Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 2 Hansard (21 May) . . Page.. 470 ..
MR MOORE (continuing):
I am sure that members will be lobbied by people for and against this ban. I think you will find, though, that the public support and the logic of this approach will far outweigh the concerns of those who wish to continue advertising in this way. Mr Speaker, I commend this Bill to the Assembly.
Debate (on motion by Ms Carnell) adjourned.
MS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (11.48): Mr Speaker, I move:
That this Assembly calls on the Presiding Member of the Standing Committee for the Chief Minister's Portfolio to, pursuant to the Auditor-General Act1996, write to the Independent Auditor requesting the Independent Auditor conduct a performance audit of the operations of the Auditor-General, and specifying that the performance audit should include the following terms of reference:
(1) the adequacy of management systems, controls and practices related to economy, efficiency and effectiveness of the operations of the Office;
(2) the extent to which resources of the Office have been managed with due regard to economy and efficiency;
(3) the extent to which programs, operations or activities of the Office have been effective; and
(4) the degree to which the Office has complied with legislation, regulations or directions related to its activities.
This motion seeks the Assembly's support for a proposed performance audit of the ACT Auditor-General's Office. The purpose of the motion is to provide the Standing Committee for the Chief Minister's Portfolio with the Assembly's support of the performance audit and its broad scope. Under the Auditor-General Act 1996, financial and performance audits of the Auditor-General's Office can be undertaken. Performance audits are commissioned by the chair of the equivalent of the Public Accounts Committee, that is, the Standing Committee for the Chief Minister's Portfolio.
The performance audit is consistent with the financial management reforms and performance-based public sector arrangements introduced by my Government and endorsed by the last Assembly. The proposed performance audit represents best practice in management of the public sector, with other jurisdictions having undertaken similar audits. All ACT Public Service agencies have been subject to performance audits of specific activities. There has previously not been a comprehensive performance audit of the ACT Auditor-General's Office, which was established in July 1990. This is an opportunity for the performance of the Auditor-General's Office to be independently examined.