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the context of the emerging role of civil society on the one hand and oversight bodies on the other. I hope that this process is adopted and we hope to see some of these issues examined by the assessor.
Debate (on motion by Ms Hunter) adjourned to the next sitting.
Public Accounts—Standing Committee
Statement by chair
MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.
The Government Procurement Act 2001, as amended in 2007, requires agencies to provide the public accounts committee every six months with a list of reportable contracts. Reportable contracts are defined, with some exceptions, as procurement contracts over $20,000 that provide confidential text. Agencies provide the committee with the names of the contracting parties, the value of the contract and the nature of the contract. The public accounts committee believes that this information should be available to all members. The public accounts committees of the Sixth and Seventh Assemblies have written to the responsible minister on this matter.
The committee is aware that the information chief executives provide in relation to reportable contracts is readily available in the public domain on the ACT contracts register. The Minister for Territory and Municipal Services has informed the committee that consideration is being given to the process for the reporting of reportable contracts. Until such time as any amendment and/or procedural changes are possible, the public accounts committee will continue to table these lists as it receives them.
The committee appreciates the willingness of the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services to consider the issues it has raised regarding the reporting of reportable contracts. I therefore seek leave to table lists of reportable contracts for the period 1 October 2008 to 31 March 2009 as received by the public accounts committee.
MS LE COUTEUR: I table the following papers:
Reportable contracts—Copies of letters to the Chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts from the following Departments and Agencies for the period 1 October 2008 to 31 March 2009:
ACT Planning and Land Authority, dated 17 April 2009.
Cultural Facilities Corporation, dated 20 April 2009.
Disability, Housing and Community Services, dated 30 April 2009.
Education and Training, dated 20 April 2009.
Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission, dated 20 April 2009.