Page 1716 - Week 06 - Tuesday, 7 June 2022

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CIT have advised me already and provided some high-level information that the services include organisational change management and support, and delivering strategic initiatives, including those associated with transformation under the Strategic Compass 2025. They have advised me that the contract was entered into following an open tender process in which three providers participated. But I will be seeking further explanations and detailed information about this contract. I expect that it will be provided to me within those five days.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, do you think it is appropriate for a government organisation to pay $10,000 per day for mentoring for the CEO?

MR STEEL: I refer the member to the answer to the previous question, where I have outlined that I am seeking answers to those questions from the board.

Canberra Institute of Technology—procurement

MS LEE: My question is to the Minister for Skills. Minister, earlier this year, the Canberra Liberals called for an audit of all government procurements over the past five years. These CIT contracts are exactly the kind of anomalies that would have been uncovered by such an audit, but you rejected our call. As the minister responsible for both Procurement ACT and the CIT, what responsibility do you take for this series of questionable CIT contracts?

MR STEEL: I refer the member to the governing structure under the Canberra Institute of Technology Act 1987, which shows that the CEO is clearly directly accountable to the board. I will be asking the board for detailed information about the nature of this contract, what it is hoping to achieve and what the deliverables are under the contract. But the matter that the member referred to in Procurement ACT is quite a separate one, and I am not sure that the same issue applies here. I will certainly be asking those questions and getting detailed advice from the board about the nature of this particular contract.

MS LEE: Minister, if you, as the minister responsible, are not responsible for the questionable expenditure of taxpayer funds then who is?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. I refer her again to the act.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, what assurances can you provide to Canberrans that this is not happening in other government agencies?

MR STEEL: I refer the member to my answer to an earlier question, when I said that we will be seeking an explanation from the CIT board about this contract. Until we have considered that information, it would be too early to say.

Canberra Institute of Technology—procurement

MR MILLIGAN: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Skills. Minister, late last year an Auditor-General’s report highlighted systemic issues with

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