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Education, Training and Young People—Standing Committee

Report 1

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (11.40): I present the following report:

Education, Training and Young People—Standing Committee—Report 1—Report on 2003 to 2004 Annual and Financial Reports, dated 19 April 2005, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to move a motion authorising the report for publication.

Leave granted.

MS PORTER: I move:

That the report be authorised for publication.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MS PORTER: I move:

That the report be noted.

Mr Speaker, in presenting report 1 to the Assembly, I would like to note that the report makes a number of recommendations relating to some elements of reporting styles and content. It also makes a comment relating to reporting of the implementation of previous government responses to Assembly committee reports. Importantly, it recommends that a mechanism be included in the directions for annual reports for recognising the contribution of unpaid staff, that is, volunteers.

On behalf of the committee, I thank the minister for making herself and departmental officials available to meet with the committee and participate in the public hearings. They were the first committee hearings for a number of committee members, including me, and I thank the committee secretariat, particularly Siobhan Leyne, for their work on this report.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (11.43): I will be brief, Mr Speaker. As would be expected from a group coming fairly fresh to these portfolios, with an election intervening, this is a modest report. It sets the path for where we would expect to see annual reports in the education portfolio and related areas going in the future in relation to improved reporting. I wish to underline the principal concern that I have. Recommendation 1, at paragraph 2.5, says:

The Committee recommends that annual reports accurately reflect the full governance arrangements of the agency throughout the entire year.

Recommendation 2, at paragraph 2.13, says:

The committee recommends that reporting agencies improve the level of discussion and analysis in reports, including clear and plain explanations of the intent, meaning

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