Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 28 March 2017) . . Page.. 1135 ..
MR COE: Is the government satisfied with the agency’s ability to manage tender and procurement processes given the damning assessment by the Auditor-General?
MS BERRY: Again I refer the Leader of the Opposition to the government’s response to the Auditor-General’s review into the performance of the Land Development Agency. The Land Development Agency has a comprehensive governance program in place to drive improved processes and practices. Some of the key improvements that have already been put in place have occurred since the work of the Auditor-General but also as part of the establishment of the new city renewal and suburban land agencies.
Some of those improvements include: resourcing of a governance and quality assurance team to develop and drive improved processes and practices across the organisation; the creation of a governance executive committee, chaired by the deputy director-general, to oversee the governance program; centralisation of valuations for core LDA businesses through the sales and marketing team; decentralisation of legal advice requests through the deputy director-general’s office and the creation of a centralised register for legal advice; provision of clear directions to staff on the requirements for compliance with the land acquisition policy framework, with all proposed land acquisitions assessed against the framework and considered by the LDA board; improved oversight and reporting processes for single source procurements; more robust conflict of interest requirements for the LDA board and staff; the introduction of a records and document management framework and protocols to centralise systems for document management.
MR DOSZPOT: Minister, why is the government already limiting the autonomy and integrity of the new agencies by announcing a new LDA tender for commercial and residential agents?
MS BERRY: I am not really sure I understand the premise of the question from the member opposite. I think the changes that the government will be making around the city development and the suburban land agencies will improve the governance and transparency of both those organisations, in line with the response that we provided to the Auditor-General on her review.
Mr Coe: On a point of order, perhaps the minister did not hear the tail end of the question. It was with regard to announcing a new LDA tender for commercial and residential agents.
MADAM SPEAKER: The minister has some time to conclude her answer.
MS BERRY: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I had actually completed and sat down.
Land Development Agency—staff redundancies
MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Minister, have all or some senior executives at the LDA been offered redundancies?