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Recommendation 11 is around providing information on the rationale for higher value single select tenders that were conducted by the Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment. There were a number of consultancies, people contracted to do work throughout the year, where it was single select tender. I think there are good explanations around the fact that this work can be very specific and it requires particular expertise to undertake it. But we felt that, in an environment too where this issue has been raised at the federal level, certainly around the number of single select type of tenders that are occurring and the lack of transparency that may reveal, we really need to ensure that we put in place some transparency. That is why we have requested that the information be included in the annual report, a rationale for why those high value single select tenders were conducted and why that process was decided upon.

The committee is grateful for the time and expertise of Minister Corbell, the Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment and all the officers who assisted with the provision of information during the inquiry. I would also like to thank my fellow committee members, Mr Seselja and Mr Hargreaves, and also the committee secretary, Margie Morrison, who did a wonderful job assisting the committee. Margie moved on a few months ago now but Nicola Kosseck ably filled that secretary position. She acted in that position and helped us to get to today where we have completed the report. I would also like to acknowledge Lydia Chung over in the Committee Office for her wonderful work.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Education, Training and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee

Report 6

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (10.47): I present the following paper:

Education, Training and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee—Report 6—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2009-2010, dated 19 April 2011, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

First off, I would like to thank the committee secretary, Sandra Lilburn, as per usual for doing a fantastic job of putting this report together and presiding over the hearings that we held and also to thank my fellow committee members, Jeremy Hanson and Mary Porter, for their work on this report.

The committee’s inquiry focused on the portfolio areas of education and training, children, youth and family support, including youth justice, and arts and culture. The committee made 10 recommendations in relation to the education and training portfolio and youth justice area. The recommendations are concerned with establishing better planning processes in anticipation of departmental obligations to meet efficiency dividends.

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