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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 1 Hansard (27 February) . . Page.. 352..


Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR SMYTH (Brindabella): Pursuant to standing order 246A I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts relating to statutory appointments in accordance with continuing resolution 5A. Continuing resolution 5A was agreed by the Legislative Assembly on 23 August 2012. The requirements of the resolution set out a transparency mechanism to promote accountability in the consideration of statutory appointments. The resolution requires relevant standing committees which consider statutory appointments to report on a six-monthly basis, and present a schedule listing appointments considered during the applicable period. The schedule is required to include the statutory appointments considered; for each appointment, the date the request from the responsible minister for consultation was received; and the date the committee's feedback was provided.

For the applicable reporting period—1 July to 31 December 2013—the committee considered three statutory appointments. I therefore table the following paper showing a schedule of statutory appointments for the period 1 July 2013 to 31 December 2013 as considered by the Eighth Assembly's public accounts committee in accordance with continuing resolution 5A:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Schedule of Statutory Appointments—8th Assembly—Period 1 July to 31 December 2013.

I also wish to make a statement about a number of reports relating to inquiries about certain Auditor-General's reports currently before the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts relating to inquiries about certain Auditor-General's reports currently before the committee.

On 21 December 2012, Auditor-General's report No 10 of 2012 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 2011-12, covering the territory and its agencies. The report contained 10 recommendations—one recommendation on improving processes for resolving audit findings; four recommendations on the quality of reporting in financial statements and statements of performance; and five recommendations on IT governance and controls.

The committee received a private briefing from the Auditor-General in relation to the audit report on 5 February 2013 and a submission from the government dated 21 March 2013. In its submission, the government agreed to eight recommendations and agreed in part to two recommendations.

In its report inquiring into the 2011-12 annual reports, tabled on 6 June 2013, the committee considered the findings of the audit report as they related to audits of financial reports and reviews of statements of performance, including comparisons with previous years, for the 2011-12 reporting period for the following matters:


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