Page 2134 - Week 07 - Thursday, 16 May 2013

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The young planners conference then led into the main conference for the industry-wide group, which saw professionals and industry leaders come to Canberra to attend the conference about which Dr Bourke and Mr Gentleman have given an extensive run-down.

On the Wednesday I had the opportunity to attend one of the site visits which was focused on urban renewal. We had the opportunity to visit the Kingston foreshore precinct, new Acton and also sites in Braddon. It was a good opportunity for us as locals to showcase some of the great planning initiatives that are happening at a local level, get feedback from a different perspective and see where things could be improved, what they liked, what they did not like and what could be done better.

I thought it was a fabulous opportunity. It was a great learning curve for me, as a new member in this place and being new on the planning committee, to get a professional’s perspective on how we view our city and how our city can be developed. Coming from a building background, that was an invaluable experience and it was well worth while.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR SESELJA (Brindabella): Pursuant to standing order 246A I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts in relation to the committee’s consideration of the Auditor-General’s Office 2013-2014 budget submission.

Pursuant to section 22 of the Auditor-General Act 1996, the committee is provided with a role in determining the annual appropriation available to the Auditor-General. The committee considers the draft budget estimates of the Auditor-General and makes a recommendation to the Treasurer regarding the proposed appropriation and provides the Treasurer with the Auditor-General’s draft budget.

This provision creates a process whereby the Legislative Assembly, through the committee, advises the Treasurer regarding the resources that should be made available for the operations of the audit office for the respective financial year. At the conclusion of its consideration of the budget estimates, the practice of the former public accounts committee was to make a 246A statement—informing the Assembly of the outcome of its consideration of the audit office’s budget submission. The committee has agreed to continue this practice as an important transparency mechanism that contributes to public accountability.

Pursuant to section 22 of the Auditor-General Act 1996, the committee has considered the proposed budgets for the operations of the ACT Auditor-General’s Office for each of the financial years from 2013-14 to 2016-17. The committee notes that the Auditor-General is not specifically requesting any additional appropriation in 2013-14 beyond indexation to cover increases in salaries and costs of services.

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