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The second point is that I would certainly commend to the government and the responsible ministers the comments on the subordinate legislation. Mr Steve Argument has been a great addition to the committee in his role as an adviser on subordinate legislation and there are a number of issues in relation to some pieces of subordinate legislation that I do commend to the government and its officials for consideration.

Education, Training and Young People—Standing Committee

Report 2

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (10.38): I present the following report:

Education, Training and Young People—Standing Committee—Report 2—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2004-2005, dated 21 March 2006, 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, on 18 October 2005 the following reports were referred to the Standing Committee on Education, Training and Young People for inquiry and report: Building and Construction Industry Training; Canberra Institute of Technology; Cultural Facilities Corporation; Department of Education and Training; and Office of Children, Youth and Family Support. The committee resolved that it would defer consideration of the annual report of the Cultural Facilities Corporation to a later date.

Annual reports are assessed each year by the Institute of Public Administration Australia, ACT division. Given the comprehensive nature of the IPAA’s assessment, the committee considered that its limited resources were better utilised by focusing on a particular area. Therefore, it concentrated on program effectiveness and the ability of the Assembly and its committees to be informed about the level of effectiveness and appropriateness of the reporting on government programs. The committee decided to focus on issues of program management and reporting of that program management, rather than assessing the annual reports referred to it for compliance against formal guidelines.

The committee noted that the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services administers many agencies and clear cross-referencing of the numerous and complex reporting requirements is needed. In this regard, the committee also recommends that standardised reporting indicators would be helpful. Further, the

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