Productivity measurement rethink in NSW to be led by Treasury

NSW Treasury will soon help agencies improve productivity and efficiency reporting, but the Department of Education and Communities has pushed back on narrow audit office productivity measures.

Government agencies need to improve their tracking and reporting of productivity to help improve performance — and the New South Wales Treasury is going to help them do so by improving the guidance provided to agencies on performance and outcomes.

Tony Whitfield

Tony Whitfield

Productivity, commonly defined as the amount of output per unit of input, is currently not being tracked and reported to the full capability of government agencies, according to a report tabled by NSW acting auditor-general Tony Whitfield:

“Despite its importance, productivity trends in the public sector are not well understood or reported to parliament. All of the agencies examined had an understanding and reported on input, output and quality indicators that could be used to track their productivity.”

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