposed by law.
(5)  The Auditor-General may, in the exercise of his or her functions, have regard to whether there has been—
(a)  any wastage of public resources, or
(b)  any lack of probity or financial prudence in the management or application of public resources.
(6)  Nothing in this Act entitles the Auditor-General to question the merits of policy objectives of the Government, including—
(a)  any policy objective of the Government contained in a record of a policy decision of Cabinet, and
(b)  a policy direction of a Minister, and
(c)  a policy statement in any Budget Paper or other document evidencing a policy direction of the Cabinet or a Minister.
(6A)  Towards defraying the costs and expenses of any particular audit or audit-related service provided at the request of both Houses of Parliament or of a Minister under subsection (3), there is payable to the Auditor-General, out of funds available for the expenditure of Parliament or of the Minister (as the case requires), such amounts at such times as the Treasurer decides.
(7)  In this section, by law means by or under this or any other Act or law.
s 27B: Ins 2001 No 90, Sch 1 [1]. Am 2002 No 62, Sch 1 [10]; 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [8]; 2008 No 48, Sch 3 [15]; 2009 No 106, Sch 1.14 [1].
28   Appointment etc
(1)  The Auditor-General is to be appointed by the Governor for a term of 8 years and is not eligible for re-appointment, including re-appointment after the end of that term.
(2)  Part 1 of Schedule 1 has effect.
s 28: Am 1991 No 88, Sch 2 (1); 2013 No 47, Sch 1.22 [1].
28A   Veto of proposed appointment of Auditor-General
(1)  A person is not to be appointed as Auditor-General until—
(a)  a proposal that the person be appointed has been referred to the Public Accounts Committee under section 57A, and
(b)  either the period that the Committee has under that section to veto the proposed appointment has ended without the Committee having vetoed the proposed appointment or the Committee notifies the Treasurer that it has decided not to veto the proposed appointment.
(2)  A person may be proposed for appointment on more than one occasion.
s 28A: Ins 1992 No 43, Sch 1.
29   Declaration of office
(1)  The Auditor-General, on being appointed under this Act, shall, before exercising the powers or performing the duties conferred or imposed on the Auditor-General by this Act, make and subscribe, before one of the Judges of the Supreme Court, a declaration in the form of Part 2 of Schedule 1.
(2)  The declaration made and subscribed pursuant to subsection (1) shall be kept among the records of the Supreme Court.
30   Deputy Auditor-General
(1)  A Deputy Auditor-General may be appointed by the Governor to act in the office of the Auditor-General at any time while the Auditor-General is absent from office through illness or any other cause or while there is a vacancy in the office of the Auditor-General.
(2)  An appointment under subsection (1) may be made whether or not, at the time at which the appointment is made, the Auditor-General is absent from office as referred to in that subsection or there is a vacancy in the office of Auditor-General as so referred to.
(3)  Section 29 applies to and in respect of the Deputy Auditor-General in the same way as it applies to and in respect of the Auditor-General.
(4)  The Deputy Auditor-General, while acting as referred to in subsection (1), shall be deemed to be the Auditor-General and shall have and may exercise the functions of the Auditor-General.
(5)  No person shall be concerned to inquire whether or not any occasion has arisen requiring or authorising a person to act in the office of the Auditor-General, and all things done or omitted to be done by that person while so acting shall be as valid and effectual and shall have the same consequences as if they had been done or omitted to be done by the Auditor-General.
31   Auditor-General shall communicate with Treasurer
(1)  The Auditor-General shall communicate with the Treasurer upon all matters arising under this Act or the prescribed requirements and which, in the opinion of the Auditor-General, are sufficiently significant to be brought to the Treasurer’s attention.
(2)  The Auditor-General shall transmit to the Treasurer the name of any person failing to comply with any of the provisions of this Act or the prescribed requirements.
(3)  Upon the name of a person being transmitted to the Treasurer under subsection (2) and until the failure of that person is made good to the satisfaction of the Auditor-General, the payment of any salary or money due or to become due to that person may, subject to and in accordance with the regulations, be withheld.
32   Search in public books
The Auditor-General may cause a search to be made in and any extracts to be taken from any book, document or record, in any public office, without paying any fee therefor.
33   Auditor-General may obtain opinion of law officer
The Auditor-General shall be entitled to lay before the Attorney General or Crown Solicitor a case in writing as to any question regarding the interpretation of this Act, the Constitution Act 1902, or any other Act, or the prescribed requirements concerning the functions of the Auditor-General and the Attorney General or Crown Solicitor, as the case may be, shall give a written opinion on the case.
Division 1A The Audit Office
pt 3, div 1A: Ins 2004 No 91, Sch 1.27 [2].
33A   Establishment of Audit Office
(1)  The Audit Office of New South Wales is established by this Act.
(2)  The Audit Office consists of those persons who are for the time being appointed by the Auditor-General under section 33B.
(3)  The Auditor-General is not a member of the Audit Office but is taken, for all purposes, to be the person who exercises the functions of chief executive officer in relation to the Audit Office.
s 33A: Ins 2004 No 91, Sch 1.27 [2].
33B   Staff of Audit Office
(1)  The Auditor-General may appoint, as members of staff of the Audit Office, such persons as may be necessary to enable the Auditor-General to exercise the Auditor-General’s functions.
(2)  Those persons are taken to be employed by the Government of New South Wales in the service of the Crown, except as provided by section 33E.
(3)  Each person who is appointed as a member of staff of the Audit Office continues, subject to the provisions of this Division and the terms of the person’s appointment, to be employed in the Audit Office at the discretion of the Auditor-General.
(4)  The provisions of the Government Sector Employment Act 2013 relating to the employment of Public Service employees do not apply to a member of staff of the Audit Office.
s 33B: Ins 2004 No 91, Sch 1.27 [2]. Am 2014 No 33, Sch 3.26 [5].
33C   Auditor-General may determine employment conditions
(1)  The Auditor-General may from time to time make determinations fixing the conditions and benefits of employment of the members of staff of the Audit Office and their salary, wages and other remuneration. Such a determination can provide for redundancy and severance payments and for remuneration packaging.
(2)  The conditions, benefits, salary, wages and other remuneration of a member of staff of the Audit Office are, except in so far as provision is otherwise made by law, such as may be fixed by a determination made under this section.
(3)  A member of staff may sue for and recover the amount of remuneration of the member that is determined under this section. For that purpose, the determination is taken to be a State industrial instrument.
ss 33C–33E: Ins 2004 No 91, Sch 1.27 [2].
33D   Auditor-General may enter into agreements
(1)  The Auditor-General may enter into an agreement with any association or organisation representing a group or class of staff of the Audit Office with respect to industrial matters.
(2)  Any such agreement binds all persons in the class or group affected by the agreement, and no such person (whether a member of the association or organisation with which the agreement was entered into or not) has any right of appeal against the terms of the agreement.
(3)  An agreement under this section is not an enterprise agreement within the meaning of the Industrial Relations Act 1996. However, the Auditor-General may enter into such an enterprise agreement as the employer of the members of staff concerned.
ss 33C–33E: Ins 2004 No 91, Sch 1.27 [2].
33E   Role of Auditor-General in industrial proceedings
The Auditor-General is, for the purposes of any proceedings relating to members of staff of the Audit Office held before a competent tribunal having jurisdiction to deal with industrial matters, taken to be the employer of the staff.
ss 33C–33E: Ins 2004 No 91, Sch 1.27 [2].
33F   Executive officers
(1)  In this section—
employment of an executive officer means—
(a)  the appointment of, or failure to appoint, a person to a vacant executive position, or
(b)  the removal, retirement, termination of employment or other cessation of office of the executive officer, or
(c)  any disciplinary proceedings or disciplinary action taken against the executive officer, or
(d)  the remuneration or conditions of employment of the executive officer.
executive officer means a person holding an executive position.
executive position means a position in the Audit Office that—
(a)  has a salary greater than the maximum salary applicable to a grade 12 clerk’s position in the Public Service, and
(b)  is designated by the Auditor-General as an executive position.
(2)  The contract of employment of an executive officer may provide for the payment of compensation to the officer on the removal or termination of employment of the executive officer.
(3)  The Auditor-General may remove an executive officer from an executive position at any time for any or no reason and without notice. The person is not, except as may be provided in the person’s contract of employment, entitled to any compensation for the removal from office.
(4)  The employment of an executive officer, or any matter, question or dispute relating to any such employment, is not an industrial matter for the purposes of the Industrial Relations Act 1996. This subsection applies whether or not any person has been appointed to a vacant executive position.
(5)  Part 6 (Unfair dismissals), Part 7 (Public sector promotion and disciplinary appeals) and Part 9 (Unfair contracts) of Chapter 2 of the Industrial Relations Act 1996 do not apply to or in respect of the employment of an executive officer.
(6)  Any State industrial instrument (whether made before or after the commencement of this section) does not have effect in so far as it relates to the employment of executive officers.
(7)  Subsection (6) does not prevent the Auditor-General from applying the provisions of an award or industrial agreement (including a determination under section 33C) to the employment of an executive officer.
(8)    (Repealed)
(9)  No proceedings for an order in the nature of prohibition, certiorari or mandamus or for a declaration or injunction or for any other relief, lie in respect of the appointment of or failure to appoint a person to an executive position, the entitlement or non-entitlement of a person to be so appointed or the validity or invalidity of any such appointment.
(10)  This section prevails over any inconsistent provision of any other Act or law or of the terms of appointment of, or contract of employment with, an executive officer.
s 33F: Ins 2004 No 91, Sch 1.27 [2]. Am 2010 No 54, Sch 3.10 [1] [2].
33G   Delegation of Auditor-General’s functions
The Auditor-General may delegate any of the Auditor-General’s functions under this or any other Act (other than this power of delegation) to a member of staff of the Audit Office.
s 33G: Ins 2004 No 91, Sch 1.27 [2]. Am 2007 No 27, Sch 1.45 [1].
Division 2 Audit—generally
34   (Repealed)
s 34: Am 1998 No 136, Sch 1 [9]. Rep 2001 No 90, Sch 1 [2].
35   Inspection and audit of books and records of accounting officers
(1)  The Auditor-General may appoint, in writing, a person (whether or not that person is an officer of an authority) or a firm to be an auditor for the purposes of this Act.
(2)  The Auditor-General—
(a)  may, whenever the Auditor-General thinks fit, and
(b)  shall, whenever required by the Treasurer so to do,
inspect, examine and audit, or cause an auditor to inspect, examine and audit, the books and records of any accounting officer and of any other person who is subject to the provisions of this Act or the prescribed requirements of whose financial report the Auditor-General is authorised or required to audit and into whose possession or under whose control any public money, other money, public property or other property has come.
(3)  An auditor who has made an inspection, examination and audit under subsection (2) shall, as soon as practicable after the inspection, examination and audit, make and sign a report and forward it to the Auditor-General.
(4)  The Auditor-General or a person (being the Deputy Auditor-General or an auditor) authorised by the Auditor-General shall, as soon as practicable after any inspection, examination and audit under this section, forward a report of the results of the inspection, examination and audit to the Treasurer.
(5)  Towards defraying the costs and expenses of any inspection, examination or audit and report under this section, the employer of the accounting officer or other person concerned is to pay the Auditor-General (from any funds under the control or administration of the employer) such amounts, at such times, as the Treasurer decides.
s 35: Am 1987 No 35, Sch 1 (4); 2001 No 90, Sch 1 [3]; 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [9] [10].
36   Access to records, information etc
(1)  The Auditor-General, an auditor or a person authorised by the Auditor-General—
(a)  for the purposes of any inspection or audit authorised or required to be carried out by the Auditor-General pursuant to this Act or any other law in relation to any person, group of persons, body, fund or account, or
(b)  for the purpose of exercising any other function conferred or imposed on the Auditor-General pursuant to this Act or any other law,
is entitled at all reasonable times to full and free access to the books, records, documents and papers of or relating to the person, group of persons, body, fund or account or relating to public money, other money, public property or other property and may make copies thereof or take extracts therefrom.
(2)  The Auditor-General, an auditor or a person authorised by the Auditor-General may require an officer of an authority to furnish to the Auditor-General, auditor or authorised person within 14 days after the date on which the requirement is made such information in the possession of the officer or to which the officer has access as the Auditor-General, auditor or authorised person considers necessary for any of the purposes referred to in subsection (1) (a) or (b).
(3)  The Auditor-General may, by notice in writing signed by the Auditor-General, require a person named in the notice to appear personally before the Auditor-General at a time and place specified in the notice and to produce to the Auditor-General such books, records, documents or papers in the possession or under the control of that person as appear to the Auditor-General to be necessary for the purposes of an audit authorised or required to be made by the Auditor-General by or under this Act or any other Act or law.
(4)  A person of whom a requirement under subsection (2) or (3) is made shall not fail to comply with the requirement.
(5)  The Auditor-General, an auditor or a person authorised by the Auditor-General is entitled to exercise functions under this section despite—
(a)  any rule of law which, in proceedings in a court of law, might justify an objection to access to books, records, documents or papers or information on grounds of public interest, or
(b)  any privilege of an authority which the authority might claim in a court of law, other than a claim based on legal professional privilege, or
(c)  any duty of secrecy or other restriction on disclosure applying to an authority or to an officer of an authority.
(6)  Nothing in this section entitles the Auditor-General, an auditor or a person authorised by the Auditor-General to have access to information that is Cabinet information under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.
(7)  In subsection (5), authority means an authority, or other body, whose financial report is subject to audit by the Auditor-General under this Act or any other Act.
s 36: Am 1993 No 37, Sch 2; 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [11]–[13]; 2009 No 54, Sch 2.40.
37   Access to records of bank, building society or credit union
Where an account for the banking of money (whether public money or other money) of an authority is kept with a bank, building society or credit union, the bank, building society or credit union concerned or a person in charge of the account shall, whenever requested to do so by the Auditor-General, an auditor or a person authorised by the Auditor-General—
(a)  furnish to the Auditor-General, auditor or authorised person, in accordance with the request, a statement of the account or a certificate as to the balance of the account, and
(b)  produce to the Auditor-General, auditor or authorised person any book, account, record or document relating to the authority and under the custody or control of the bank, building society or credit union or person in charge.
s 37: Am 1996 No 24, Sch 1.
38   Secrecy
(1)  The Auditor-General, an auditor and an authorised person shall preserve and aid in preserving secrecy with respect to all matters and things that come to the knowledge of the Auditor-General, auditor or authorised person in the exercise of the functions of the Auditor-General, auditor or authorised person under this Act and the prescribed requirements and shall not communicate to any person any such matter or thing.
(2)  Nothing in subsection (1) applies to or in respect of—
(a)  the conduct of any matter necessary for the proper administration of this Act or the prescribed requirements, or
(b)  proceedings for an offence relating to public money, other money, public property or other property or for the recovery of public money, other money, public property or other property, or
(c)  disciplinary proceedings brought against an officer of an authority, or
(d)  a report or communication authorised or required to be made by or under this Act or the prescribed requirements, or
(e)  a report or communication that the Treasurer authorises the Auditor-General to make to a person for the purposes of a due diligence or similar process relating to the sale of any government undertaking.
s 38: Am 2001 No 90, Sch 1 [4] [5].
Division 2A Performance audits of activities
pt 3, div 2A, hdg: Ins 1991 No 88, Sch 1 (1). Am 2001 No 90, Sch 1 [6].
pt 3, div 2A: Ins 1991 No 88, Sch 1 (1).
38A   Definitions
In this Division—
audit includes examination and inspection.
authority means an authority, or other body, whose financial report is subject to audit by the Auditor-General under this Act or any other Act.
responsible Minister means—
(a)  in the case of a Department—the Minister responsible for the Department, or
(b)  in any other case—the Minister having the administration of the Act by or under which the authority concerned is appointed, constituted or regulated.
performance audit means an audit under this Division.
s 38A: Ins 1991 No 88, Sch 1 (1). Am 1993 No 108, Sch 2; 2001 No 90, Sch 1 [6]; 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [13].
38B   Performance audit by Auditor-General
(1)  The Auditor-General may, when the Auditor-General considers it appropriate to do so, conduct an audit of all or any particular activities of an authority to determine whether the authority is carrying out those activities effectively and doing so economically and efficiently and in compliance with all relevant laws.
(1A)    (Repealed)
(2)  A performance audit is separate from, and does not affect, any other audit required or authorised by or under this Act or any other Act.
(3)  A single performance audit may relate to the activities of more than one authority.
s 38B: Ins 1991 No 88, Sch 1 (1). Am 1994 No 92, Sch 1; 2001 No 90, Sch 1 [6]–[8].
38C   Report of performance audit
(1)  The Auditor-General is to report to the Head of the authority, the responsible Minister and the Treasurer as to the result of any performance audit and as to such other matters as in the judgment of the Auditor-General call for special notice.
(2)  The Auditor-General must not make a report of a performance audit under this section unless, at least 28 days before making the report, the Auditor-General has given the Head of the authority, the responsible Minister and the Treasurer a summary of findings and proposed recommendations in relation to the audit.
(2A)  The Auditor-General may make a report of a performance audit under this section before the expiration of that 28-day period if the Head of the authority has provided to the Auditor-General any submissions or comments he or she wishes to make.
(3)  The Auditor-General is to include in the report of a performance audit under this section any submissions or comments made by the Head of the authority or a summary, in an agreed form, of any such submissions or comments.
(4)  The Auditor-General, in a report of a performance audit under this section—
(a)  may include such information as he or she thinks desirable in relation to the activities that are the subject of the audit, and
(b)  is to set out the reasons for opinions expressed in the report, and
(c)  may include such recommendations arising out of the audit as the Auditor-General thinks fit to make.
(5)  The Auditor-General may include the report in any other report of the Auditor-General.
(6)  If a single performance audit relates to the activities of more than one authority, the Treasurer may, at the request of the Auditor-General, determine the Head of an appropriate authority and responsible Minister to whom the Auditor-General is to report under this section. In that case, a reference in this section to the Head of the authority or the responsible Minister is to be construed accordingly.
s 38C: Ins 1991 No 88, Sch 1 (1). Am 2001 No 90, Sch 1 [6] [9]–[11].
38D   (Repealed)
s 38D: Ins 1991 No 88, Sch 1 (1). Rep 2001 No 90, Sch 1 [12].
38E   Tabling etc of reports under sec 38C
(1)  The Auditor-General is, as soon as practicable after making a report under section 38C, to present the report to each House of Parliament, if that House is then sitting.
(2)  If a House of Parliament is not sitting when the Auditor-General seeks to present a report to it under this section, the Auditor-General is to present the report to the Clerk of the House concerned to be dealt with in accordance with section 63C.
(3)  The Auditor-General may include the report in any other report of the Auditor-General to the House of Parliament concerned.
s 38E: Ins 1991 No 88, Sch 1 (1). Subst 2001 No 90, Sch 1 [13].
Division 3 General audit of statutory bodies
39   Application and interpretation
(1)  A reference in this Division to a statutory body is a reference to—
(a)  a person, group of persons or body specified in Schedule 2, and
(b)  a person, group of persons or body (not being a person, group of persons or body specified in Schedule 3) whose funds are held in an account within the Special Deposits Account.
Note—
See also section 24A of the State Owned Corporations Act 1989 which provides that statutory SOCs are also statutory bodies for the purposes of this Part.
(1A)  A reference in this Division to a statutory body also includes a reference to an entity of which the statutory body has control as defined in Australian Accounting Standards. For the avoidance of doubt, any such controlled entity is a separate statutory body for the purposes of this Division and is subject to the same requirements under this Division as apply to a statutory body referred to in subsection (1).
(1B)  A reference in this Division to a statutory body does not include a reference to a person, group of persons, body or entity who or which is, by a regulation made for the purposes of this subsection, declared not to be a statutory body for the purposes of this Division.
(2)  A reference in this Division to a Minister, in relation to a statutory body, is a reference to the Minister having the administration of the Act by or under which the statutory body is appointed, constituted or regulated.
(2A)  A reference in this Division to the Auditor-General shall, where, in relation to a statutory body, not being the Audit Office or an entity referred to in subsection (1A), an Act authorises or enables the appointment by the statutory body of an auditor other than the Auditor-General to be the sole auditor in respect of the statutory body, be read and construed as a reference to that auditor.
(2B)  A reference in this Division to a financial report, in relation to a statutory body, is a reference to the financial report referred to in section 41A.
(3)  The provisions of this Division are in addition to any other statutory provisions relating to the financial report, books, records or audit of a statutory body but, in the event of any inconsistency between the provisions of this Division and any other such statutory provisions, the provisions of this Division shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, prevail.
(3A)  Without limiting section 40, the regulations may provide for this Division to apply to particular statutory bodies or kinds of statutory bodies except for specified provisions.
(3B)  The following provisions apply in respect of a regulation made for the purposes of subsection (3A) (an exemption regulation)—
(a)  the Treasurer must consult the Auditor-General about any proposed provisions to be included in an exemption regulation,
(b)  section 3.5 of the Government Sector Finance Act 2018 applies to the consultation referred to in paragraph (a) in the same way as it applies to a consultation requirement under that Act,
(c)  an exemption regulation must provide for its provisions to be repealed on a day that is no later than 1 November 2021.
Note—
Section 10.5 of the Government Sector Finance Act 2018 provides for the repeal of Schedule 2 (Provisions for COVID-19 pandemic) to that Act on 1 November 2021.
(3C)  A statutory body to which an exemption regulation applies is not required to comply with the provisions of this Division that are prescribed as exceptions.
(3D)  Anything done, or omitted to be done, pursuant to an exemption regulation remains as legally effective after the repeal of the regulation as it was before its repeal.
(4)  Nothing in this Division limits or derogates from the provisions of Division 2.
s 39: Am 1984 No 88, Sch 1 (4); 1985 No 159, Sch 1 (6); 1987 No 35, Sch 1 (5); 1988 No 19, Sch 1 (2); 1989 No 57, Sch 2 (1); 1991 No 88, Sch 4 (1); 1992 No 23, Sch 1 (10); 1999 No 37, Sch 1 [2]; 2004 No 91, Sch 1.27 [3]; 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [14] [15]; 2008 No 48, Sch 3 [16]; 2010 No 59, Sch 1.20 [1] [2]; 2020 No 6, Sch 1.4[1].
40   Amendment of Schedule 2
(1)  The Governor may, by proclamation published on the NSW legislation website, amend Schedule 2—
(a)  by inserting therein the name of a person, group of persons or body appointed, constituted or regulated by or under an Act,
(b)  where, pursuant to an Act, the name of any such person, group of persons or body is altered or other matter relating to any such person, group of persons or body is altered, by altering that name or that other matter, or
(c)  where, pursuant to an Act, any such person, group of persons or body ceases to be constituted or regulated by or under an Act or, in the case of a body, is abolished or dissolved, by omitting therefrom the name of the person, group of persons or body.
(2)  Notwithstanding subsection (1), the Governor may, by regulation, amend Schedule 2 by omitting therefrom the name of a person, group of persons or body.
s 40: Am 1984 No 88, Sch 1 (5); 2009 No 56, Sch 4.55.
41   Keeping of books and records
s 41, hdg: Am 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [16].
(1)  A statutory body shall cause to be kept proper books and records in relation to all of its operations.
(2)  Without limiting the generality of subsection (1), a statutory body, being the Senate or Council of a university, shall cause to be kept proper books and records in relation to the funds of the university.
(3)–(8)    (Repealed)
s 41: Am 1984 No 88, Sch 1 (6); 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [11] [17].
41A   Preparation of financial report
(1)  A statutory body (other than the Audit Office) shall, within the period of 6 weeks after the end of each financial year of the statutory body, prepare and submit—
(a)  to the Minister, and
(b)  to the Auditor-General,
a financial report for the financial year then ended.
(2)  The Auditor-General is, within the period of 6 weeks after the end of each financial year of the Audit Office, to prepare and submit to the auditor appointed under section 47 the Audit Office’s financial report for the financial year then ended.
s 41A: Ins 1984 No 88, Sch 1 (7). Am 1991 No 88, Sch 4 (2) (6); 2004 No 91, Sch 1.27 [3]; 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [18] [19].
41B   Nature of financial reports
s 41B, hdg: Am 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [20].
(1)  A statutory body’s financial report—
(a)  shall be prepared in accordance with Australian Accounting Standards,
(b)    (Repealed)
(c)  is to include—
(i)–(v)    (Repealed)
(va)  a statement of all exemptions, omissions, modifications and variations made by the Treasurer under section 41BA which apply to the statutory body, and a summary of the reasons for them, and
(vi)  such other information, if any, or particulars, if any, as may be prescribed,
(d)  shall be accompanied by—
(i)  a summary of the land owned or occupied by the statutory body classified according to the actual use of the land, and
(ii)  where it is appropriate to value the land and the value can readily be established, a statement of the value of the land within each classification, or otherwise, a statement giving the reasons why it is inappropriate to value the land or why the value cannot readily be established,
(e)  shall exhibit a true and fair view of the financial position and financial performance of the statutory body and, in the case of a statutory body being the Senate or Council of a university, of the financial position and financial performance of the university, and
(f)    (Repealed)
(g)  shall be prepared in such manner, if any, and such form, if any, as may be prescribed.
(2)–(5)    (Repealed)
s 41B: Ins 1984 No 88, Sch 1 (7). Am 1987 No 35, Sch 1 (6); 1991 No 88, Sch 1 (2); 1992 No 23, Sch 1 (11); 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [21]–[27].
41BA   Variation of requirements
(1)  If, after consulting the Auditor-General, the Treasurer is satisfied that compliance with a provision of this Act or the regulations which relates to the form or content of financial reports—
(a)  would render a financial report of a statutory body misleading, or
(b)  would be inappropriate to the circumstances of a statutory body, or
(c)  would impose unreasonable burdens on a statutory body,
the Treasurer may, by notice in writing, exempt the statutory body from compliance with the provision or declare that the provision applies to it as if omitted, or modified or varied in a specified manner.
(2)  An exemption, omission, modification or variation under this section—
(a)  may be specific or general, and
(b)  may be made in respect of a single statutory body or a class of them, and
(c)  may be made on such terms and conditions as the Treasurer thinks fit, and
(d)  may be revoked or varied by the Treasurer in relation to a statutory body by notice in writing.
s 41BA: Ins 1992 No 23, Sch 1 (12). Am 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [28] [29].
41C   Auditing etc of financial report
(1)  The Auditor-General is to audit a statutory body’s financial report for a financial year within 10 weeks of its receipt by the Auditor-General.
(1A)  The Auditor-General or a person (being the Deputy Auditor-General or an auditor) authorised by the Auditor-General is, within that 10-week period to furnish an opinion—
(a)  stating that the Auditor-General has audited the financial report of the statutory body for that financial year, and
(b)  indicating whether the financial report complies with section 41B, and
(c)  setting forth any qualifications subject to which the opinion is given.
(1B)  An opinion in relation to the financial report of a statutory body is not to be furnished under subsection (1A) unless the Auditor-General has received a statement made in accordance with a resolution of the statutory body and—
(a)  stating whether, in the opinion of the person or persons by whom the statement is signed—
(i)  the financial report exhibits a true and fair view of the financial position and financial performance of the statutory body, or
(ii)  if the statutory body is the Senate, Council or Board of Governors of a university, the financial report exhibits a true and fair view of the financial position and financial performance of the university, and
(b)  including such matters as are prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this subsection.
(1C)  The statement referred to in subsection (1B) is to be signed—
(a)  in the case of a statutory body that has a governing body—by at least 2 members of the governing body, or
(b)  in the case of a statutory body that does not have a governing body—by the chief executive officer of the statutory body or the person who exercises the functions of a chief executive officer in relation to the statutory body, or
(c)  by a person prescribed by the regulations in respect of the statutory body.
(1D)  For the purposes of subsection (1C), a member of the governing body of a statutory body includes, where the statutory body is the Senate, Council or Board of Governors of a university, a member of the Senate, Council or Board of Governors.
(2)  Nothing in this section prevents the alteration of a statutory body’s financial report, with the approval of the Auditor-General, after its receipt by the Auditor-General and before its submission to the Minister.
(3)    (Repealed)
s 41C: Ins 1984 No 88, Sch 1 (7). Am 1989 No 57, Sch 2 (2); 1991 No 88, Schs 1 (3), 4 (8); 2005 No 64, Sch 1.30 [1]; 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [30]–[34].
41D   Return of audited financial report etc to statutory body
The Auditor-General or a person authorised by the Auditor-General shall, after all the functions conferred by section 41C in relation to the financial report of a statutory body have been performed, submit the financial report and the opinion under that section to the statutory body for submission to the Minister.
s 41D: Ins 1984 No 88, Sch 1 (7). Subst 1989 No 57, Sch 2 (3). Am 1991 No 88, Sch 4 (9). Subst 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [35].
42   Application for extension
(1)  A statutory body may, at any time within the period of 6 weeks after the end of the financial year of the body, apply to the Treasurer for an extension of the period within which it is required to comply with section 41A.
(2)  An application under subsection (1) shall include detailed reasons and other relevant information in support of the application.
(3)  The Treasurer may, after consultation with the appropriate Minister and the Auditor-General, extend a period within which a statutory body is required to comply with section 41A or any requirement of that section.
(4)  Where, in relation to a statutory body, the Treasurer extends a period within which a statutory body is required to comply with section 41A or any requirement of that section, the body shall comply with section 41A or the requirement, as the case may require, within the extended period.
s 42: Am 1984 No 88, Sch 1 (8); 1985 No 159, Sch 1 (7).
43   Inspection and audit of financial reports, books and records of statutory bodies
(1)  The financial reports, books and records of financial transactions of or relating to a statutory body (other than the Audit Office), and the records of or relating to assets of or in the custody of the body or the liabilities of the body, shall be inspected and audited by the Auditor-General.
(2)  The Auditor-General or a person (being the Deputy Auditor-General or an auditor) authorised by the Auditor-General shall report to the statutory body, the Minister and the Treasurer as to the result of any such inspection and audit and as to such irregularities or other matters as in the judgment of the Auditor-General or authorised person call for special notice.
(3)  Towards defraying the costs and expenses of any such inspection and audit, the statutory body shall pay to the Auditor-General such amounts, at such times, as the Treasurer decides.
s 43: Am 1987 No 35, Sch 1 (7); 1991 No 88, Sch 4 (3) (13); 2004 No 91, Sch 1.27 [3]; 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [36].
43A   General audit of former statutory bodies
(1)  This section applies where a statutory body ceases to be a statutory body because it is abolished or dissolved or its name is removed from Schedule 2. The statutory body is referred to in this section as the body.
(2)  Unless other provision is made by or under any Act—
(a)  a financial report for the portion of the financial year ending when the body ceased to be such a statutory body (and for any previous financial year) is to be prepared and submitted, and
(b)  the financial report is to be audited, and
(c)  a statement referred to in section 41C (1B) in relation to the financial report is to be prepared and submitted,
in the same way that it would have been required to be prepared, submitted and audited if the financial year had ended on that day and the body had not ceased to be such a statutory body.
(3)  The financial report and statement may be prepared and submitted by any person or persons who could have done so had the body not ceased to be a statutory body or by any successor to or continuation of the body, or by any entity that controlled the body.
(4)  The Auditor-General may make such arrangements, and enter such agreements, as may be appropriate or necessary for the purposes of this section. An arrangement or agreement may provide for the affairs of the body and of any successor to be treated in a composite way.
(5)  The Treasurer may direct that this section is not to apply to the body if, in the opinion of the Treasurer, it is unnecessary or inappropriate for it to apply.
s 43A: Ins 1990 No 46, Sch 1. Am 2005 No 64, Sch 1.30 [2]; 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [5] [37]–[39]; 2009 No 106, Sch 1.14 [2]–[4].
Division 4 Particular audit of statutory bodies, funds and accounts
44   Application and interpretation
(1)  A reference in this Division to a statutory body is a reference to—
(a)  a person, group of persons or body prescribed for the purposes of this Division, or
(b)  a person, group of persons or body having the control or management of a fund or account, being a fund or account which is prescribed for the purposes of this Division.
(2)  A reference in this Division to a Minister, in relation to a statutory body, is a reference to the Minister having the administration of the Act by or under which the statutory body is appointed, constituted or regulated.
(3)  Nothing in this Division limits or derogates from the provisions of Division 2.
45   Particular audit
(1)  In accordance with the request of the Treasurer, a Minister or a person prescribed for the purposes of this section in relation to a statutory body, the Auditor-General is to inspect and audit—
(a)  in the case of a statutory body to which section 44 (1) (a) applies—the financial report of the statutory body and the books and records of financial transactions of or relating to—
(i)  the statutory body, and
(ii)  assets of or in the custody of the body, and
(b)  in the case of a statutory body to which section 44 (1) (b) applies—the financial report of the statutory body and the books and records of financial transactions of or relating to the fund or account under the control or management of the statutory body.
(2)  The Auditor-General or a person (being the Deputy Auditor-General or an auditor) authorised by the Auditor-General shall report to the statutory body, the Minister, the Treasurer and any person prescribed for the purposes of this section in relation to the statutory body as to the result of any such inspection and audit and as to such irregularities or other matters as in the judgment of the Auditor-General or authorised person call for special notice.
(2A)  The Auditor-General is to include a reference to any audit conducted under this section in the report referred to in section 52 (1).
(3)  Towards defraying the costs and expenses of any such inspection and audit, the statutory body shall pay to the Auditor-General such amounts, at such times, as the Treasurer decides.
s 45: Am 1991 No 88, Schs 1 (4), 4 (14) (16); 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [40].
Division 4A General audit of Departments
pt 3, div 4A: Ins 1985 No 159, Sch 1 (8).
45A   Application and interpretation
(1)  A reference in this Division to a Department is a reference to a person, group of persons or body specified in Column 1 of Schedule 3.
(1A)  A reference in this Division to a Department also includes a reference to an entity of which the Department (or the Minister responsible for, or an officer of, the Department) has control as defined in Australian Accounting Standards. For the avoidance of doubt, any such controlled entity is a separate Department for the purposes of this Division and is subject to the same requirements under this Division as apply to a Department referred to in subsection (1).
(1B)  A reference in this Division to a Department does not include a reference to a person, group of persons, body or entity who or which is, by a regulation made for the purposes of this subsection, declared not to be a Department for the purposes of this Division.
(2)  A reference in this Division to a Minister, in relation to a Department, is a reference to the Minister responsible for the Department.
(3)  A reference in this Division to a Department Head—
(a)  is, in relation to a Department specified in Column 1 of Schedule 3, a reference to the person holding the position specified in Column 2 of that Schedule opposite the name or description of the Department, or
(b)  is, in relation to an entity referred to in subsection (1A)—
(i)  a reference to the governing body of the entity, or
(ii)  if the entity does not have a governing body—a reference to the chief executive officer of the entity or the person who exercises the functions of a chief executive officer in relation to the entity, or
(iii)  in any other case—a reference to a person prescribed by the regulations.
(3A)  A reference in this Division to a financial report, in relation to a Department, is a reference to the financial report referred to in section 45D.
(4)  The provisions of this Division are in addition to any other statutory provisions relating to the financial report, books, records or audit of a Department but, in the event of any inconsistency between the provisions of this Division and any other such statutory provisions, the provisions of this Division shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, prevail.
(4A)  Without limiting section 45B, the regulations may provide for this Division to apply to particular Departments or kinds of Departments except for specified provisions.
(4B)  The following provisions apply in respect of a regulation made for the purposes of subsection (4A) (an exemption regulation)—
(a)  the Treasurer must consult the Auditor-General about any proposed provisions to be included in an exemption regulation,
(b)  section 3.5 of the Government Sector Finance Act 2018 applies to the consultation referred to in paragraph (a) in the same way as it applies to a consultation requirement under that Act,
(c)  an exemption regulation must provide for its provisions to be repealed on a day that is no later than 1 November 2021.
Note—
Section 10.5 of the Government Sector Finance Act 2018 provides for the repeal of Schedule 2 (Provisions for COVID-19 pandemic) to that Act on 1 November 2021.
(4C)  A Department to which an exemption regulation applies is not required to comply with the provisions of this Division that are prescribed as exceptions.
(4D)  Anything done, or omitted to be done, pursuant to an exemption regulation remains as legally effective after the repeal of the regulation as it was before its repeal.
(5)  Nothing in this Division limits or derogates from the provisions of Division 2.
s 45A: Ins 1985 No 159, Sch 1 (8). Am 1991 No 88, Sch 4 (4); 1992 No 23, Sch 1 (13); 1999 No 37, Sch 1 [3]; 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [14] [15]; 2008 No 48, Sch 3 [17]; 2010 No 59, Sch 1.20 [3] [4]; 2020 No 6, Sch 1.4[2].
45B   Amendment of Schedule 3
(1)  The Governor may, by proclamation published on the NSW legislation website, amend Schedule 3—
(a)  by inserting—
(i)  in Column 1 the name of a person, group of persons or body appointed, constituted or regulated by or under an Act, and
(ii)  in Column 2 opposite the name of a person, group of persons or body referred to in subparagraph (i) the title or other description of the position of the person, the position of a person within the group of persons or a position within the body, as the case requires,
(b)  where, pursuant to an Act, the name of any such person, group of persons, body or position is altered or other matter relating to any such person, group of persons, body or position is altered, by altering that name or that other matter, or
(c)  where, pursuant to an Act, any such person, group of persons, body or position ceases to be appointed, constituted or regulated by or under an Act or, in the case of a body or position, is abolished or dissolved, by omitting therefrom the name of the person, group of persons, body or position.
(2)  The Governor may, by regulation, omit Schedule 3 and insert instead a Schedule containing in Column 1 the names of persons, groups of persons or bodies appointed, constituted or regulated by or under an Act and containing in Column 2 the titles or other descriptions of positions of those persons, positions of persons within those groups of persons or positions within those bodies, as the case requires.
(3)  Notwithstanding subsection (1), the Governor may, by regulation, amend Schedule 3 by omitting—
(a)  from Column 1 the name of a person, group of persons or body, and
(b)  from Column 2 opposite the name of the person, group of persons or body referred to in paragraph (a) the title or other description of the position of the person, the position of a person within the group of persons or a position within the body, as the case requires.
s 45B: Ins 1985 No 159, Sch 1 (8). Am 2009 No 56, Sch 4.55.
45C   Keeping of books
A Department Head shall cause to be kept proper books and records in relation to all the operations of the Department.
s 45C: Ins 1985 No 159, Sch 1 (8). Am 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [11].
45D   Preparation of financial reports
s 45D, hdg: Ins 1985 No 159, Sch 1 (8). Am 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [20].
(1)  A Department Head shall, within the period of 6 weeks after the end of each financial year of the Department, prepare and submit—
(a)  to the Minister, and
(b)  to the Auditor-General,
a financial report for the financial year then ended.
(2)    (Repealed)
s 45D: Ins 1985 No 159, Sch 1 (8). Am 1991 No 88, Sch 4 (5) (7); 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [18].
45E   Nature of financial reports
(1)  A Department’s financial report—
(a)  is to be prepared in accordance with Australian Accounting Standards, and
(b)  is to comply with any written directions of the Treasurer as to form and content, and
(c)  is to exhibit a true and fair view of the financial position and financial performance of the Department.
(2)  Before giving a direction referred to in subsection (1) (b), the Treasurer is to consult the Auditor-General.
(3)  Such a direction may be given subject to conditions.
s 45E: Ins 1985 No 159, Sch 1 (8). Am 1990 No 118, Sch 3. Subst 1992 No 23, Sch 1 (14). Am 2005 No 64, Sch 1.30 [3]; 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [41].
45EA   Variation of requirements
(1)  If, after consulting the Auditor-General, the Treasurer is satisfied that compliance with a provision of this Act or the regulations which relates to the form or content of a financial report—
(a)  would render a financial report of a Department misleading, or
(b)  would be inappropriate to the circumstances of a Department, or
(c)  would impose unreasonable burdens on a Department,
the Treasurer may, by notice in writing, exempt the Department from compliance with the provision or declare that the provision applies to it as if omitted, or modified or varied in a specified manner.
(2)  An exemption, omission, modification or variation under this section—
(a)  may be specific or general, and
(b)  may be made in respect of a single Department or a class of them, and
(c)  may be made on such terms and conditions as the Treasurer thinks fit, and
(d)  may be revoked or varied by the Treasurer in relation to a Department by notice in writing.
s 45EA: Ins 1992 No 23, Sch 1 (14). Am 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [42] [43].
45F   Auditing etc of financial reports
(1)  The Auditor-General is to audit a Department’s financial report for a financial year within 10 weeks of its receipt by the Auditor-General.
(1A)  The Auditor-General or a person (being the Deputy Auditor-General or an auditor) authorised by the Auditor-General is to furnish an opinion—
(a)  stating that the Auditor-General has audited the financial report of the Department Head for that financial year, and
(b)  indicating whether the financial report complies with section 45E, and
(c)  setting forth any qualifications subject to which the opinion is given.
(1B)  An opinion in relation to the financial report of a Department is not to be furnished under subsection (1A) unless the Auditor-General has received a statement—
(a)  stating whether, in the opinion of the Department Head, the financial report exhibits a true and fair view of the financial position and financial performance of the Department, and
(b)  including such matters as are prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this subsection.
(1C)  The statement is to be signed by the Department Head.
(2)  Nothing in this section prevents the alteration of a Department’s financial report, with the approval of the Auditor-General, after its receipt by the Auditor-General and before its submission to the Minister.
(3)    (Repealed)
s 45F: Ins 1985 No 159, Sch 1 (8). Am 1989 No 57, Sch 2 (4); 1991 No 88, Sch 4 (10); 1992 No 23, Sch 1 (15); 2005 No 64, Sch 1.30 [4]; 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [31] [32] [44]–[46].
45G   Return of audited financial report etc to Department Head
The Auditor-General or a person authorised by the Auditor-General shall, after all the functions conferred by section 45F in relation to the financial report of a Department have been performed, submit the financial report and the opinion under that section to the Department Head for submission to the Minister.
s 45G: Ins 1985 No 159, Sch 1 (8). Subst 1989 No 57, Sch 2 (5). Am 1991 No 88, Sch 4 (11). Subst 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [47].
45H   Application for extension
(1)  A Department Head may, at any time within the period of 6 weeks after the end of the financial year of the Department, apply to the Treasurer for an extension of the period within which the Department Head is required to comply with section 45D or any requirement of that section.
(2)  An application under subsection (1) shall include detailed reasons and other relevant information in support of the application.
(3)  The Treasurer may, after consultation with the appropriate Minister and the Auditor-General, extend a period within which a Department Head is required to comply with section 45D or any requirement of that section.
(4)  Where the Treasurer extends a period within which a Department Head is required to comply with section 45D or any requirement of that section, the Department Head shall comply with that section or requirement, as the case may require, within the extended period.
s 45H: Ins 1985 No 159, Sch 1 (8).
45I   Inspection and audit of financial reports, books and records of Departments
(1)  The financial reports, books and records of financial transactions of or relating to a Department, and the records of or relating to assets of or in the custody of the Department or the liabilities of the Department, shall be inspected and audited by the Auditor-General.
(2)  The Auditor-General or a person (being the Deputy Auditor-General or an auditor) authorised by the Auditor-General shall report to the Department Head, the Minister and the Treasurer as to the result of any such inspection and audit and as to such irregularities or other matters as in the judgment of the Auditor-General or authorised person call for special notice.
(3)  Towards defraying the costs and expenses of any such inspection and audit, the Department Head shall, from funds subject to the administration of the Department Head, pay to the Auditor-General such amounts, at such times, as the Treasurer decides.
s 45I: Ins 1985 No 159, Sch 1 (8). Am 1987 No 35, Sch 1 (8); 1991 No 88, Sch 4 (15); 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [48].
Division 5 Audit and review of the Audit Office
pt 3, div 5, hdg: Am 1991 No 88, Sch 1 (5); 2004 No 91, Sch 1.27 [4].
46   Definition
In this Division, auditor means the auditor appointed for the time being by the Governor under section 47 (1).
47   Appointment and functions of auditor
(1)  The Governor may, in relation to a financial year, appoint a registered company auditor within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001 of the Commonwealth to inspect and audit the Audit Office’s financial report and the books and records relating to the administration, during the financial year, of the Audit Office.
(2)  For the purposes of subsection (1), the auditor shall have and may exercise, in relation to the Audit Office, the same functions as the Auditor-General has under this Act in relation to an audit of public money.
s 47: Am 2001 No 34, Sch 2.44; 2004 No 91, Sch 1.27 [3]; 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [49].
48   Auditing of financial report and records
(1)  The auditor shall inspect and audit the Audit Office’s financial report and the books and records relating to the administration, during the financial year in respect of which the auditor is appointed, of the Audit Office.
(2)  On completion of the audit, the auditor shall furnish an opinion in respect of the audit to the Auditor-General and shall furnish a copy of the opinion to the Treasurer.
(3)    (Repealed)
s 48: Am 1985 No 159, Sch 1 (9); 1991 No 88, Sch 4 (12); 2004 No 91, Sch 1.27 [3]; 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [50].
48A   Review of Audit Office
(1)  A review of the Audit Office is to be conducted under this section at least once every 4 years.
(2)  The review is to examine the auditing practices and standards of the Auditor-General and to determine whether the Auditor-General is complying with those practices and standards in the carrying out of the Auditor-General’s functions under this Act.
(3)  The review is to be conducted by a person (the reviewer) appointed by the Public Accounts Committee for the time being constituted under Part 4.
(4)  The reviewer—
(a)  is to be appointed on such terms and conditions and is entitled to such remuneration (if any) as are determined by the Public Accounts Committee, and
(b)  in conducting a review under this section, must comply with any directions as to the review given by the Committee.
(5)  The remuneration payable to the reviewer is to be paid from money appropriated by Parliament for the purpose.
(6)  Sections 36, 37 and 38 apply in relation to the reviewer as if references in those sections to the Auditor-General were references to the reviewer.
(7)  The reviewer is to report to the Auditor-General as to the result of any such review and as to such other matters as in the judgment of the reviewer call for special notice.
(8)  The reviewer must not make a report of a review conducted under this section unless, at least 28 days before making the report, the reviewer has given the Auditor-General a summary of findings and proposed recommendations in relation to the review.
(9)  The reviewer must include in the report any written submissions or comments made by the Auditor-General or a summary, in an agreed form, of any such submissions or comments.
(10)  The reviewer, in a report of a review under this section—
(a)  may include such information as he or she thinks desirable in relation to matters that are the subject of the review, and
(b)  must set out the reasons for opinions expressed in the report, and
(c)  may include such recommendations arising out of the review as he or she thinks fit to make.
(11)  The Auditor-General is to forward a report prepared under this section to the Public Accounts Committee within 2 months of receipt of the report.
(12)  The Chair of the Public Accounts Committee is, on receipt of such a report, to present the report to the Legislative Assembly, if the Legislative Assembly is then sitting.
(13)  If at the time at which the Chair seeks, in accordance with this section, to present the report to the Legislative Assembly the Legislative Assembly is not sitting, the Chair is to present the report to the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly to be dealt with in accordance with section 63C.
s 48A: Ins 1991 No 88, Sch 1 (6). Am 2004 No 91, Sch 1.27 [3]; 2007 No 27, Sch 1.45 [2]; 2012 No 95, Sch 1.14.
Division 6 Auditor-General’s annual report etc
pt 3, div 6, hdg: Subst 1989 No 57, Sch 1 (4).
49   Examination of consolidated financial statements and general government sector financial statements
(1)  The Auditor-General—
(a)  is to examine the consolidated financial statements and general government sector financial statements transmitted to the Auditor-General by the Treasurer in accordance with section 6 (4), and
(b)  is to prepare and sign an opinion, in relation to each of those statements, as to whether the statements are properly drawn up in accordance with this Act.
(2)  If the consolidated financial statements and general government sector financial statements are presented in a single report, the Auditor-General may prepare and sign a single opinion in relation to that report.
(3)  On or before 22 October after receiving the consolidated financial statements and general government sector financial statements from the Treasurer, the Auditor-General is to transmit the statements and the opinion or opinions prepared under this section to the Treasurer.
(4)  Nothing in this section prevents the alteration of the consolidated financial statements or general government sector financial statements, with the approval of the Auditor-General, after being received by the Auditor-General and before being transmitted to the Treasurer.
s 49: Subst 1989 No 57, Sch 1 (5). Am 1994 No 59, Sch 1 (2); 1998 No 136, Sch 1 [10]–[14]; 1999 No 37, Sch 1 [4] [5]; 2002 No 62, Sch 1 [11]–[14]; 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [51]. Subst 2008 No 48, Sch 3 [18].
50   (Repealed)
s 50: Rep 1989 No 57, Sch 1 (5).
51   Presentation of financial statements and opinions to Legislative Assembly
(1)  The Treasurer, not later than 31 October in the year following that to which the consolidated financial statements and general government sector financial statements relate, is to present those statements as audited by the Auditor-General, and the opinion or opinions of the Auditor-General as to those statements, to the Legislative Assembly.
(2)  If, at the time at which the Treasurer seeks to present the audited statements and Auditor-General’s opinion to the Legislative Assembly, the Legislative Assembly is not sitting, the Treasurer is to present the audited statements and opinion to the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly to be dealt with in accordance with section 63C.
s 51: Am 1987 No 35, Sch 1 (9); 1989 No 57, Sch 1 (6); 1991 No 88, Sch 1 (7); 1994 No 59, Sch 1 (3); 1998 No 136, Sch 1 [15]–[18]; 1999 No 37, Sch 1 [6] [7]. Subst 2002 No 62, Sch 1 [15]; 2008 No 48, Sch 3 [19].
52   Auditor-General’s reports
(1)  After examining the consolidated financial statements and general government sector financial statements transmitted to the Auditor-General by the Treasurer in accordance with section 6 (4), the Auditor-General shall prepare and sign a report that shall include full particulars in every case in which the provisions of this or any other Act or the prescribed requirements have not been carried out or adopted or have in any manner been varied or departed from and which, in the opinion of the Auditor-General, are sufficiently material to the financial position disclosed in the statements as to be brought to the attention of Parliament.
(2)  The Auditor-General shall annex or append to the report prepared under subsection (1) a copy of every case laid by the Auditor-General before the Attorney-General or the Crown Solicitor for an opinion under section 33, together with a copy of the opinion given on the case.
(3)  The Auditor-General may, in the report of the Auditor-General prepared under subsection (1) or in any special report which the Auditor-General may at any time think fit to make, recommend any plans and make any suggestions for the better collection and payment of public money, and for more effectually and economically auditing and examining the consolidated financial statements, the general government sector financial statements and the financial reports of statutory bodies to which Division 3 or 4 applies, and may report on any matter that arises from or relates to the exercise of the audit or other functions of the Auditor-General and that in the opinion of the Auditor-General should be brought to the attention of Parliament.
(4)  The Auditor-General may give a summary of the proposed report (or of the relevant part) to the Head of each authority to which it relates or which, in the opinion of the Auditor-General, has a special interest in it. The Auditor-General may include in the report any submissions or comments made by the Head of an authority or a summary, in an agreed form, of any such submissions or comments.
s 52: Subst 1989 No 57, Sch 1 (7). Am 1998 No 136, Sch 1 [19] [20]; 2001 No 90, Sch 1 [14]–[16]; 2002 No 62, Sch 1 [16] [17]; 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [8] [52]; 2008 No 48, Sch 3 [20]–[22].
52A   Auditor-General’s report to be presented to Parliament
(1)  The Auditor-General must, not later than 31 October in the year following that to which the report relates, present the report prepared under section 52 (1) to each House of Parliament, if that House is then sitting, accompanied by copies of such opinions, if any, as are directed to be annexed or appended to the Auditor-General’s report under section 52 (2).
(2)  If a House of Parliament is not sitting when the Auditor-General seeks to present a report and any copies of such opinions to it under this section, the Auditor-General is to present the report to the Clerk of the House concerned to be dealt with in accordance with section 63C.
s 52A: Ins 1989 No 57, Sch 1 (8). Am 1991 No 88, Sch 1 (7); 1994 No 59, Sch 1 (4); 1998 No 136, Sch 1 [21]; 1999 No 37, Sch 1 [8] [9]. Subst 2001 No 90, Sch 1 [17]. Am 2002 No 62, Sch 1 [18].
52B   Tabling etc of special reports
(1)  The Auditor-General is, as soon as practicable after making a special report under section 52 (3), to present the report to each House of Parliament, if that House is then sitting.
(2)  If a House of Parliament is not sitting when the Auditor-General seeks to present a report to it under this section, the Auditor-General is to present the report to the Clerk of the House concerned to be dealt with in accordance with section 63C.
s 52B: Ins 1993 No 37, Sch 2. Subst 2001 No 90, Sch 1 [17].
Division 7 Protected disclosures to Auditor-General
pt 3, div 7: Ins 2001 No 90, Sch 1 [18].
52C   Definitions
In this Division—
authority means an authority, or other body, whose financial report is subject to audit, examination or inspection by the Auditor-General under this Act or any other Act.
public official means a public official within the meaning of the Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994.
responsible Minister has the same meaning as in section 38A.
s 52C: Ins 2001 No 90, Sch 1 [18]. Am 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [53]; 2010 No 84, Sch 2.12.
52D   Complaints about waste of public money
(1)  A public official may complain to the Auditor-General that there has been a serious and substantial waste of public money by an authority or an officer of an authority.
(2)  A complaint to the Auditor-General may be made orally or in writing.
(3)  The Auditor-General may deal with the complaint—
(a)  by conducting an inspection, examination or audit under this Act into the matter, or
(b)  in such other manner as the Auditor-General considers appropriate.
ss 52D–52F: Ins 2001 No 90, Sch 1 [18].
52E   Reports by Auditor-General
(1)  The Auditor-General may, if of the opinion that it is appropriate to do so, make a report on a complaint—
(a)  to the head of the authority, except as provided by paragraphs (b) and (c), or
(b)  if the complaint relates to the conduct of the head of the authority—to the responsible Minister, or
(c)  if the complaint relates to the conduct of a Minister—to the Premier.
The Auditor-General is to give the responsible Minister and the Treasurer a copy of a report made to the head of the authority.
(2)  The Auditor-General must not make a report under this section unless, at least 28 days before making the report, the Auditor-General has given the person to whom the report is to be made a summary of the proposed report. The Auditor-General may make any such report before the expiration of that 28-day period if that person has provided to the Auditor-General any submissions or comments he or she wishes to make.
(3)  The Auditor-General is to include in a report under this section any submissions or comments made by the person or a summary, in an agreed form, of any such submissions or comments.
(4)  The Auditor-General, in a report under this section—
(a)  may include such information as he or she thinks desirable in relation to the activity the subject of the complaint, and
(b)  is to set out the reasons for opinions expressed in the report, and
(c)  may include such recommendations arising out of the complaint as the Auditor-General thinks fit to make.
(5)  The Auditor-General may include a report under this section in any other report of the Auditor-General.
ss 52D–52F: Ins 2001 No 90, Sch 1 [18].
52F   Presentation of reports to Parliament
(1)  The Auditor-General may, if of the opinion that a report on a complaint under this Division should be brought to the attention of Parliament, present the report to each House of Parliament, if that House is then sitting. The Auditor-General may include the report in any other report of the Auditor-General to the House of Parliament concerned.
(2)  If a House of Parliament is not sitting when the Auditor-General seeks to present a report to it under this section, the Auditor-General is to present the report to the Clerk of the House concerned to be dealt with in accordance with section 63C.
ss 52D–52F: Ins 2001 No 90, Sch 1 [18].
Part 4 The Public Accounts Committee
53   Definitions
In this Part—
authority of the State means—
(a)  a statutory body representing the Crown, or
(b)  a person, group of persons or body appointed, constituted or regulated by or under an Act the financial report of which is, pursuant to this Act or any other law, required or authorised to be audited by the Auditor-General or an auditor appointed under section 47 (1) or to be laid before the Legislative Assembly.
Chair means the Chair of the Committee.
Committee means the Public Accounts Committee for the time being constituted under this Part.
Deputy Chair means the Deputy Chair of the Committee.
s 53: Am 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [54]; 2007 No 27, Sch 1.45 [3].
54   Constitution of Public Accounts Committee
(1)  As soon as practicable after the commencement of the first session of each Parliament, a committee of members of the Legislative Assembly, to be known as the Public Accounts Committee, shall be appointed.
(2)  The Committee shall consist of 6 members.
(3)  The appointment of members of the Committee shall be in accordance with the practice of the Legislative Assembly with respect to the appointment of members to serve on select committees of the Legislative Assembly.
(4)  A member of the Legislative Assembly is not eligible for appointment as a member of the Committee if the member is a Minister of the Crown or a Parliamentary Secretary.
(5)  A member of the Committee ceases to hold office—
(a)  when the Legislative Assembly is dissolved or expires by the effluxion of time,
(b)  if the member becomes a Minister of the Crown or a Parliamentary Secretary,
(c)  if the member ceases to be a member of the Legislative Assembly,
(d)  if the member resigns the office by instrument in writing addressed to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, or
(e)  if the member is discharged from office by the Legislative Assembly.
(6)  The Legislative Assembly may appoint one of its members (not being a Minister of the Crown or a Parliamentary Secretary) to fill a vacancy in the office of a member of the Committee.
(7)  Any act or proceeding of the Committee is, notwithstanding that at the time when the act or proceeding was done, taken or commenced there was—
(a)  a vacancy in the office of a member of the Committee, or
(b)  any defect in the appointment, or any disqualification, of a member of the Committee,
as valid as if the vacancy, defect or disqualification did not exist and the Committee were fully and properly constituted.
s 54: Am 1999 No 16, Sch 1.3 [1].
55   Chair and Deputy Chair of Committee
(1)  There shall be a Chair and a Deputy Chair of the Committee who shall be elected by and from the members of the Committee.
(2)  A member of the Committee ceases to hold office as Chair or Deputy Chair if—
(a)  the member ceases to be a member of the Committee,
(b)  the member resigns the office by instrument in writing presented to a meeting of the Committee, or
(c)  the member is discharged from the office by the Committee.
(3)  At any time when the Chair is absent from New South Wales or is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office of Chair or there is a vacancy in that office, the Deputy Chair may exercise the functions of the Chair under this Act or under the Parliamentary Evidence Act 1901.
s 55: Am 2007 No 27, Sch 1.45 [4] [5].
56   Procedure of Committee
(1)  The procedure for the calling of meetings of the Committee and for the conduct of business at those meetings shall, subject to this Part, be as determined by the Committee.
(2)  The Clerk of the Legislative Assembly shall call the first meeting of the Committee in each Parliament in such manner as the Clerk thinks fit.
(3)  At a meeting of the Committee, 4 members constitute a quorum.
(4)  The Chair or, in the absence of the Chair, the Deputy Chair or, in the absence of both the Chair and Deputy Chair, a member of the Committee elected to chair the meeting by the members present shall preside at a meeting of the Committee.
(5)  The Deputy Chair or other member presiding at a meeting of the Committee shall, in relation to the meeting, have all the functions and powers of the Chair.
(6)  The Chair, Deputy Chair or other member presiding at a meeting of the Committee shall have a deliberative vote and, in the event of an equality of votes, shall also have a casting vote.
(7)  A question arising at a meeting of the Committee shall be determined by a majority of the votes of the members present and voting.
(8)  The Committee may sit and transact business notwithstanding any prorogation or adjournment of the Legislative Assembly.
(9)  The Committee may sit and transact business on a sitting day of the Legislative Assembly during the time of the sitting.
s 56: Am 1991 No 94, Sch 1; 1999 No 16, Sch 1.3 [2]; 2007 No 27, Sch 1.45 [4]–[6].
57   Functions of Committee
(1)  The functions of the Committee are—
(a)  to examine the consolidated financial statements and general government sector financial statements transmitted to the Legislative Assembly by the Treasurer,
(b)  to examine the financial reports of authorities of the State, being financial reports that have been—
(i)  audited by the Auditor-General or an auditor appointed under section 47 (1), or
(ii)  laid before the Legislative Assembly by a Minister of the Crown,
(c)  to examine the opinion or any report of the Auditor-General transmitted with the consolidated financial statements and general government sector financial statements or laid before the Legislative Assembly with the financial report of an authority of the State (including any documents annexed or appended to any such opinion or report),
(c1)  to examine any report of the Auditor-General laid before the Legislative Assembly,
(d)  to report to the Legislative Assembly from time to time upon any item in, or any circumstances connected with, those financial reports, reports or documents which the Committee considers ought to be brought to the notice of the Legislative Assembly,
(e)  to report to the Legislative Assembly from time to time any alteration which the Committee thinks desirable in the form of those financial reports or in the method of keeping them or in the method of receipt, expenditure or control of money relating to those financial reports,
(f)  to inquire into, and report to the Legislative Assembly upon, any question in connection with those financial reports which is referred to it by the Legislative Assembly, a Minister of the Crown or the Auditor-General, and
(g)  to inquire into expenditure by a Minister of the Crown made without Parliamentary sanction or appropriation or otherwise than in accordance with the provisions of this Act or any other Act and report to the Legislative Assembly from time to time upon any matter connected with that expenditure which the Committee considers ought to be brought to the notice of the Legislative Assembly.
(2)  The functions of the Committee extend to an examination of, inquiry into or report upon a matter of Government policy if and only if the matter has been specifically referred to the Committee under subsection (1) (f) by the Legislative Assembly or a Minister of the Crown.
(3)  The functions of the Committee do not extend to an examination of, inquiry into or report upon the estimates of any proposed expenditure by the State or by an authority of the State.
(4)  If, at the time at which the Committee seeks to report to the Legislative Assembly in accordance with subsection (1), the Legislative Assembly is not sitting, the Committee shall present its report to the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly to be dealt with in accordance with section 63C.
(5)    (Repealed)
s 57: Am 1989 No 57, Sch 1 (9); 1991 No 88, Sch 1 (7); 2002 No 62, Sch 1 [8]; 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [8] [55]; 2008 No 48, Sch 3 [23].
57A   Power to veto proposed appointment of Auditor-General
(1)  The Treasurer is to refer a proposal to appoint a person as Auditor-General to the Committee and the Committee is empowered to veto the proposed appointment as provided by this section. The Treasurer may withdraw a referral at any time.
(2)  The Committee has 14 days after the proposed appointment is referred to it to veto the proposal and has a further 30 days (after the initial 14 days) to veto the proposal if it notifies the Treasurer within that 14 days that it requires more time to consider the matter.
(3)  The Committee is to notify the Treasurer, within the time that it has to veto a proposed appointment, whether or not it vetoes it.
(4)  A referral or notification under this section is to be in writing.
s 57A: Ins 1992 No 43, Sch 1.
58   Evidence
(1)  Subject to this section, the Committee shall take all evidence in public.
(2)  Where, in the opinion of the Committee, any evidence proposed to be given before, or the whole or a part of a document produced or proposed to be produced in evidence to, the Committee relates to a secret or confidential matter, the Committee may, and at the request of the witness giving the evidence or producing the document shall—
(a)  take the evidence in private, or
(b)  direct that the document, or the part of the document, be treated as confidential.
(2A)  If any evidence proposed to be given before, or the whole or a part of a document produced or proposed to be produced in evidence to, the Committee relates to the proposed appointment of a person as Auditor-General, the Committee must (despite any other provision of this section)—
(a)  take the evidence in private, or
(b)  direct that the document, or the part of the document, be treated as confidential.
(2B)  Despite any other provision of this section except subsection (7), the Committee must not, and a person (including a member of the Committee) must not, disclose any evidence or the contents of a document or that part of a document to which subsection (2A) applies.
Maximum penalty—20 penalty units or imprisonment for 3 months, or both.
(2C)  Despite any other provision of this section except subsection (7), the Committee (including a member of the Committee) must not, and any person assisting the Committee or present during the deliberations of the Committee must not, except in accordance with section 57A (3), disclose whether or not the Committee or any member of the Committee has vetoed, or proposes to veto, the proposed appointment of a person as Auditor-General.
Maximum penalty—20 penalty units or imprisonment for 3 months, or both.
(3)  Where a direction under subsection (2) is applicable in respect of a document, or a part of a document, produced in evidence to the Committee, the contents of the document or part shall, for the purposes of this section, be deemed to be evidence given by the person producing the document and taken by the Committee in private.
(4)  Where, at the request of a witness, evidence is taken by the Committee in private—
(a)  the Committee shall not, without the consent in writing of the witness, and
(b)  a person (including a member of the Committee) shall not, without the consent in writing of the witness and the authority of the Committee under subsection (6),
disclose or publish the whole or a part of that evidence.
Maximum penalty—20 penalty units or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months.
(5)  Where evidence is taken by the Committee in private otherwise than at the request of a witness, a person (including a member of the Committee) shall not, without the authority of the Committee under subsection (6), disclose or publish the whole or a part of that evidence.
Maximum penalty—20 penalty units or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months.
(6)  The Committee may, in its discretion, disclose or publish or, by writing under the hand of the Chair, authorise the disclosure or publication of evidence taken in private by the Committee, but this subsection does not operate so as to affect the necessity for the consent of a witness under subsection (4).
(7)  Nothing in this section prohibits—
(a)  the disclosure or publication of evidence that has already been lawfully published, or
(b)  the disclosure or publication by a person of a matter of which the person has become aware otherwise than by reason, directly or indirectly, of the giving of evidence before the Committee.
(8)  This section has effect notwithstanding section 4 of the Parliamentary Papers (Supplementary Provisions) Act 1975.
(9)  If evidence taken by the Committee in private is disclosed or published in accordance with this section, sections 5 and 6 of the Parliamentary Papers (Supplementary Provisions) Act 1975 apply to and in relation to the disclosure or publication as if it were a publication of that evidence under the authority of section 4 of that Act.
Note—
The Defamation Act 2005 makes provision for 2 defences in respect of the publication of defamatory matter that is contained in evidence taken by, or documents produced to, the Committee in private, but only if the evidence or documents have been disclosed or published in accordance with this section.
Section 28 of the Defamation Act 2005 (when read with clause 8 of Schedule 2 to that Act) ensures that such documents attract the defence relating to public documents in defamation proceedings.
Section 29 of the Defamation Act 2005 (when read with clause 17 of Schedule 3 to that Act) ensures that proceedings in which such evidence is taken or documents produced attract the defences relating to fair reports of proceedings of public concern in defamation proceedings.
(10)  Where the Committee as constituted at any time has taken evidence in relation to a matter but the Committee as so constituted has ceased to exist before reporting on the matter, the Committee as constituted at any subsequent time, whether during the same or another Parliament, may consider that evidence as if it had taken that evidence.
(11)  The production of documents to the Committee shall be in accordance with the practice of the Legislative Assembly with respect to the production of documents to select committees of the Legislative Assembly.
s 58: Am 1992 No 43, Sch 1; 1992 No 112, Sch 1; 2005 No 77, Sch 6.15; 2007 No 27, Sch 1.45 [4].
s 58, note: Ins 2005 No 77, Sch 6.15.
Part 4A
58A–58E  (Repealed)
pt 4A (ss 58A–58E): Ins 2005 No 51, Sch 5 [1]. Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [37].
Part 5 Miscellaneous
59   Form of books, records etc
(1)  A book or record that is required by this Act or the prescribed requirements to be kept or prepared may be kept or prepared—
(a)  by making entries in a bound or looseleaf book,
(b)  by recording or storing the matters concerned by means of a mechanical, electronic or other device, or
(c)  in any other manner approved by the Treasurer.
(2)  Subsection (1) does not authorise a book or record to be kept or prepared by a mechanical, electronic or other device unless—
(a)  the matters recorded or stored will be capable, at any time, of being reproduced in a written form or another form approved by the Treasurer, or
(b)  a reproduction of those matters is kept in a written form approved by the Treasurer.
(3)  An authority shall take all reasonable precautions, including such precautions (if any) as are specified in the prescribed requirements, for guarding against damage to, destruction of or falsification of or in, and for discovery of falsification of or in, any book or record or part of a book or record required by this Act or the prescribed requirements to be kept or prepared by the authority.
(4)  Where an authority records or stores any matters by means of a mechanical, electronic or other device, any duty imposed by this Act or the prescribed requirements to make a book or record containing those matters available for inspection or to provide copies of the whole or part of a book or record containing those matters shall be construed as a duty to make the matters available for inspection in written form or to provide a document containing a clear reproduction in writing of the whole or part of them, as the case may be.
(5)  A writing that purports to reproduce matters recorded or stored by means of a mechanical, electronic or other device shall, unless the contrary is established, be deemed to be a reproduction of those matters.
s 59: Am 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [56].
59A, 59B   (Repealed)
s 59A: Ins 1985 No 97, sec 2. Am 1987 No 35, Sch 1 (10); 1987 No 209, Sch 28; 1989 No 193, Sch 1 (2). Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [40].
s 59B: Ins 1987 No 35, Sch 1 (11). Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [41].
60   Recovery of money and value of property
(1)  Where there occurs a loss of or deficiency in—
(a)  public money or other money that has been advanced to an officer of an authority, or
(b)  public money or other money while that money is under the control of an officer of an authority,
that loss or deficiency shall be a debt due to the Crown or the authority, as the case may require, and may be recovered from the officer in a court of competent jurisdiction.
(2)  Where an officer of an authority defends an action brought under subsection (1), the plaintiff is entitled to judgment if, in the absence of proof to the contrary, the plaintiff proves—
(a)  that the defendant was an officer of the authority,
(b)  that the money the subject of the action was under the control of the defendant, and
(c)  that the defendant converted the money to the defendant’s own use or was guilty, by act or omission, of culpable negligence or misconduct in relation to the control the defendant exercised over the money.
(3)  Where loss or destruction of or damage to public property or other property occurs while the property is in the care of an authority, the value of the property lost or destroyed or, as the case may be, the cost of replacing or repairing the damage to that property shall be a debt due to the Crown or the authority, as the case may require, and may be recovered in a court of competent jurisdiction by action brought against—
(a)  the officer of the authority in whose care the property was at the material time, or
(b)  another officer of the authority who by culpable negligence or misconduct caused or contributed to the loss or destruction of or damage to the property.
(4)  Where an officer of an authority defends an action brought under subsection (3), the plaintiff is entitled to judgment if, in the absence of proof to the contrary, the plaintiff proves—
(a)  that the defendant was an officer of the authority, and
(b)  that the defendant converted the property the subject of the action to the defendant’s own use or by culpable negligence or misconduct caused or contributed to the loss or destruction of or damage to the property.
(5)  Where the negligence or misconduct of an officer of an authority was not the sole cause of the loss or destruction of or damage to the property the subject of an action under subsection (3), the Crown or the authority, as the case may require, may recover from the officer so much only of the cost of, or the cost of replacing or repairing, the loss, destruction or damage as is just and equitable having regard to the contribution made by the officer to that loss, destruction or damage as determined by the court.
(6)  In this section a reference to an officer of an authority includes a reference to a person who has been such an officer.
(7)  For the purposes of this section—
(a)  public money or other money shall be taken to be under the control of an officer of an authority if the money has been collected or received by or has come into the custody of the officer but has not been paid to another person or to the credit of an account with a bank, building society or credit union as required by the provisions of this Act or the prescribed requirements, and
(b)  public property or other property shall be taken to be in the care of an officer of an authority if the property—
(i)  has been delivered to the officer, and
(ii)  has not been returned to a person or delivered to another person entitled to receive it on behalf of the Crown or the authority, as the case may require.
(8)  The provisions of this section do not affect a right of the Crown or an authority to recover an amount from an officer of an authority otherwise than under this section but the Crown or the authority, as the case may require, shall not recover amounts from the one officer both under this section and otherwise than under this section, in respect of the same loss, deficiency, destruction or damage.
s 60: Am 1996 No 24, Sch 1.
61   Misappropriation of money or property
(1)  An officer of an authority shall not—
(a)  misapply, improperly dispose of or improperly use, any public money, other money, public property or other property, or
(b)  pay any public money or other money into an account other than the account into which the money is required to be paid.
(2)  An officer of an authority shall not wilfully and unlawfully damage or destroy any public property or other property.
(3)  In a prosecution for an offence against subsection (1) (a), it is not necessary to prove the misapplication, improper disposal or improper use of any specific sum of money or property if there is proof of a general deficiency on the examination of the books, records or entries kept or made by the defendant or otherwise and the court or jury is satisfied that the defendant misapplied, improperly disposed of or improperly used all or any of the deficient money or all or any of the deficient property.
s 61: Am 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [57].
61A   (Repealed)
s 61A: Ins 2002 No 117, Sch 1. Rep 2006 No 89, sec 18.
62   Offences—generally
A person who contravenes or fails to comply with any provision of this Act or the prescribed requirements is guilty of an offence and liable, where a penalty is not otherwise expressly provided, to a penalty not exceeding 20 penalty units.
s 62: Am 1992 No 112, Sch 1.
63   Proceedings for offences
(1)  Proceedings for an offence against a provision of this Act or the prescribed requirements shall be disposed of in the Local Court.
(2)  A penalty incurred under this Act or the prescribed requirements, when paid or recovered, shall be paid into the Consolidated Fund.
s 63: Am 1999 No 31, Sch 4.76; 2007 No 94, Sch 4.
63A   Reference of matters to Public Accounts Committee
(1)  In this section—
Public Accounts Committee means the Public Accounts Committee for the time being constituted under Part 4.
statutory body means a statutory body to which Division 3 of Part 3 applies.
(2)  The Treasurer may refer any matter relating to the financial report of a statutory body to the Public Accounts Committee for examination and report to the Treasurer.
(3)  The Treasurer shall refer to the Public Accounts Committee for examination and report to the Treasurer any proposal to amend Division 3 of Part 3 or make a regulation relating to the financial report of a statutory body, other than a proposal made by the Public Accounts Committee.
(4)  Nothing in subsection (3) requires the Treasurer to refer a proposal to the Public Accounts Committee if, at the time the Treasurer formulates or receives the proposal—
(a)  no members have been appointed to the Committee, or
(b)  the members of the Committee have ceased to hold office.
(5)  Nothing in subsection (2) or (3) prevents the Public Accounts Committee, after the Committee has reported to the Treasurer, from reporting to the Legislative Assembly on any matter referred to it by the Treasurer under subsection (2) or (3).
(6)  The provisions of section 57 (4) apply to and in respect of a report under subsection (5) in the same way as those provisions apply to and in respect of a report in accordance with section 57 (1).
s 63A: Ins 1984 No 88, Sch 1 (9). Am 1985 No 159, Sch 1 (10); 1991 No 88, Sch 1 (8); 2005 No 98, Sch 1.17 [58].
63B   (Repealed)
s 63B: Ins 1988 No 19, Sch 1 (3). Am 1991 No 88, Sch 1 (11). Subst 1992 No 23, Sch 1 (16). Rep 2018 No 70, Sch 2 [47].
63C   Documents presented to Clerk of House of Parliament
A document which is presented to the Clerk of a House of Parliament in accordance with a provision of this Act—
(a)  is, on presentation and for all purposes, taken to have been laid before the House, and
(b)  is to be printed by authority of the Clerk of the House, and
(c)  is, for all purposes, taken to be a document published by order or under the authority of the House, and
(d)  is to be recorded—
(i)  in the case of the Legislative Council, in the Minutes of the Proceedings of the Legislative Council, and
(ii)  in the case of the Legislative Assembly, in the Votes and Proceedings of the Legislative Assembly,
on the first sitting day of the House after receipt of the report by the Clerk.
s 63C: Ins 1991 No 88, Sch 1 (9). Subst 2001 No 90, Sch 1 [19].
63D   Personal liability
(1)  A matter or thing done or omitted to be done by the Auditor-General or a member of staff of the Audit Office does not, if the matter or thing was done or omitted to be done in good faith for the purpose of executing this or any other Act, subject the Auditor-General or member personally to any action, liability, claim or demand.
(2)  For the purpose of determining whether the Crown is vicariously liable for any matter or thing done or omitted to be done by the Auditor-General or a member of staff of the Audit Office, it is declared for the avoidance of doubt that the Auditor-General and any such member is in the service of the Crown.
s 63D: Ins 1991 No 88, Sch 1 (10). Am 2001 No 90, Sch 1 [20]; 2004 No 91, Sch 1.27 [5].
63E   Delegation of Treasurer’s functions
(1)  The Treasurer may delegate to an authorised person any of the functions of the Treasurer under this Act, other than this power of delegation.
(2)  A delegate may sub-delegate to an authorised person any function delegated by the Treasurer under this section if the delegate is authorised in writing to do so by the Treasurer.
(3)  In this section, authorised person means a member of the staff of the Treasury or a person of a class prescribed by the regulations or approved by the Treasurer.
s 63E: Ins 1992 No 23, Sch 1 (17).
63F   Status of Workers Compensation Insurance Fund
The Workers Compensation Insurance Fund established under the Workers Compensation Act 1987 (including the assets and liabilities of that Fund)—
(a)  is not an entity under the control of the New South Wales Government for the purposes of the preparation of the consolidated financial statements under this Act, and
(b)  is not part of the general government sector for the purposes of this Act or the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2012.
s 63F: Ins 2003 No 81, Sch 3.2. Am 2005 No 41, Sch 1 [3]. Subst 2008 No 48, Sch 3 [24]. Am 2012 No 58, Sch 1 [2].
63G   Oversight of electricity industry restructuring
(1)  Schedule 1A has effect.
(2)  Expressions used in Schedule 1A have the same meanings as in the Bill for the Electricity Industry Restructuring Act 2008 as introduced in the Legislative Assembly on 4 June 2008.
s 63G: Ins 2008 No 32, Sch 1 [1].
64   Regulations
(1)  The Governor may make regulations, not inconsistent with this Act, for or with respect to any matter that by this Act is required or permitted to be prescribed or that is necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.
(1A)  Without limiting subsection (1), a regulation may shorten the time for compliance with a provision of section 6 (4), 41A (1) or (2), 41C (1) or (1A), 45D (1), 45F (1), 49 (2), 51 (1) or 52A (1), despite the provision.
(2)  A provision of a regulation may—
(a)  apply generally or be limited in its application by reference to specified exceptions or factors,
(b)  apply differently according to different factors of a specified kind, or
(c)  authorise any matter or thing to be from time to time determined, applied or regulated by any specified person, group of persons or body,
or may do any combination of those things.
s 64: Am 1999 No 37, Sch 1 [10].
65   Savings, transitional and other provisions
Schedule 4 has effect.
s 65: Ins 2001 No 90, Sch 1 [21].
Schedule 1 The Auditor-General
(Section 28 (2))
Part 1 Appointment and terms of office
1   (Repealed)
1A   Auditor-General to continue in office
The person holding office as Auditor-General immediately before the commencement of Schedule 2 (1) to the Public Finance and Audit (Auditor-General) Amendment Act 1991
(a)  is, on that commencement, taken to be appointed to that office, in accordance with section 28 (1), for a term expiring 7 years from that commencement or when the person attains the age of 65 years, whichever occurs first, and
(b)  is not eligible for re-appointment, including re-appointment after the end of that term.
2   Disabilities
(1)  The Auditor-General shall not, during continuance in office as Auditor-General, be capable of being a member of the Executive Council or of the Parliament of the Commonwealth or of a State of the Commonwealth.
(2)  The Auditor-General is not to hold any other position in the public sector during his or her term of office as Auditor-General or after the expiration of that term, except with the consent of the Governor.
3   (Repealed)
4   Auditor-General a statutory officer and not Public Service employee
The office of Auditor-General is a statutory office and the provisions of the Government Sector Employment Act 2013 relating to the employment of Public Service employees do not apply to that office.
4A   Resignation of Auditor-General
The office of Auditor-General becomes vacant if the Auditor-General resigns the office by instrument in writing addressed to the Governor.
5   Removal from office
The Governor may remove the Auditor-General from office upon the address of both Houses of the Legislature.
6   Suspension from office
(1)  The Governor may suspend the Auditor-General from office—
(a)  for misbehaviour,
(b)  for incapacity,
(c)  if the Auditor-General directly or indirectly engages in any paid employment outside the duties of the office of Auditor-General, or in any trade or business,
(d)  if the Auditor-General becomes bankrupt, applies to take the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors, compounds with his or her creditors or makes an assignment of his or her remuneration for their benefit, or
(e)  if the Auditor-General is absent from duty for a period in excess of his or her leave entitlement as approved by the Governor unless the absence is caused by illness or other unavoidable cause.
(2)  The Minister shall lay or cause to be laid before each House of Parliament, within 7 sitting days of that House after the Auditor-General has been suspended from office, a full statement of the grounds for the suspension.
(3)  The suspension shall be lifted unless each House of Parliament, within 21 sitting days from the time when the statement was laid before it, declares by resolution that the Auditor-General ought to be removed from office.
(4)  If each House does so declare within that period, the Auditor-General shall be removed from office by the Governor.
(5)  For the purposes of this section, sitting days shall be counted whether or not they occur in the same session.
7   Preservation of rights of Auditor-General previously public servant etc
(1)  In this clause—
statutory body means any body declared under subclause (6) to be a statutory body for the purposes of this clause.
superannuation scheme means a scheme, fund or arrangement under which any superannuation or retirement benefits are provided and which is established by or under any Act.
(2)  Subject to subclause (3) and to the terms of appointment, where the Auditor-General was, immediately before being appointed as Auditor-General—
(a)  an officer of the Public Service or the Teaching Service,
(b)  a contributor to a superannuation scheme,
(c)  an officer employed by a statutory body, or
(d)  a person in respect of whom provision was made by any Act for the retention of any rights accrued or accruing to the person as an officer or employee,
he or she—
(e)  shall retain any rights accrued or accruing to him or her as such an officer, contributor or person,
(f)  may continue to contribute to any superannuation scheme to which he or she was a contributor immediately before being appointed as Auditor-General, and
(g)  shall be entitled to receive any deferred or extended leave and any payment, pension or gratuity,
as if he or she had continued to be such an officer, contributor or person during his or her service as Auditor-General, and—
(h)  his or her service as Auditor-General shall be deemed to be service as an officer or employee for the purpose of any law under which those rights accrued or were accruing, under which he or she continues to contribute or by which that entitlement is conferred, and
(i)  he or she shall be deemed to be an officer or employee, and the Government of New South Wales shall be deemed to be the employer, for the purpose of the superannuation scheme to which he or she is entitled to contribute under this section.
(3)  If the Auditor-General would, but for this subclause, be entitled under subclause (2) to contribute to a superannuation scheme or to receive any payment, pension or gratuity under that scheme, he or she shall not be so entitled upon becoming (whether upon appointment as Auditor-General or at any later time while holding office as Auditor-General) a contributor to any other superannuation scheme, and the provisions of subclause (2) (i) cease to apply to or in respect of him or her and the Government of New South Wales in any case where he or she becomes a contributor to such another superannuation scheme.
(4)  Subclause (3) does not prevent the payment to the Auditor-General upon his or her ceasing to be a contributor to a superannuation scheme of such amount as would have been payable to him or her if he or she had ceased, by reason of resignation, to be an officer or employee for the purposes of that scheme.
(5)  The Auditor-General shall not, in respect of the same period of service, be entitled to claim a benefit under this Act and another Act.
(6)  The Governor may, by proclamation published in the Gazette, declare any body constituted by or under any Act to be a statutory body for the purposes of this clause.
Part 2 Auditor-General’s declaration
(Section 29 (1))
I,                          , do solemnly and sincerely promise and declare that, according to the best of my skill and ability, I will faithfully, impartially and truly execute the office and perform the duties of Auditor-General according to law.
 

(Signature)
sch 1: Am 1986 No 16, Sch 23; 1991 No 88, Sch 2 (2); 1991 No 94, Sch 1; 2004 No 114, Sch 2.17 [3]; 2014 No 33, Sch 3.26 [6].
Schedule 1A Oversight of electricity industry restructuring
(Section 63G)
1   Review of Government’s overall program for restructuring
(1)  The Auditor-General is to review and report to Parliament on the Government’s overall program for the authorised restructuring.
(2)  The review is to be a review of the following—
(a)  the appropriateness of the Government’s strategy for the transfer of assets to the private sector for maximising financial value for taxpayers, taking into account the following—
(i)  the proposed method of effecting transactions,
(ii)  the proposed timing of transactions, including the impact of external factors,
(iii)  any contingent liabilities that will accrue to the State,
(iv)  the impact of the proposed national emissions trading scheme (including current hedging and coal contracts of State electricity corporations),
(v)  the sale price of the assets that is reasonably expected having regard to professional advice and the Government’s preliminary estimates,
(vi)  the impact of increased debt over the past 5 years in relation to the assets,
(vii)  any relevant Commonwealth legislation regarding competition or foreign ownership,
(viii)  any other factors that may impact on the potential sale price of the assets,
(b)  the financial impact of the proposed community safety net proposed for the authorised restructuring, in particular the protections for workers, pensioners and low-income earners, including an assessment of the consistency of those benefits with previous transactions involving the transfer of assets to the private sector.
(3)  The review of the appropriateness of the Government’s strategy for the transfer of assets to the private sector is to be conducted on the basis of a statement of that strategy as provided to the Auditor-General by the Treasurer for the purposes of the review.
2   Report to Parliament
(1)  The Auditor-General is to report to each House of Parliament on the results of the review conducted by the Auditor-General under this Schedule as soon as practicable after the review is completed.
(2)  If a House of Parliament is not sitting when the Auditor-General seeks to present the report, the Auditor-General is to present the report to the Clerk of the House concerned.
3   Supplementary powers
(1)  The Treasurer is to ensure that the Auditor-General has access to such information and resources as may be necessary to enable the Auditor-General to exercise the functions conferred by this Schedule.
(2)  For the purposes of this Schedule, the Auditor-General may—
(a)  exercise investigatory powers conferred on the Auditor-General under this Act, and
(b)  engage any person or body with financial expertise to examine arrangements made or proposed for the purposes of the authorised restructuring and to advise the Auditor-General on those arrangements.
(3)  The functions conferred by this Schedule are in addition to, and do not derogate from, any other function of the Auditor-General.
sch 1A: Ins 2008 No 32, Sch 1 [2].
Schedule 2 Statutory bodies
(Section 39 (1))
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Council
Aboriginal Housing Office
Agricultural industry services committee constituted by the Agricultural Industry Services Act 1998
Art Gallery of New South Wales Trust
The Audit Office of New South Wales
Australian Museum Trust
Barangaroo Delivery Authority
Biodiversity Conservation Trust
Board of Governors of the Charles Sturt University
Board of Trustees of the Western Sydney University
Board of Surveying and Spatial Information
Building Insurers’ Guarantee Corporation
Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust
Chief Investigator of the Office of Transport Safety Investigations
Chinese Medicine Council of New South Wales
Chiropractic Council of New South Wales
Cobar Water Board
A Corporation constituted by the Electricity Retained Interest Corporations Act 2015
A corporation constituted under the Growth Centres (Development Corporations) Act 1974
Council of the Macquarie University
Council of the Southern Cross University
Council of the University of New England
Council of the University of New South Wales
Council of the University of Newcastle
Council of the University of Technology Sydney
Council of the University of Wollongong
Dams Safety NSW
Dental Council of New South Wales
Destination NSW
Environment Protection Authority
Environmental Trust
Greater Sydney Commission
Health Care Complaints Commission
Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales
Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority
Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal
Infrastructure NSW
Insurance and Care NSW
Jenolan Caves Reserve Trust
Legal Aid Commission of New South Wales
Legal Profession Admission Board constituted under the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014
Liability Management Ministerial Corporation
Library Council of New South Wales
Lifetime Care and Support Authority of New South Wales
Local Land Services
Long Service Corporation
Lord Howe Island Board
Luna Park Reserve Trust
Medical Council of New South Wales
Medical Radiation Practice Council of New South Wales
Mental Health Commission
Motor Vehicle Repair Industry Authority
Multicultural NSW
Natural Resources Commission
New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council
New South Wales Electoral Commission
New South Wales Government Telecommunications Authority
New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry
New South Wales Institute of Sport
New South Wales Land and Housing Corporation
New South Wales Rural Assistance Authority
New South Wales Treasury Corporation
NSW Architects Registration Board
NSW Education Standards Authority
NSW Food Authority
NSW Self Insurance Corporation
NSW Skills Board
NSW Trains
NSW Trustee and Guardian
Nursing and Midwifery Council of New South Wales
Occupational Therapy Council of New South Wales
Optometry Council of New South Wales
Osteopathy Council of New South Wales
Paramedicine Council of New South Wales
Parramatta Park Trust
Pharmacy Council of New South Wales
Physiotherapy Council of New South Wales
Place Management NSW
Podiatry Council of New South Wales
Property NSW
Psychology Council of New South Wales
Rental Bond Board
Rice Marketing Board constituted under the Rice Marketing Act 1983
Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust
SAS Trustee Corporation
Senate of the University of Sydney
Sporting Injuries Compensation Authority
State Insurance Regulatory Authority
State Rail Authority Residual Holding Corporation
State Records Authority
State Sporting Venues Authority
State Transit Authority of New South Wales
Statutory Trustees or a Statutory Trustee of a Fund within the meaning of the Technical Education Trust Funds Act 1967
Sydney Ferries
Sydney Metro
Sydney Olympic Park Authority
Sydney Opera House Trust
Sydney Trains
Teacher Housing Authority of New South Wales
Technical and Further Education Commission
Transport for NSW
Trustees of the Anzac Memorial Building
Trustees of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
Trustees of the Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Fund
Venues NSW
Veterinary Practitioners Board
Waste Assets Management Corporation
Wentworth Park Sporting Complex Trust
Western Parkland City Authority
Western Sydney Parklands Trust
Wild Dog Destruction Board
Workers Compensation (Dust Diseases) Authority
Zoological Parks Board of New South Wales.
sch 2: Am 1984 No 88, Sch 1 (10); GG No 154 of 2.11.1984, p 5426; GG No 40 of 15.2.1985, pp 707, 717; 1985 No 48, sec 2; GG No 143 of 18.10.1985, pp 5419, 5428; 1985 No 137, sec 3; 1985 No 159, Sch 1 (11); 1985 No 167, sec 3; GG No 56 of 4.4.1986, p 1486; 1986 No 16, Sch 23; GG No 73 of 2.5.1986, pp 1898, 1927; GG No 81 of 16.5.1986, p 2152; GG No 169 of 24.10.1986, pp 5192, 5193; GG No 195 of 19.12.1986, p 6186; 1986 No 175, sec 3; 1986 No 205, Sch 2; GG No 25 of 6.2.1987, pp 573, 575; 1987 No 22, sec 3; 1987 No 24, Sch 1; 1987 No 29, sec 27 (2); 1987 No 34, Sch 1; 1987 No 58, Sch 4; 1987 No 59, sec 23; 1987 No 66, sec 34; 1987 No 103, sec 51 (a); 1987 No 104, Sch 3; 1987 No 111, Sch 1; 1987 No 119, sec 21 (2); 1987 No 124, sec 35; 1987 No 127, sec 6; 1987 No 134, sec 18; GG No 136 of 28.8.1987, p 4826; GG No 167 of 30.10.1987, p 6032; 1987 No 210, sec 41; 1987 No 284, Sch 1; GG No 28 of 12.2.1988, pp 825, 836; GG No 85 of 13.5.1988, pp 2651, 2653; 1988 No 34, Sch 2; 1988 No 35, sec 120; 1988 No 50, sec 22; 1988 No 56, sec 7; 1988 No 86, sec 25; 1988 No 90, Sch 2; 1988 No 103, Sch 1; 1988 No 109, sec 35ZL (am 2006 No 5, Sch 1 [3]); 1988 No 114, Sch 4; 1988 No 132, Sch 2; GG No 18 of 3.2.1989, pp 780, 787; GG No 34 of 23.3.1989, p 1518; GG No 55 of 5.5.1989, p 2634; 1989 No 34, Sch 1; 1989 No 65, Sch 1; 1989 No 98, Sch 1; GG No 78 of 23.6.1989, pp 3619, 3620; GG No 88 of 11.8.1989, pp 5263, 5264; 1989 No 107, Sch 1; 1989 No 121, Sch 1; 1989 No 130, Sch 1; GG No 93 of 8.9.1989, p 6583; 1989 No 141, Sch 2; 1989 No 158, sec 86; 1989 No 177, sec 4; 1989 No 192, Sch 3; 1989 No 195, Sch 1; 1989 No 230, Sch 4; 1989 No 235, sec 67; GG No 41 of 23.3.1990, p 2405; GG No 74 of 8.6.1990, p 4588; 1990 No 24, sec 23; 1990 No 25, sec 20; 1990 No 26, sec 20; GG No 93 of 27.7.1990, pp 6869, 6913; GG No 111 of 7.9.1990, pp 8023, 8035; 1990 No 60, Sch 9; GG No 125 of 12.10.1990, p 9024; GG No 141 of 9.11.1990, p 9817; 1990 No 78, Sch 2; 1990 No 117, Sch 4; GG No 28 of 8.2.1991, p 1058; GG No 57 of 12.4.1991, pp 2761, 2769; GG No 62 of 26.4.1991, p 3170; 1991 No 15, Sch 4; GG No 92 of 14.6.1991, pp 4575, 4576, 4582; GG No 108 of 19.7.1991, pp 5814, 5815; GG No 114 of 9.8.1991, p 6456; 1991 No 38, Sch 2; 1991 No 45, Sch 2; 1991 No 53, Sch 1; 1991 No 60, Sch 3; 1991 No 77, Sch 2; 1991 No 96, Sch 6; GG No 30 of 28.2.1992, p 1242; 1992 No 15, Sch 4; 1992 No 20, Sch 2; 1992 No 39, Sch 4; GG No 64 of 29.5.1992, p 3609; GG No 68 of 12.6.1992, pp 3882, 3883; 1992 No 47, Sch 2; GG No 102 of 21.8.1992, p 5962; 1993 No 15, Sch 2; 1993 No 24, Sch 3; 1993 No 54, Sch 1; 1993 No 67, sec 66; 1993 No 69, sec 33 (1); 1994 No 33, Sch 2; 1994 No 37, Sch 2; GG No 106 of 19.8.1994, p 4433; GG No 115 of 9.9.1994, p 5645; GG No 143 of 21.10.1994, p 6355; 1994 No 64, Sch 3; 1994 No 85, Sch 4; 1994 No 88, Sch 7; GG No 60 of 19.5.1995, p 2463; GG No 63 of 26.5.1995, p 2692; 1995 No 10, Sch 1.6; 1995 No 13, Sch 4.24; 1995 No 18, Sch 5.17; GG No 102 of 25.8.1995, p 4357; 1995 No 43, sec 19; 1995 No 52, Sch 2.2; 1995 No 57, Sch 1.4; 1995 No 89, Sch 8.3; 1995 No 95, Sch 4.20; 1995 No 96, Sch 2.3; 1995 No 102, Sch 6.7; 1996 No 14, Sch 1; 1996 No 39, Sch 4; 1996 No 40, Schs 2.4, 3.4; 1996 No 56, Sch 2; 1996 No 77, Sch 4.2; 1996 No 85, Sch 3.4; 1996 No 90, Sch 2.9; 1996 No 121, Sch 2.21; GG No 24 of 7.3.1997, p 1359; GG No 36 of 11.4.1997, p 1895 (see also GG No 40 of 18.4.1997, p 1994); GG No 40 of 18.4.1997, p 2002; 1996 No 122, Sch 7.11; 1997 No 43, Sch 4.2; 1997 No 62, Sch 1.8; GG No 83 of 25.7.1997, pp 5682, 5683; GG No 107 of 3.10.1997, p 8347; 1997 No 116, Sch 3.1; 1997 No 124, Sch 2.2; GG No 46 of 6.3.1998, p 1185; 1998 No 8, Sch 2.7; 1998 No 17, Sch 4.3; 1998 No 45, Sch 3.6; 1998 No 47, Sch 2.6; 1998 No 68, Sch 2.11; 1998 No 82, Sch 2.3; GG No 119 of 7.8.1998, pp 6023, 6024; GG No 125 of 21.8.1998, p 6506; 1998 No 110, Sch 1.4 [1]; 1998 No 111, Sch 3.4; 1998 No 128, Sch 4.3 [1]–[3]; 1998 No 143, Sch 6.21; 1998 No 170, Schs 3.14 [1] [2], 4.8; 1998 No 171, Sch 5.2; GG No 56 of 7.5.1999, p 3049; 1999 No 5, Sch 5.5; 1999 No 14, Sch 4 [1] [2]; 1999 No 76, Sch 10; GG No 3 of 14.1.2000, p 169; 2000 No 53, Sch 2.18; GG No 85 of 7.7.2000, p 6111; GG No 137 of 13.10.2000, pp 11013, 11014; 2000 No 102, Sch 3.10; 2000 No 109, Sch 2.6; 2001 No 15, Sch 6.4; 2001 No 16, Sch 6.4; 2001 No 17, Sch 5.5; GG No 95 of 8.6.2001, p 3417 (published in error—see GG No 108 of 6.7.2001, p 5224); 2001 No 41, Sch 4.1; 2001 No 52, Sch 1.8; 2001 No 57, Sch 7.5 [1] [2]; 2001 No 58, Sch 3.7 [1] [2]; 2001 No 59, Sch 3.5; GG No 122 of 10.8.2001, p 5927; GG No 143 of 21.9.2001, p 7882; 2001 No 86, Sch 3.2; 2001 No 107, Sch 7.6; 2002 No 30, Sch 6.6; 2002 No 38, Sch 5.10; 2002 No 39, Sch 5.5; 2002 No 55, Sch 1.7; 2002 No 60, Sch 1.2; 2002 No 64, Sch 3.3; 2003 No 14, Sch 3.3; 2003 No 17, Sch 3.10; 2003 No 40, Sch 1.42; 2003 No 45, Sch 2.17; 2003 No 65, Sch 8 [1] [2]; 2003 No 82, Sch 1.28; 2003 No 87, Sch 3.22 [1] [2]; GG No 191 of 5.12.2003, p 10946; 2003 No 89, Sch 2.6; 2003 No 102, Sch 2.6; 2003 No 104, Sch 5.3; GG No 51 of 5.3.2004, p 1024; 2004 No 16, Sch 2.9 [1] [2]; 2004 No 36, Sch 3.9; 2004 No 40, Sch 3.11; 2004 No 64, Sch 2.4; GG No 120 of 16.7.2004, p 5878; GG No 126 of 30.7.2004, p 6115; 2004 No 106, Sch 2.5; 2004 No 107, Sch 3.3; 2005 No 55, Sch 4.3; 2005 No 65, Schs 2.2, 3.1; 2005 No 89, sec 20; 2005 No 91, Sch 3.8; 2005 No 97, Sch 2.5; 2005 No 115, Sch 3.6; 2006 No 40, Sch 3.3; 2006 No 58, Sch 2.41; 2006 (386), Sch 1 [1]; 2006 No 92, Sch 5.5; 2006 No 106, Sch 2.2; 2006 No 118, Sch 2.2; 2006 (711), cl 2; 2006 (777); 2007 No 22, Sch 5.9; 2007 No 54, Sch 2.2; 2007 No 62, Sch 2.4; 2007 No 92, Sch 4.14 [1] [2]; 2008 No 62, Sch 3.7; 2008 No 65, Sch 6.3 [1] [2]; 2008 No 112, Sch 6.25; 2008 No 114, Sch 3.7; 2009 (111); 2009 No 2, Sch 4.2; 2009 No 14, Sch 2; 2009 No 21, Sch 3.8; 2009 No 49, Sch 2.49 [1] [2]; 2009 (343); 2009 No 61, Sch 4.10; 2009 No 96, Sch 18 [1] [2]; 2010 No 8, Sch 6.1; 2010 No 31, Schs 2.3, 3.4, 6.3; 2010 No 34, Sch 2.42; 2010 (308), Sch 1 [1]; 2010 No 47, Sch 2.3; 2010 No 62, Sch 2.4 [1]; 2010 No 123, Sch 2.3; 2010 No 131, Sch 2.6; 2011 No 21, Sch 3.1; 2011 No 23, Sch 3.1; 2011 (381), cl 3 (1); 2011 No 41, Schs 3.3, 4.4, 5.37; 2011 No 61, Sch 2.2; 2011 No 62, Sch 2.26 [1]; 2011 No 72, Sch 5.9; 2012 No 13, Sch 3.1; 2012 No 54, Sch 3.3; 2012 (547), cl 3 (1) (2); 2012 No 95, Sch 2.27; 2012 No 96, Sch 4.33; 2013 (209), cl 3; 2013 (591), cl 3; 2013 (592), cl 3; 2013 (594), cl 3; 2013 No 75, Sch 2.6; 2013 No 99, Sch 3.2 [1] [2]; 2013 No 51, Sch 7.42; 2013 No 89, Sch 5.2 [1]; 2014 (333), cl 3; 2014 No 26, Sch 3.9; 2014 No 29, Sch 2.5; 2014 No 30, Sch 4.6; 2014 No 64, Sch 2.12; 2014 No 74, Sch 3.24; 2014 No 88, Sch 1.22; 2014 (853), cl 3; 2015 No 6, Sch 1.1; 2015 No 7, Sch 2.36; 2015 (307), cl 3 (1) (2); 2015 No 15, Schs 2.45, 4.5; 2015 No 19, Sch 15.15 [1] [2]; 2015 No 26, Sch 3.8; 2015 No 48, Sch 2.4 [1]; 2015 No 57, Sch 6.1; 2015 No 58, Sch 2.23; 2016 No 27, Schs 3, 5.8; 2016 No 50, Sch 4.3; 2016 No 63, Sch 11.8; 2017 No 4, Sch 2.3; 2017 (127), cl 3; 2017 No 12, Schs 1.14, 2.6; 2017 No 28, Sch 2.5; 2017 No 37, Sch 2.4 [1]; 2017 No 50, Sch 5.27; 2018 No 63, Sch 3.11; 2018 (657), cl 3; 2019 (261), cl 3; 2020 (284), cl 3; 2020 No 29, Sch 2.6; 2020 No 30, Sch 1.38.
Schedule 3 Departments
(Sections 45A, 45B)
Column 1
Column 2
Department
Department Head
Office of the Ageing and Disability Commissioner
Ageing and Disability Commissioner
Office of the Children’s Guardian
Children’s Guardian
Department of Communities and Justice
Secretary of the Department
Crown Solicitor’s Office
Crown Solicitor
Department of Customer Service
Secretary of the Department
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
Director of Public Prosecutions
Department of Education
Secretary of the Department
Fire and Rescue NSW
Commissioner of Fire and Rescue NSW
Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission
Chief Commissioner of the Commission
Ministry of Health
Secretary of the Ministry
Independent Commission Against Corruption
Chief Executive Officer of the Commission
Office of the Independent Planning Commission
Chairperson of the Independent Planning Commission
Information and Privacy Commission
Information Commissioner
Judicial Commission
Chief Executive of the Commission
Law Enforcement Conduct Commission
Chief Executive Officer of the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission
New South Wales Crime Commission
Commissioner for the New South Wales Crime Commission
NSW Police Force
Commissioner of Police
Office of the NSW Rural Fire Service
Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service
Office of the NSW State Emergency Service
Commissioner of the NSW State Emergency Service
Ombudsman’s Office
Ombudsman
Parliamentary Counsel’s Office
Parliamentary Counsel
Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
Secretary of the Department
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Secretary of the Department
Public Service Commission
Public Service Commissioner
Regional NSW
Secretary of the Department
Resilience NSW
Head of Resilience NSW
Service NSW
Chief Executive Officer of Service NSW
Office of Sport
Chief Executive of the Office
Department of Transport
Secretary of the Department
The Treasury
Secretary of the Treasury
sch 3: Ins 1985 No 159, Sch 1 (12). Am GG No 38 of 27.2.1987, p 1029; 1987 No 103, sec 51 (b); GG No 109 of 26.6.1987, pp 3178, 3321; GG No 167 of 30.10.1987, p 6029; GG No 28 of 12.2.1988, p 825; GG No 85 of 13.5.1988, p 2653. Subst GG No 108 of 29.6.1988, p 3429. Am 1988 No 34, Sch 2; 1988 No 46, sec 4; GG No 18 of 3.2.1989, pp 780, 787; GG No 34 of 23.3.1989, p 1524; GG No 78 of 23.6.1989, p 3613; GG No 93 of 8.9.1989, p 6583; 1989 No 164, sec 33; 1989 No 165, sec 69; 1989 No 192, Sch 3; GG No 125 of 12.10.1990, p 9021; 1990 No 78, Sch 2; 1990 No 108, Sch 1; 1990 No 118, Sch 3; GG No 57 of 12.4.1991, p 2770; GG No 92 of 14.6.1991, p 4583; GG No 108 of 19.7.1991, p 5813; GG No 114 of 9.8.1991, p 6457; 1991 No 60, Sch 3. Subst GG No 30 of 28.2.1992, p 1257. Am GG No 64 of 29.5.1992, p 3607; GG No 68 of 12.6.1992, p 3882; GG No 75 of 26.6.1992, p 4274; GG No 123 of 9.10.1992, p 7339; GG No 41 of 30.4.1993, p 1952; GG No 94 of 27.8.1993, p 4863; GG No 117 of 22.10.1993, p 6355; GG No 35 of 11.2.1994, p 603; GG No 78 of 10.6.1994, p 2759; GG No 60 of 19.5.1995, p 2463; GG No 79 of 30.6.1995, p 3436; GG No 97 of 11.8.1995, p 4117; GG No 138 of 10.11.1995, pp 7698, 7699; GG No 145 of 1.12.1995, p 8117; GG No 152 of 15.12.1995, p 8498; GG No 43 of 4.4.1996, p 1489; GG No 87 of 19.7.1996, p 4107; GG No 110 of 27.9.1996, p 6523; 1996 No 104, Sch 2.2; GG No 18 of 14.2.1997, pp 546, 547; GG No 36 of 11.4.1997, p 1895 (see also GG No 40 of 18.4.1997, p 1994); GG No 60 of 6.6.1997, p 3982; 1997 No 65, Sch 4.21; GG No 83 of 25.7.1997, p 5682; GG No 86 of 1.8.1997, p 5826; GG No 107 of 3.10.1997, p 8346; GG No 22 of 6.2.1998, p 522; GG No 46 of 6.3.1998, p 1162; GG No 104 of 3.7.1998, pp 5317, 5318; GG No 115 of 31.7.1998, p 5799; GG No 125 of 21.8.1998, pp 6505, 6507; 1998 No 110, Sch 1.4 [2]; GG No 72 of 25.6.1999, p 4083; GG No 85 of 7.7.2000, p 6111; GG No 103 of 11.8.2000, p 7406; GG No 109 of 25.8.2000, p 7905; 2000 No 77, Sch 3.6; GG No 34 of 2.2.2001, p 434; GG No 93 of 1.6.2001, p 2978; GG No 42 of 15.2.2002, p 828 (published in error—see erratum in GG No 54 of 1.3.2002, p 1231); GG No 59 of 15.3.2002, p 1606; 2002 No 42, Sch 4.8; GG No 89 of 23.5.2003, p 4837; GG No 114 of 18.7.2003, p 7260; GG No 163 of 10.10.2003, p 10011; GG No 191 of 5.12.2003, p 10946; GG No 51 of 5.3.2004, pp 998, 999; GG No 134 of 13.8.2004, pp 6452, 6453; GG No 147 of 17.9.2004, p 7532; 2005 (670); 2006 (199); 2006 (386), Sch 1 [2] [3]; 2006 No 68, Sch 19.20; 2006 No 94, Sch 3.29 [2]; 2007 (209), Sch 1 [1] [2]; 2007 No 92, Sch 4.14 [3]; 2008 (352); 2009 No 90, Sch 2.1; 2009 No 106, Sch 2.29. Subst 2010 (29), Sch 1. Am 2010 No 31, Sch 7.5; 2010 (308), Sch 1 [2] [3]; 2010 No 62, Sch 2.4 [2]; 2010 No 71, Sch 4.2; 2011 (139), cl 3; 2011 (231), Sch 1 [1] [2]; 2011 (381), cl 3 (2); 2011 (493), cl 3; 2011 No 48, Sch 2.10; 2011 No 62, Sch 2.26 [2]; 2013 (284), cl 3; 2013 (342), cl 3; 2013 (593), cl 3; 2013 No 89, Sch 5.2 [2]; 2014 (229), Sch 1 [1] [2]; 2014 (331), Sch 1 [1] [2]; 2014 (332), cl 3; 2014 No 33, Sch 2.30; 2014 No 88, Sch 2.55; 2015 (402), cl 3; 2015 (816), cl 3 (1) (2); 2016 No 61, Sch 6.38; 2016 No 65, Sch 3.9; 2017 No 13, Sch 7.9; 2017 (375), cl 3; 2017 No 37, Sch 2.4 [2]; 2018 (447), cl 3; 2019 (644), cl 3(1) (2); 2020 (259), cl 3.
Schedule 4 Savings, transitional and other provisions
(Section 65)
Part 1 Savings or transitional regulations
1   Regulations
(1)  The regulations may contain provisions of a savings or transitional nature consequent on the enactment of the following Acts—
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 2004, but only to the extent that it amends this Act
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2005, but only to the extent that it amends this Act
Regulatory Reform and Other Legislative Repeals Act 2015 (but only to the extent that it repeals the Internal Audit Bureau Act 1992 or amends this Act)
any other Act that amends this Act
(2)  Any such provision may, if the regulations so provide, take effect from the date of assent to the Act concerned or a later date.
(3)  To the extent to which any such provision takes effect from a date that is earlier than the date of its publication in the Gazette, the provision does not operate so as—
(a)  to affect, in a manner prejudicial to any person (other than the State or an authority of the State), the rights of that person existing before the date of its publication, or
(b)  to impose liabilities on any person (other than the State or an authority of the State) in respect of anything done or omitted to be done before the date of its publication.
Part 2 Provisions consequent on enactment of Public Finance and Audit Amendment (Auditor-General) Act 2001
2   Definition
In this Part—
3   Validation with respect to exercise of functions of Auditor-General
(1)  Anything done by or on behalf of the Auditor-General before the commencement of any amendment made by the Amending Act that would have been validly done if the Amending Act had been in force when it was done is, to the extent of any invalidity, validated.
(2)  In this clause, a reference to anything done includes a reference to anything omitted to be done.
4   Protection from liability of Auditor-General—application of amendment to section 63D to previous omissions
The amendment made to section 63D by the Amending Act extends to anything omitted to be done before the commencement of that amendment.
5   Existing protected disclosures
A complaint made under section 38B (1A) before the repeal of that provision by the Amending Act that has not been finally dealt with on that repeal is taken to be a complaint under Division 7 of Part 3, as inserted by the Amending Act, and may be dealt with accordingly.
6   Budget presentation for 2002–03
Sections 27A and 27AA, as inserted by the Public Finance and Audit Amendment (Budgeting and Financial Reporting) Act 2002, do not apply to the budget for the financial year commencing on 1 July 2002.
Part 4 Provisions consequent on enactment of Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 2004
7   Definitions
In this Part—
Audit Office means the Audit Office established by this Act.
executive position has the same meaning as in section 33F.
former Department means the group of staff comprising The Audit Office (as a Department of the Public Service) immediately before 1 January 2005.
8   Abolition of The Audit Office as a Department
The Department of the Public Service with the name of The Audit Office of New South Wales is abolished.
9   Transfer of staff of former Department to the Audit Office
(1)  Each person who, immediately before 1 January 2005, was a member of staff of the former Department is entitled, on that date, to be appointed to a position in the Audit Office at a salary not less than the salary which the person was paid immediately before that date.
(2)  Any such person who, pursuant to subclause (1), becomes a member of staff of the Audit Office—
(a)  retains any rights to leave (including annual leave, extended leave and sick leave) accrued or accruing to the person as a member of staff of the former Department, and
(b)  is, until such time as provision is otherwise made under any Act or law, to continue to be employed in accordance with any State industrial instrument or determination that applied to the person as a member of staff of the former Department.
10   Appointment of incumbent officers to executive positions
(1)  If a position in the Audit Office is designated by the Auditor-General, as at 1 January 2005 or on any subsequent date, as an executive position, the person (if any) holding the position is to continue to hold that position until the person or some other person is duly appointed to the position.
(2)  While the person continues to hold the position, the conditions of employment (including remuneration) of the person are to be the same as those which applied to the person immediately before the position was designated as an executive position.
(3)  The person who continues to hold the position may be appointed to the position without the vacancy being advertised.
(4)  If the person who continues to hold the position is not appointed to the position or to another executive position and the person was a member of staff of the former Department immediately before 1 January 2005, the following provisions apply—
(a)  if the person is an existing non-SES officer—the person is entitled to continue to be employed in some other position in the Audit Office at a salary not less than the person’s existing salary,
(b)  if the person is an existing SES officer who made an election, as referred to in clause 11 of Schedule 4 to the Public Sector Employment and Management Act 2002, to retain a right of return to the public sector—the person is entitled to an engagement in the public sector as provided by that clause,
(c)  if the person is an existing SES officer who did not make such an election—the person is entitled to compensation under section 78 of the Public Sector Employment and Management Act 2002 as if the person were an executive officer to whom that section applies.
(5)  In subclause (4)—
existing non-SES officer means a member of staff of the former Department who, immediately before 1 January 2005, held a position in the former Department other than a senior executive position within the meaning of the Public Sector Employment and Management Act 2002.
existing SES officer means a member of staff of the former Department who, immediately before 1 January 2005, held a senior executive position (within the meaning of the Public Sector Employment and Management Act 2002) in the former Department.
11   Position no longer designated as executive position
If a position in the Audit Office ceases to be designated as an executive position, the person (if any) holding the position continues to be employed in that position, subject to and in accordance with the relevant provisions applying to the staff (other than executive officers) of the Audit Office, for the balance of the person’s term of office.
12   Construction of certain references
A reference in any Act (other than this Act), or in any instrument made under any Act, or in any other instrument, or in any contract or agreement, to the Auditor-General’s Office or to The Audit Office (as a Department of the Public Service) is to be construed as a reference to the Audit Office.
Part 5 Provisions consequent on enactment of State Revenue Legislation Amendment Act 2005
13   Validation for tax-equivalent payments
(1)  Anything done or omitted to be done that would have been validly done or omitted if Part 4A of this Act, and section 5 of the Taxation Administration Act 1996, as inserted by the State Revenue Legislation Amendment Act 2005 had been in force at the time that it was done or omitted is validated.
(2)  Any direction given by, or nomination made by, the Treasurer before the commencement of this clause that could have been given or made under Part 4A, had that Part been in force at the time that it was given or made, is taken to have been given or made under that Part.
(3)  Any determination made by the Chief Commissioner of State Revenue before the commencement of this clause in respect of the liability of a statutory body to make payments under the State tax-equivalent regime that could have been made under Part 4A, had that Part been in force at the time that it was made, is taken to have been made under that Part.
Part 6 Provisions consequent on enactment of State Revenue and Other Legislation Amendment (Budget) Act 2008
14   Application of amendments
(1)  The amendments made to this Act by the State Revenue and Other Legislation Amendment (Budget) Act 2008 apply only in respect of the Budget Papers, consolidated financial statements and general government sector financial statements for the financial year commencing on 1 July 2008 and the following financial years.
(2)  This Act, as in force immediately before the amendments made by the State Revenue and Other Legislation Amendment (Budget) Act 2008, continues to apply in respect of the Total State Sector Accounts for the financial year commencing 1 July 2007.
(3)  The amendments made to section 8 of this Act by the State Revenue and Other Legislation Amendment (Budget) Act 2008 do not apply in respect of a monthly statement referred to in that section for a month before July 2008.
Part 7 Provision consequent on enactment of Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013
15   Term of appointment of Auditor-General
The amendment made to section 28 by the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013 does not apply in respect of an appointment made before the commencement of that amendment.
16   Definitions
In this Part—
assets means any legal or equitable estate or interest (whether present or future, whether vested or contingent and whether personal or assignable) in real or personal property of any description (including money), and includes securities, choses in action and documents.
dissolution day means the day on which the Internal Audit Bureau Act 1992 is repealed.
IAB means the Internal Audit Bureau of New South Wales constituted by the Internal Audit Bureau Act 1992, as in force immediately before its repeal by the Regulatory Reform and Other Legislative Repeals Act 2015.
instrument means an instrument (other than this Act or an instrument made under this Act) or any other document that creates, modifies or extinguishes rights or liabilities (or would do so if lodged, filed or registered in accordance with any law), and includes any judgment, order, process or other instrument issued by a court or tribunal.
liabilities means any liabilities, debts or obligations (whether present or future, whether vested or contingent and whether personal or assignable).
rights means any rights, powers, privileges or immunities (whether present or future, whether vested or contingent and whether personal or assignable).
17   Dissolution of Internal Audit Bureau
IAB is dissolved on the dissolution day.
18   Transfer of assets, rights and liabilities
(1)  On the dissolution day, any assets, rights and liabilities of IAB immediately before its dissolution by this Part are transferred to the Crown.
(2)  On and from the dissolution day, the following provisions have effect in relation to the transfer—
(a)  the transferred assets vest in the Crown by virtue of this clause without the need for any further conveyance, transfer, assignment or assurance,
(b)  the transferred rights and liabilities become, by virtue of this clause, the rights and liabilities of the Crown,
(c)  all proceedings relating to the transferred assets, rights or liabilities commenced before the dissolution day by or against IAB pending immediately before the dissolution day are taken to be proceedings pending by or against the Crown,
(d)  any act, matter or thing done or omitted to be done in relation to the transferred assets, rights or liabilities before the dissolution day by, to or in respect of IAB is (to the extent to which that act, matter or thing has any force or effect) taken to have been done or omitted by, to or in respect of the Crown,
(e)  the Crown has all the entitlements and obligations of IAB in relation to the transferred assets, rights and liabilities that IAB would have had but for the dissolution of IAB, whether or not those entitlements and obligations were actual or potential at the time the dissolution took effect.
19   Internal Audit Bureau of New South Wales Fund
On the dissolution day—
(a)  the Internal Audit Bureau of New South Wales Fund in the Special Deposits Account is closed, and
(b)  any balance standing to the credit of the Fund is transferred to the Crown.
20   Board of Management members to vacate office
A person who, immediately before the dissolution day, held office as a member of the Board of Management established under section 6 of the Internal Audit Bureau Act 1992
(a)  ceases to hold that office on the dissolution day, and
(b)  is not entitled to any remuneration or compensation because of the loss of that office.
21   Chief Executive of Internal Audit Bureau
The person who, immediately before the dissolution day, held office as the Chief Executive of IAB or as acting Chief Executive—
(a)  ceases to hold that office on the dissolution day, and
(b)  is not entitled to any remuneration or compensation because of the loss of that office.
22   Other staff
(1)  On the dissolution day, the staff of IAB are transferred to The Treasury.
(2)  A transfer under this clause does not require the consent of the person transferred.
(3)  A person who is transferred under this clause is (until other provision is duly made under any Act or law) to be employed in accordance with any relevant statutory provisions, awards, agreements and determinations that would have applied to the person had the person remained a member of staff of IAB.
23   Effect of this Part on contracts, instruments and other matters
The operation of this Part is not to be regarded as—
(a)  a breach of contract, trust or confidence or otherwise as a civil wrong, or
(b)  a breach of any contractual provision prohibiting, restricting or regulating the assignment or transfer of assets, rights or liabilities, or
(c)  giving rise to any remedy by a party to an instrument, or as causing or permitting the termination of, or exercise of rights under, any instrument, or
(d)  an event of default under any contract or other instrument.
24   Final annual report
The annual report for the year ending 30 June 2016 may be included in the annual report of The Treasury for that year.
25   References to Internal Audit Bureau
Subject to the regulations, a reference in any other Act or instrument made under any other Act or in any instrument of any kind to IAB is (to the extent that it relates to the assets, rights and liabilities transferred to the Crown) to be read on and from the dissolution day as being a reference to the Crown.
sch 4: Ins 2001 No 90, Sch 1 [22]. Am 2002 No 62, Sch 1 [19] [20]; 2004 No 91, Sch 1.27 [6]–[8]; 2005 No 51, Sch 5 [2] [3]; 2005 No 64, Sch 1.30 [5]; 2006 No 50, Sch 6.5 [7]; 2008 No 48, Sch 3 [25] [26]; 2013 No 47, Sch 1.22 [2]; 2015 No 48, Sch 2.4 [2] [3].