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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 22 June 1995) . . Page.. 1058 ..


These guidelines, which are currently issued under Chief Minister's direction, provide detailed program and statutory - for example, EEO, occupational health and safety and administrative law - reporting requirements which agencies must comply with in their annual reports. The guidelines will ensure that annual reports give an accurate and comprehensive account of the implementation, by programs and subprograms, of the Government's policies and priorities.

In order to ensure that the maximum accountability and reporting requirements of the Assembly are met, the legislation provides for directions issued under the legislation, including annual reporting directions and guidelines, to be tabled in this Assembly. They will be updated annually to reflect comments by the Estimates Committee, the Assembly and the Auditor-General. This Government was elected with a mandate of enhancing the performance and accountability of the ACT Government Service. This legislation is a key element of the Government's program to achieve that mandate. It will significantly improve annual reporting by ACT government agencies and public bodies to this Assembly. Mr Speaker, I commend the Bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Ms Follett) adjourned.

ANNUAL REPORTS (GOVERNMENT AGENCIES)(CONSEQUENTIAL PROVISIONS) BILL 1995

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister) (10.37): Mr Speaker, I present the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 1995, together with its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MRS CARNELL: I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, this legislation will amend annual reporting provisions in various Acts, to provide a requirement for public bodies to report that is consistent with the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Bill 1995. This will ensure that the current situation of varying reporting requirements is improved by creating a single annual reporting arrangement.

Debate (on motion by Ms Follett) adjourned.


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