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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 19 October 2010) . . Page.. 4614 ..

Chief Minister’s Department (2 volumes), dated 15 and 18 September 2010.

Commissioner for Public Administration, dated 1 September 2010.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Paper and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Health and Minister for Industrial Relations): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Inquiry—Auditor-General’s Report No 1/2010—Performance Reporting—Government submission.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: The Auditor-General’s performance audit report was tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly on 13 April 2010. The government welcomes this report as it emphasises the importance of transparent reporting to the Legislative Assembly and to the ACT public. This government is firmly committed to transparent and accountable government, evidenced most recently through our work on citizen-centred governance, the review of our community engagement guidelines, the Canberra 2030—a time to talk community conversation, and the current review of the government’s performance and accountability framework.

The Auditor-General’s report found that performance reporting by the audited agencies was, in most cases, accurate and sufficiently covered key activities set out in agencies’ budget papers. The Auditor-General also made eight recommendations which will provide an opportunity for agencies to further improve the transparent reporting of their activities.

The ACT government is generally supportive of the recommendations themselves. The government agrees to five of the recommendations and agrees in part to three others. In many cases, the recommendations reflect current procedural guidelines or agency practice.

The ACT government agrees that agencies should, wherever relevant and appropriate, link performance indicators in the budget with their corporate objectives and strategic and business plans. The government agrees that departments should integrate performance indicators with decision-making processes, and this is done to a large extent already.

The government also supports the recommendations that departments should establish strategic indicators in line with Treasury guidelines, linking strategic indicators to outcomes and not merely describing activities.

Agencies’ strategic indicators are reviewed annually and developed in line with Treasury’s guidelines. The Auditor-General also made recommendations in relation to

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