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held one public hearing in December of 2021 and heard evidence from the ACT Auditor-General and his staff; Special Minister of State; and Procurement ACT.

The committee made nine recommendations as part of this inquiry. The report’s recommendations include that the ACT government mandate that every procurement includes whole-of-life costs factored into value for money assessments and a signed declaration of conflict of interest; improve and strengthen procurement documentations processes; put in place assurance schemes across its directorates and implement the System of Management Action for Breaches of a Procurement Framework; ensure that procurements are accurately reported on the ACT government contracts register; and publish further guidance on the role of, and relationship between, Procurement ACT and the government Procurement Board. The report also recommends that Procurement ACT provide more support for ACT government entities that procure infrequently.

On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank those who contributed to the committee’s inquiry. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Report 10

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (11.55): I present the following report:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 10—Inquiry into the Auditor-General’s Report No. 1 of 2021: Land Management Agreements, dated 15 June 2022, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

MR PETTERSSON: This is the 10th report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for the 10th Assembly.

The Public Accounts Committee examined the audit report and endorses all of the Auditor-General’s recommendations. The committee held two public hearings in May and June of 2021 and heard evidence from the Minister for Planning and Land Management; senior officials of the Environment Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate; the ACT Auditor-General; and staff from the ACT Audit Office.

The committee made seven recommendations as part of its inquiry. The report’s recommendations include that the ACT government should ensure that ACT government entities are: reporting and referring all potential noncompliance with land management agreements and are more proactive in monitoring for compliance; investigating referred reports of noncompliance and taking enforcement action where appropriate; and each land management agreement is fit for purpose and contains a clause stating that the agreement must be reviewed and replaced, if appropriate, every five years.

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