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I note and commend the work being done through the school satisfaction surveys. The committee notes these would be very valuable in examining different perceptions by parents and students in certain cases to inform any necessary response. I note the excellent work taking place in relation to parental engagement. The committee is also interested in learning about the progress in the five development domains, and made a recommendation in relation to the domain relating to the physical health and wellbeing of children.

In the arts area, the committee asked questions during the hearings in relation to the arts policy framework. We were advised about four areas of its implementation through a question that was put on notice. However, we are still seeking to clarify the framework, its criteria and the review timing. The committee made two recommendations. Since that date the minister has announced a public consultation on the review of the arts policy framework and has appointed a reference group, so that work seems to be underway now. The other area in arts that the committee was interested in exploring and on which it has made some recommendations is the future funding arrangements for the CAT awards and being able to see in future reports what ongoing programs may result from the very good artist in schools programs that are run through our education system.

I again thank members of the committee and the secretary. I also thank all those that appeared before us and the minister and all her officials. I thank them very much for appearing before us and for their time. I commend the report to members.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 11

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (10.07): Pursuant to the order of the Assembly of 25 September 2014, I present the following report:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 11—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2013-14, dated 12 March 2015, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

Madam Speaker, this is the 11th report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, entitled Report on annual and financial reports 2013-14. Annual reports are the principal and most authoritative way in which directors-general and chairpersons account to the Legislative Assembly and other stakeholders, including the public, for the way in which they have discharged their statutory responsibilities and utilised public funding over the preceding 12 months. They also provide an opportunity for agencies to advise all the major stakeholders of their major plans and the themes for the immediate future.

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