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The other aspects that have been raised by the strategic reviewer relate to the term of the Auditor-General, as I touched on yesterday. The current Auditor-General is appointed for seven years and for a non-renewable term. In changing the legislation and making the Auditor-General an officer of the Legislative Assembly, those provisions were—I presume inadvertently—deleted. The next time we go to appoint an Auditor-General there are no provisions for the term of the Auditor-General or whether or not that term should be renewable. Mr Pearson has given advice about how we might address that.

The general view is that the term should be somewhere between seven—which has been the case in the ACT—and 10 years and that the term should be non-renewable. This is a matter that falls within the purview of the public accounts committee. Therefore this motion also refers those matters to the public accounts committee for investigation and report. It also gives the public accounts committee the opportunity to consider the strategic review more broadly. Because this is an important matter which should be dealt with by this Assembly, I am also asking that the committees report to the Assembly by the last sitting day in August. I commend the motion to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Education, Training and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee

Report 6

MR HINDER (Ginninderra) (12.07): I present the following report:

Education, Training and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee—Report 6—Inquiry into Vocational Education and Youth Training in the ACT—Final Report, dated 9 June 2016, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

The committee’s interim report for this inquiry was tabled in the Assembly on 17 February and contained a number of recommendations. Two recommendations were specifically directed at finalising a matter of considerable importance in the committee’s inquiry, that is, the structure, delivery and outcomes regarding the performance of the CIT electrotechnology course, which came under scrutiny during the committee’s inquiry.

The background to that matter is that the CIT was forced to deal with an influx of 270 students from an external private RTO that collapsed and then had to accommodate them in an unexpected and unplanned-for manner regarding their ingress to the course.

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