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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 7 Hansard (29 June) . . Page.. 2882..

MR STANHOPE (continuing):

Public Sector Management Act, pursuant to sections 31A and 79-Copies of executive contracts or instruments-

Short-term contracts:

Colin Adrian, dated 15 June 2004.

Michael Ockwell, dated 25 May 2004.

Schedule D variations:

George Tomlins, dated 9 June 2004.

Brett Phillips, dated 7 June and 9 June 2004.

Annual reports directions

Papers and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Environment and Minister for Community Affairs) (3.30): For the in formation of members I present the annual reports directions and declarations made under the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act 2004:

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act-Annual Reports, June 2004-Declarations, including the 2004 Annual Report directions.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the papers.

This instrument is issued in accordance with the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act 2004 and provides the framework for the preparation of the 2003-04 annual reports. The instrument includes the annual reports directions for the reporting year. Under the act the instrument must be tabled, although it is not disallowable. The instrument is notified under the Legislation Act 2001.

This year's directions are the first to be issued under the 2004 act, which commenced on 13 April 2004. The new act includes a 30-day consultation period with the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. The chair advised on 15 June 2004 that the committee had considered the draft directions and had no further comment or recommendations to make. The 2004 directions have been substantially overhauled, reflecting the changes last year to incorporate a number of suggestions from the Auditor-General's report on the effectiveness of annual reporting.

The 2004 directions also taken into account proposed agreed recommendations from Legislative Assembly committee reviews of 2002-03 annual reports. Further changes have also been made to reflect government policies and legislation changes, such as reporting on costs and benefits of regulatory reforms, reporting on breaches of environment legislation and Territory Records Act compliance.

A different format has been developed to aid agency compliance. The format change should also address requests by Assembly committees and other stakeholders for more consistent reporting across agencies. Under the new act reports must be provided to the

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