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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 5 Hansard (5 May) . .

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The committee had a briefing from the Auditor-General on this issue and has determined one recommendation. The recommendation acknowledges some of the changes that are going to happen on 1 July. Rather than bring the government in, have a discussion and call for submissions when the whole structure was to change and transport and municipal services were to be set from 1 July, the committee recommended:

... that the Minister for Transport Canberra and City Services report to the Assembly, by Thursday 4 August 2016, on the progress of the Government's implementation of the recommendations made in Auditor-General's Report No. 9 of 2015: Public Transport: The Frequent Network, that have been accepted either in-whole or in-part. This should include: (i) a summary of action to date, either completed or in progress (including milestones completed); and (ii) the proposed action (including timetable), for implementing recommendations (or parts thereof), where action has not yet commenced.

It seemed sensible, given the changes that were coming, to ask the government to update us on the action there.

Madam Deputy Speaker, I thank, as always, the members of the committee, which included you, Ms Lawder and Mr Hinder; at various times Ms Porter and Ms Fitzharris were also members. Ms Fitzharris may have started as a committee member looking at a report but she has ended up with the portfolio. That is the nature of the way things go. I thank all of those who assisted—Dr Cullen, Greg Hall and Lydia Chung—and commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 26

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (5.18): I present the following report:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 26—Review of Auditor-General's Report No. 10 of 2015: 2014-15 Financial Audits, dated 21 April 2016, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

The 2014-15 financial audit report from the Auditor-General contained six recommendations. The recommendations seemed to particularly focus on the IT systems and how well prepared the government was, for instance, regarding the security of their data, and business continuity and disaster recovery arrangements.

Some of these recommendations have been made before. I think we are all aware of the nature of IT systems, but it is important that where, for instance, previous public accounts reports, and indeed previous Auditor-General's reports, have made these sorts of recommendations, they are acted upon.


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