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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 24 March 2015) . . Page.. 1003 ..

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Report 10

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (11.02): I present the following report:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 10—Review of Auditor-General’s Report No 3 of 2013: ACT Government Parking Operations, dated 12 March 2015, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

I am pleased to speak to report No 10 of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts Review of the Auditor-General’s report No 3 of 2013: ACT government parking operations. The audit report presented the results of a performance audit that examined the ACT government’s parking operations. The audit has focused on paid parking. In accordance with the resolution of the appointment of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, the audit report was referred to the committee for examination. The committee has established procedures for its examination of these reports pursuant to the Assembly resolution.

In accordance with these procedures, the committee resolved on 13 November 2014 to conclude its consideration of the audit report with a summary report. The objective of the audit was to provide an independent opinion to the Legislative Assembly on the efficiency and effectiveness of ACT government management and administration of parking operations. The audit involved consideration of planning, management and implementation of parking operations.

The audit was a multi-agency audit covering five separate ACT directorates—that is, the former Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, the former Economic Development Directorate, the Territory and Municipal Services Directorate, the Justice and Community Safety Directorate and the former Chief Minister’s and Treasury Directorate. The audit made 12 recommendations to address the audit findings across three audit themes, those being governance and administrative responsibility; planning and maintaining parking; and fees and infringements. The government agreed to 10 recommendations and in part to the other two. As at September 2014 the government had completed four of the recommendations while the remaining eight are in progress, with varying time frames to completion.

Key actions in progress to address the audit findings include: the release of a draft parking strategy for consultation in 2015; finalisation of a transport pricing strategy setting out how parking pricing relates to public transport pricing for government consideration in late 2014; parking plans for the city centre and town centres to be considered by the government in November 2014; parking demand surveys to be undertaken in the next two years; work to increase parking spaces for people with a disability to at least three per cent of total spaces; and the replacement of over 900 on-street parking meters in 2014-15.

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