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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 2 November 2017) . . Page.. 4941 ..


On 24 August 2017 the resolution of 16 February 2017 referring 2016-17 annual and financial reports to committees for inquiry and report was amended to remove all references to the University of Canberra. This was done in order to allow time for the government response to the committee’s Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2015-2016 to be tabled and in light of ongoing correspondence between the committee and the minister.

Despite the government’s position on this matter, the committee maintains that it would be of value for the University of Canberra’s annual and financial statements to be subject to scrutiny and reporting by a committee of this Assembly.

The committee has therefore resolved to self-refer the 2016 annual report of the University of Canberra for inquiry and report. The committee intends to run this inquiry concurrently with its inquiry into other annual and financial reports for the 2016-17 financial year, as referred by this Assembly on 26 October 2017.

Financial integrity and compliance

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (4.01): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes the importance of financial integrity and compliance controls in procurement; and

(2) commits to:

(a) investigating the feasibility of improving the linkages between our contract and financial management systems and processes to enable reporting on contracts associated with invoices on the notifiable invoices register; and

(b) reporting back to the Assembly on the outcomes of this assessment by 1 July 2018.

I will be brief, as I foreshadowed this yesterday. This motion commits that the government will look at opportunities to improve the connections between our contracts and financial systems and processes to improve reporting and compliance controls. As part of the analysis, we will assess the costs and impacts associated with this work to enable us to make an informed decision on the best way forward. We will report the outcomes of this assessment back to the Assembly by the date in the motion.

MR COE (Yerrabi—Leader of the Opposition) (4.02): I move:

Omit paragraph (2)(b), substitute:

“(b) reporting back to the Assembly on the outcomes of this assessment by no later than the first sitting day of June 2018;


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