ACT Legislative Assembly


Standing Committee on Public Accounts

Members: Mrs Vicki Dunne MLA (Chair), Ms Tara Cheyne (Deputy Chair), Ms Bec Cody MLA, Ms Nicole Lawder MLA

Committee Secretary: Dr Brian Lloyd

Phone: (02) 620 50137

Email: LACommitteePA@parliament.act.gov.au

InquiryStartedStatus
1. Inquiry into Annual and Financial Reports 2015-2016 16 February 2017(Referred)11 May 2016 (Completed)
2. Inquiry into Annual and Financial Reports 2016-201726 October 2017 (Referred)20 March 2018 (Completed)
3. Inquiry into Appropriation Bill 2017-2018 (No 2) and Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2017-2018 (No 2)15 February 2018 (Referred)10 April 2018 (Completed)
4. Inquiry into the methodology for determining rates and land tax for strata residences15 February 2018 (Referred)20 September 2018 (Completed)
Inquiry into Auditor-General's Report No. 7 of 2016: Certain Land Development Agency Acquisitions17 March 2017 - Adopted for further inquiry (246A made 28 March 2018)On-going
Inquiry into Auditor-General's Report No. 1 of 2017: WorkSafe ACT’s management of its regulatory responsibilities for the demolition of loose-fill asbestos contaminated houses

17 March 2017 - Adopted for further inquiry (246A made 28 March 2018)

On-going
Inquiry into Auditor-General's Report No. 3 of 2018: Tender for the sale of block 30 (formerly block 20) Section 34 Dickson28 February 2018 - Adopted for further inquiry (246A made 20 March 2018)On-going
Inquiry into Auditor-General's Report No. 8 of 2018: Assembly of rural land west of Canberra4 July 2018 - Adopted for further inquiry (246A made 18 September 2018)On-going
Inquiry into Annual and Financial Reports 2017-201825 October 2018 (Referred)On-going
Inquiry into commercial rates29 November 2018 (Referred)On-going

In accordance with the Committee’s terms of resolution of establishment all reports of the Auditor-General presented to the Legislative Assembly for the ACT are referred to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for examination.

Procedures the Public Accounts Committee adopts in examining reports of the Auditor-General

A summary of the current procedures the ACT Standing Committee on Public Accounts (ACT PAC) adopts in examining reports of the ACT Auditor-General is available here.

Government Guidelines for responding to Auditor-General’s Reports

The Government has issued guidelines for responding to performance audit reports by the Auditor-General in April 2016. The guidelines are available at: https://www.cmtedd.act.gov.au/policystrategic/cabinet/assembly-liaison

Auditor-General’s Reports referred to the Public Accounts Committee  - Ninth Assembly

View Auditor-General's Reports from ACT Audit Office

No.Auditor-General's Reports

Report released/

presented

Government Response presented

StatusInquiry concluded
12/20182017-18 Financial Audits - Financial Results and Audit Findings13/12/2018   
11/20182017-18 Financial Audits Overview21/11/2018 27/11/2018   
10/2018ACT Audit Office Annual Report 2017-1803/08/2018 14/08/2018N/AConsider as part of the inquiry into Annual and Financial Reports 2017-2018On-going
09/2018ACT Health’s management of
allegations of misconduct and complaints about inappropriate workplace behaviour
02/08/2018 02/08/2018   
08/2018Assembly of rural land west of Canberra29/06/2018 31/07/201820/09/2018Adopted for further inquiry on 04/07/2018 and 246A statement made 18/09/2018On-going
07/2018Five ACT public schools' engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, families and community28/06/2018 31/07/201825/10/2018Refer report to the Standing Committee of Education, Employment and Youth Affairs for its consideration on 18/09/201818/09/2018
06/2018Physical Security31/05/2018 05/06/201820/09/2018No further Inquiry—246A statement made 18/09/201818/09/2018
05/2018ACT Clubs' Community Contributions27/04/2018 05/06/201831/07/2018Adopted for further inquiry and 246A statement made 18/03/2018
No further inquiry—246A statement made 30/10/2018
30/10/2018
04/20182016-17 Financial Audits - Computer Information Systems28/02/2018 20/03/201831/07/2018  
03/2018Tender for the sale of block 30 (formerly block 20) Section 34 Dickson21/02/2018
22/02/2018
07/06/2018Adopted for further inquiry on 28/02/2018 and 246A statement made 20/03/2018On-going
02/2018ACT Government strategic and accountability indicators01/02/2018 13/02/201805/06/2018  
01/2018Acceptance of Stormwater Assets31/01/2018 13/02/201805/06/2018  
11/20172016-17 Financial Audits - Financial Results and Audit Findings (No Recommendation)06/12/2017 13/02/2018N/ALetter from Chief Minister tabled 20/03/201820/03/2018
10/20172016-17 Financial Audits - Overview (No Recommendation)24/11/2017 28/11/2017N/ALetter from Chief Minister tabled 20/03/201820/03/2018
9/2017ACT Audit Office 2016-17 Annual Report12/10/2017 24/10/2017N/AConsider as part of the inquiry into Annual and Financial Reports 2016-2017
Committee Report released 20/03/2018
20/03/2018
8/2017Select ACT Government agencies' management of public art12/10/2017 24/10/201713/02/2018No further Inquiry—246A statement made 20/03/201820/03/2018
7/2017Public Housing Renewal Program27/06/2017 01/08/201724/10/2017No further Inquiry—246A statement made 20/03/201820/03/2018
6/2017Mental Health Services - Transition from Acute Care23/06/2017 01/08/201724/10/2017No further Inquiry—246A statement made 20/03/201820/03/2018
5/2017Maintenance of Selected Road Infrastructure Assets09/06/2017 01/08/2017 24/10/2017No further Inquiry—246A statement made 20/03/201820/03/2018
 4/2017Performance Information in ACT Public Schools31/05/2017 06/06/2017 15/08/2017No further Inquiry—246A statement made 20/03/201820/03/2018
3/20172015-16 Financial Audits - Computer Information Systems05/05/2017 09/05/2017 24/08/2017Adopted for further inquiry—246A statement made 08/06/2017;
No further Inquiry—246A statement made 20/03/2018
20/03/2018
2/20172016 ACT Election16/02/2017 08/06/2017246A statement made 28/03/2017—write to the Select Committee on 2016 ACT Election and Electoral Act to bring the matter to its attention, Committee report tabled 30/11/201730/11/2017
1/2017WorkSafe ACT’s management of its regulatory responsibilities for the demolition of loose-fill asbestos contaminated houses20/01/2017 14/02/201721/03/2017Adopted for further inquiry—246A statement made 08/06/2017On-going
11/20162015-16 Financial Audits - Financial Results and Audit Finding21/12//2016 14/02/201711/05/2017Adopted for further inquiry—246A statement made 08/06/2017 08/06/2017
10/20162015-16 Financial Audits - Audit Reports07/12/2016 13/12/201711/05/2017No further Inquiry—246A statement made 28/03/2017 08/06/2017
9/2016Commissioner for International Engagement – position creation and appointment process30/11/2016 13/12/201630/03/2017No further Inquiry—246A statement made 20/03/201820/03/2018
8/2016ACT Audit Office Annual Report 2015-1605/10/2016 13/12/2016 N/A

Considered as part of inquiry into Annual and Financial Reports 2015-2016

Committee report released 11/05/2017

11/05/2017

7/2016Certain Land Development Agency Acquisitions30/09/2016 31/10/201614/02/2017Adopted for further Inquiry—246A statement made 28/03/2017On-going

At its meeting of 13 December 2016 the Legislative Assembly resolved to create:

"a Standing Committee on Public Accounts to:

  1. examine:
  2. (A) the accounts of the receipts and expenditure of the Australian Capital Territory and its authorities; and

    (B) all reports of the Auditor-General which have been presented to the Assembly;

  3. report to the Assembly any items or matters in those accounts, statements and reports, or any circumstances connected with them, to which the Committee is of the opinion that the attention of the Assembly should be directed; and
  4. inquire into any question in connection with the public accounts which is referred to it by the Assembly and to report to the Assembly on that question."

On 26 October 2017 the Legislative Assembly resolved to amend:

"Insert after (e)(i)(A), the words:

(AA) matters relating to market and regulatory reform (excluding Access Canberra), public sector management, taxation an revenue."

2016 Strategic Review of the ACT Auditor-General

The Auditor-General Act 1996 was amended in 2013 to provide for a strategic review as opposed to a performance audit. Prior to these legislative changes—the review process encompassed a performance audit only. A performance audit primarily assesses whether the Audit Office conducts its functions effectively and efficiently and in compliance with the relevant legislation. A review or a strategic review may also review the Auditor-General’s legislative functions and other aspects as directed by the relevant Public Accounts Committee. The Report on the 2016 Strategic Review of the ACT Auditor-General, conducted by Mr Des Pearson AO, and tabled in the ACT legislative Assembly on 8 June 2016, view report PDF (3,992 KB).

2010 Independent performance audit of the operations of the ACT Auditor-General and the ACT Audit Office

Part five of the Auditor-General Act 1996 (the Act) provides for audits of the ACT Auditor-General’s Office operations. This includes the audit of financial statements as well as performance audits.

The report of the independent auditor—Independent Performance Audit of the Operations of the ACT Auditor-General and the ACT Audit Office (3 May 2010), conducted by Bob Sendt & Associates, as provided to the Public Accounts Committee was authorised for publication on 11 May 2010.

The Report is available here.

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