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Coal Mining Royalties

Year Published: 2010

Language: English

Sector: Minerals




The people of NSW own the minerals on Crown land and private land. The Government allows mining companies, via leases, to extract and sell these minerals for a price. This price is known as a ‘royalty’.

Mining royalties are a source of significant revenue to NSW. In 2008-09, the Government received $1.28 billion in mining royalties representing about 2.6 per cent of the total revenue collected by the Government that year. Coal accounted for over 95 per cent of the royalties.

The revenue the Government receives from mining royalties has increased substantially in recent times. Royalty revenue increased by 123  per cent between 2007-08 and 2008-09 (from $573 million to $1.28 billion), largely due to a sharp rise in coal export prices and increases in royalty rates.

The Royalty and Statistics Branch of the NSW Department of Industry and
Investment (DII) administers the collection of mining royalties.

This audit examined how well DII ensures mining lease holders pay the royalties they owe the State on time. Specifically, the audit assessed
whether DII:
 has complete, accurate, and up-to-date information on leases
 has clear rules for calculating and collecting royalties
 identifies late and inaccurate royalty returns
 undertakes comprehensive quality audits to validate royalty payments
 acts on late and inaccurate returns.

Australian Government Procurement Contract Reporting (ANAO Report No.19 of 2017–2018)

Year Published: 2017

Language: English

Sector: All public sectors

Type of IT System(s): Procurement System


Procurement is a significant public sector activity worth $47.4 billion in 2016–17. This information report seeks to provide greater transparency on procurement activity in the Australian public sector. This information report is neither an audit nor an assurance review and presents no conclusions or opinions. The report presents in a variety of ways, including tables and figures, publicly available data from public sector procurement activity.

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Australian Electoral Commission’s Procurement of Services for the Conduct of the 2016 Federal Election (ANAO Report No.25 of 2017–2018)

Year Published: 2018

Language: English

Sector: Finance

Type of IT System(s): Automatic Data Processing System


The audit objective was to assess whether the Australian Electoral Commission appropriately established and managed the contracts for the transportation of completed ballot papers and the Senate scanning solution for the 2016 Federal Election.

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Unscheduled Taxation System Outages (ANAO Report No.29 of 2017–2018)

Year Published: 2018

Language: English

Sector: Revenue and Taxation

Type of IT System(s): Text box – Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery


The objective of the audit was to assess whether the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has effectively responded to recent unscheduled information technology (IT) system outages.

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