Government News reports a review of NSW grants administration in NSW calls for a single government website that provides comprehensive public information about grants.

The review, led by Productivity commissioner Peter Achterstraat, was ordered last November amid a series of inquiries into the administration of the state government’s Stronger Community Grants.

Mr Achterstraat’s review, which makes 19 recommendations, was handed to the Premier Dominic Perrottet last month and made public over the weekend.

The report says the NSW Government normally spends about $4 billion each year on grants but this had recently blown out to $10 billion in response to COVID-19 and natural disasters.

The report also notes that previous inquiries had found gaps in monitoring whether funds were achieving their intended goals.

Premier Dominic Perrottet has welcomed the report and says the government will provide a full response in coming weeks.

“Grants are a significant part of the way the government supports communities and individuals – from COVID responses, to sports fields, to flood recovery, to small business assistance – it is an important way we work to deliver outcomes for the people of NSW,” he said in a statement.

“But all grants are ultimately funded by public money, and so it’s critical we also make sure they are administered fairly, effectively and transparently.”

 

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