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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 5 Hansard (15 May) . . Page.. 1559..


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 in relation to reportable contracts under section 39 of the Government Procurement Act 2001.

The Government Procurement Act 2001 requires agencies to provide the public accounts committee with a list of "reportable contracts"every 12 months. Reportable contracts are defined, with some exceptions, as procurement contracts equal to or over $25,000 that contain confidential text. Agencies provide the committee with the names of the contracting parties, the value of the contract and the nature of the contract.

The committee acknowledges that the information directors-general, and equivalents, provide in relation to reportable contracts is readily available in the public domain on the ACT government contracts register. However, its scrutiny is assisted by receiving a consolidated report every 12 months.

The committee has been provided with a consolidated list of reportable contracts for the 12-monthly period from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014.

As per its previous practice, the committee believes that there is value in tabling the consolidated list of reportable contracts for the period specified as a transparency mechanism to promote accountability.

I therefore seek leave to table the list of reportable contracts for the period 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014 as received by the public accounts committee.

Leave granted.

I table the following paper:

Reportable contracts—Agencies reporting reportable contracts for the period 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014.

Statement by chair

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (11.12): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts in relation to the committee's consideration of the audit office's 2014-15 budget submission.

Pursuant to section 22 of the Auditor-General Act 1996, the committee is provided with a role in determining the annual appropriation available to the Auditor-General. The committee considers the draft budget estimates of the Auditor-General and makes a recommendation to the Treasurer regarding the proposed appropriation and provides the Treasurer with the Auditor-General's draft budget.


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