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other committee members in the way we have developed reports. It has been a very good committee to work on. I thank Mr Doszpot for that and I thank all fellow members of the committee. Mr Hargreaves is currently on the committee. As Mr Doszpot has mentioned, we have had a change in members and also a change in secretaries. I also thank Kate Harkins, who I think has done a fantastic job in coming in and bringing all these reports together. She has been a very valuable addition to the Committee Office.

I will just briefly refer to one of the recommendations. One thing that was quite clearly raised through this process was around communication processes for social housing tenants. A number of concerns were raised by advocacy groups about this. The government talked about the gateway quality improvement project and how this is about making changes to the way administrative and procedural matters are dealt with within ACT Housing. It is probably too soon to see how this project is working. I hope that it does work and that it leads to improvements in some of those processes. A number of the groups that appeared said that they had not started to see those changes coming through but, as I said, it is probably too soon.

The first recommendation was that a review of this be undertaken and that it include reference to the areas that were identified in the Ombudsman’s report which, as Mr Doszpot said, led to this inquiry. I hope this is something that the government and Housing ACT agree to undertake. It is important to make sure that this project actually leads to the outcomes that have been stated and that we see improvements in the way this is done. Obviously, there are major problems currently and it needs to improve for the sake of those tenants in social housing properties, particularly public housing properties.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 28

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo) (10.40): I present the following report:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 28—Review of Auditor-General’s Report No 5 of 2011: 2010-11 Financial Audits, dated 31 July 2012, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

This a short report. Every year PAC looks at the auditor’s review of the financial statements. We made four recommendations. The one that was unique for this year talks about the considerable issues which the Auditor-General had—and I think I can say that all the committees had—when trying to understand what was going on in relation to the responsibilities of directorates and agencies due to the reorganisation as a result of the Hawke review. We made the recommendation that, looking at it from a financial point of view, if such major alterations happen in future they should be done

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