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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 8 Hansard (17 August) . . Page.. 3366..


MS LE COUTEUR (continuing):

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Australasian Council of Public Accounts Committees mid-term meeting—

Jurisdictional report, as at 2 July 2010.

Meeting report, dated 6 July 2010, prepared by Mr Hargreaves.

MR SPEAKER: I ask the clerks to make a special copy for Mr Barr.

Statement by chair

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo): Pursuant to standing order 246A I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts in relation to review of the Auditor-General's performance audit report No 5 of 2009, Administration of employment issues for staff of members of the Legislative Assembly; Auditor-General's audit report No 8 of 2009, 2008-09 financial audits; and Auditor-General's performance audit report No 2 of 2010, Student support services for public high schools.

On 7 August 2009, Auditor-General's report No 5 of 2009 was referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for inquiry. The audit report presented the results of an assessment of whether severance payments to staff of MLAs, volunteer employment arrangements and leave, and attendance management practices for all staff engaged under the ACT Legislative Assembly (Members' Staff) Act 1989, the LAMS Act, accorded with government policy and Legislative Assembly procedure and practice.

The ACT Legislative Assembly passed a motion on 9 February 2010 allowing the public accounts committee and the Assembly to consider the report notwithstanding standing order 156 and section 15 of the ACT (Self-Government) Act 1988. The committee received submissions from the ACT Legislative Assembly Secretariat, dated 6 April 2010, and from the government, dated 2 June 2010, in relation to the audit report. The committee has resolved to conclude its consideration of the audit report with the tabling of a summary report. The committee expects to table its report as soon as practicable.

On 18 December 2009, Auditor-General's report No 8 of 2009 was referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for inquiry. This report provides a summary of the results of the audits of financial reports and reviews of statements of performance completed during 2008-09, covering the territory and its agencies. The committee received a briefing from the Auditor-General in relation to the audit report on 9 March 2010 and a submission from the government dated 16 April 2010. The committee has resolved to inquire further into the report and is expecting to report to the Assembly as soon as practicable.

On 20 May 2010, Auditor-General's report No 2 of 2010 was referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for inquiry. The committee has resolved to make no further inquiries into the report. As the report assessed the delivery of selected services by the ACT Department of Education and Training to support students with


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