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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 2 Hansard (18 February) . .

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To really finalise, the work in the chamber will commence immediately after the last sitting period in August. I will continue to update members on the building program as we go through.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 17—government response

MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Tourism and Events and Minister for Urban Renewal) (3.29): Thank you, Madam Speaker, for a suitably conservative presentation on building upgrades.

Mr Coe: You can learn from her: on time and on budget.

MR BARR: If only they knew, Madam Speaker; if only they knew.

For the information of members I present the following paper:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 17—Review of Auditor-General's Report No. 8 of 2013: Management of Funding for Community Services—Government response.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

I am very pleased to present to the Assembly the government's response to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts report Review of Auditor-General's report No 8 of 2013: Management of funding for community services. This particular audit examined whether the health, community services and then economic development directorates had effective controls and procedures for managing funding for community services, including whether appropriate governance arrangements were in place for the services and programs audited; whether there was integration of the required outcomes and deliverables of funding agreements with policy or legislative requirements; and whether funding administration arrangements are in place to support the achievement of value for money.

The Auditor-General's report demonstrated that the government's management of funding for community services is sound and includes effective checks and balances that minimise risk and ensure good outcomes for the ACT community.

The government response to the audit, which I presented to the Assembly in August 2015, agreed or agreed in principle to seven of the audit's 10 recommendations, with a further three being noted. Having received both the Auditor-General's report and the government response, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts has put forward a further five recommendations.

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