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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 7 Hansard (16 May) . . Page.. 2101..


Thursday, 16 May 2013

The Assembly met at 10 am.

(Quorum formed.)

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Education, Training and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee

Report 1

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (10.02): Pursuant to the order of the Assembly of 14 February 2013, as amended on 9 May 2013, I present the following report:

Education, Training and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee—Report 1—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2011-2012, dated 15 May 2013, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

I am pleased to report on the Report on annual and financial reports 2011-2012. Annual reports, as you know, are in principle the most authoritative way in which chief executives and chairpersons account to the Legislative Assembly and other stakeholders, including the public, for the way in which they discharge their statutory and other responsibilities and the way they have utilised public funds over the preceding year. Provision of meaningful operational financial information by government to parliament and the public is an important basic element of our accountability process.

On 14 February 2013, the Assembly referred annual and financial reports for all government agencies for the calendar year 2011 and financial year 2011-12 to this and other standing committees. The education, training and youth affairs committee examined, and now reports on, the annual reports for the following: the ACT Building and Construction Industry Training Fund Authority; the Canberra Institute of Technology; the Community Services Directorate, for arts policy advice programs, including artsACT; the Community Services Directorate, for children, youth and family services; and the Cultural Facilities Corporation.

The committee held public hearings on 22 February and 14 March 2013. At these public hearings the committee heard from the responsible minister, Ms Burch, accompanying directorate and agency officers and members of the governing boards. The committee examined the annual and financial reports in relation to their compliance where relevant to the following legislation: Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act 2004; Chief Minister's annual report directions 2010-11; Financial Management Act 1996; and Territory-owned Corporations Act 1990.


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