Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 2 November 2017) . . Page.. 4940 ..
MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong) (3.58): I thank members for their support for this important sporting and recreational activity here in Canberra and its enthusiasm for making it successful and helping to grow Canberra’s reputation as a great place to be. I am happy to support Mr Gentleman’s amendment. It is a clarification that helps the ministry in working through this, and I appreciate that he approached me prior to have a discussion about that amendment.
Amendment agreed to.
Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.
Education, Employment and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee
Statement by chair
MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (3.59): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs relating to the 2016 annual report of the University of Canberra, tabled on 9 May 2017.
I advise the Assembly that at a private meeting on 19 October 2017 the committee resolved to conduct an inquiry into the 2016 annual report of the University of Canberra.
In its Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2015-2016, tabled on 11 May 2017, the committee noted its belief that the University of Canberra’s annual reports should be subject to scrutiny by an Assembly committee. The committee recommended that the Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research advise the Assembly as to the appropriateness or otherwise of the committee’s future consideration of the annual report and financial statements of the University of Canberra.
The government response to that report, tabled on 21 September 2017, stated:
The University of Canberra (UC) operates under the University of Canberra Act 1989, which requires UC to provide an annual report for presentation to the Legislative Assembly each calendar year. Neither the University of Canberra Act nor the Financial Management Act 1996 require the UC Annual Report to be referred to committee for formal examination. The Government considers the current reporting requirements provide sufficient oversight and transparency.
The committee also wrote to the Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research, as well as the manager of government business, to request that the 2016 annual report of the University of Canberra be included in this Assembly’s next annual reports referral. The minister reiterated in correspondence to the committee that the government considers that the current reporting requirements provide sufficient oversight and transparency.