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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 3 Hansard (31 March) . . Page.. 1178..

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 2—government response

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (11.57), by leave: I am pleased to provide a government response in the form of a statement to the Assembly in relation to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts report entitled, Review of Auditor-General's report No 2 of 2009: follow-up audit—implementation of audit recommendations on road safety.

Auditor-General's report No 2 of 2009—the 2009 audit report—reported on the extent to which TAMS had addressed specific issues identified in an earlier 2006 audit report on road safety. The 2009 audit report noted that six of the seven recommendations from the 2006 audit report had been either fully implemented in the case of four or partially implemented in the case of two. Work against one recommendation had not commenced at that time.

The 2009 audit report had four recommendations. One related to the TAMS audit committee charter, which has been completed. The other three recommended that further work be undertaken in respect of evaluation of road safety measures, crash data processing and motorcycle safety issues.

In line with normal procedure, the 2009 audit report was referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, together with a government submission on the report which advised that the outstanding issues related to continuing projects under the ACT road safety action plan. The committee tabled its review of the 2009 audit report in the Assembly on 23 September 2010. The committee was of the view that the government should report on progress with these outstanding issues within a reasonable time.

More specifically, the committee recommended that the Minister for Transport report to the Legislative Assembly by the last sitting day in March 2011 on the outcome of the evaluation of road safety engineering treatments and policy initiatives, the implementation of a computerised SmartForm to allow electronic reporting of ACT traffic crashes, the integration of SmartForm inputs into TAMS data entry and data processing functions, and the outcome of the review of ACT licensing, training and testing requirements for novice motorcycle riders.

Undertaking a program of evaluation of road safety engineering treatments and policy initiatives was an item under the ACT road safety action plan for 2009 and 2010. In this context, an ongoing program of evaluation of road safety engineering treatments has been established, with treatments at 37 locations evaluated during 2009 and 2010. Following this evaluation process, the majority of these projects were found to have been successful by reducing the number of crashes occurring at these locations. In addition, results from the evaluation process will be used to guide future Roads ACT treatment programs.

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