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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 28 March 2017) . . Page.. 1094 ..


Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.03): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts relating to inquiries into two Auditor-General’s reports currently before the committee. These are Auditor-General’s report No 7 of 2016 and Auditor-General’s report No 1 of 2017.

On 31 October 2016, Auditor-General’s report No 7 of 2016 was tabled in the Assembly. It was the report of a performance audit on certain land acquisitions by the Land Development Agency. This report resulted from a public interest disclosure referred to the Auditor-General and presents the results of a performance audit of the effectiveness of the Land Development Agency’s management of the acquisition of certain land and businesses in 2014 and 2015. The report contained a number of conclusions and key findings and made seven recommendations.

The government’s response to the Auditor-General’s report was presented to the Assembly on 14 February 2017. The committee received a briefing from the Auditor-General in relation to the audit report on 17 March 2017.

The committee has resolved to inquire further into the report. While the terms of reference for the inquiry will be the information contained within the audit report, the committee’s inquiry will focus specifically on the conclusions and key findings of the report, and the government’s response and implementation of audit recommendations. The committee’s full terms of reference will be published on the committee’s website.

The committee will be inviting written submissions to this inquiry from key interest and stakeholder groups. The committee is expected to report to the Assembly as soon as practicable.

On 14 February 2017 Auditor-General’s report No 1 of 2017 was tabled in the Assembly. The report was a performance audit into WorkSafe ACT’s management of its statutory responsibilities for the demolition of loose-fill asbestos contaminated houses. The report contained overall conclusions, several key findings and made eight recommendations.

The government’s response to the Auditor-General’s report was presented to the Assembly on 21 March. The committee received a briefing from the Auditor-General in relation to the audit report on 17 March.

The committee has resolved to inquire further into the report. Whilst the terms of reference for the inquiry will be the information contained within the report, the committee’s inquiry will focus specifically on the conclusions and key findings of the report, and the government’s response and implementation of audit recommendations.

The committee will be inviting written submissions to its inquiry from key interest and stakeholder groups and the committee is expecting to report to the Legislative Assembly as soon as practicable.


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