Standing Committee on Public Accounts

Members: Mrs Vicki Dunne MLA (Chair), Ms Tara Cheyne MLA (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 2017 (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)
5. Inquiry into Annual and Financial Reports 2017-201825 October 2018 (Referred)19 March 2019
(Completed)
6. Inquiry into commercial rates29 November 2018 (Referred)4 April 2019 (Completed)
7. 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)

1 August 2019 (Completed)
8. 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)28 November 2019 (Completed)
9. Inquiry into Annual and Financial Report 2018-201924 October 2019 (Referred)26 March 2020 (Completed)
10. Inquiry into Appropriation Bill 2019-2020 (No 2)13 February 2020 (Referred)27 March 2020 (Completed)

11. & 12. Inquiry into Auditor-General's Report No. 3 of 2018: Tender for the sale of block 30 (formerly block 20) Section 34 Dickson

Report 11 - Tender for the sale of Block 30 Dickson

Report 12 - Complaint regarding Auditor-General Report No. 3 of 2018

28 February 2018 - Adopted for further inquiry (246A made 20 March 2018)21 May 2020 (Completed)
13. 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)27 August 2029 (Completed)

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
06/2020Transfer of worker’s compensation arrangements from Comcare19/06/2020 02/07/2020   
05/2020Management of household waste services2606/2020 02/07/2020   
04/2020Residential Land Supply and Release29/06/2020 02/07/2020   
03/2020Data Security30/06/2020 02/07/202027/08/2020  
02/20202018-29 Financial Audits -Computer Information systems20/04/2020 07/05/202020/08/2020  
01/2020Shared Services Delivery of HR and Finance Services21/02/2020 02/04/202018/06/2020  
11/2019Maintenance of ACT Government School Infrastructure19/12/2019 11/02/202002/04/2020  
10/20192018-19 Financial Audit - Financial Results and Audit Findings13/12/2019 11/02/202018/02/2020  
09/20192018-19 Financial Audits Overview29/11/2019
11/02/2020
 18/02/2020  
08/2019ACT Audit Office Annual Report 2018-1908/10/2019
22/10/2029
N/AConsider as part of the inquiry into Annual and Financial Reports 2018-2019, Committee report released 19/03/201926/03/2020
07/2019Referral processes for the support of vulnerable children27/06/2019 30/07/201924/10/2019  
06/2019ICT Strategic Planning21/06/2019 30/07/201924/09/2019  
05/2019Management of the System-Wide Data Review implementation program30/05/2019 04/06/201924/09/2019  
04/20192017-18 Financial Audits - Computer Information Systems02/05/2019 14/05/201922/08/2019No further inquiry—246A statement made 06/06/201906/06/2019
03/2019Access Canberra Business Planning and Monitoring23/04/2019 14/05/201922/08/2019No further inquiry—246A statement made 06/06/201906/06/2019
02/2019Recognition and implementation of obligations under the Human Rights Act 200422/02/2019 19/03/201906/06/2019No further inquiry—246A statement made 06/06/201906/06/2019
01/2019Total Facilities Management Procurement18/01/2019 12/02/2019 No further inquiry—246A statement made 06/06/201906/06/2019
12/20182017-18 Financial Audits - Financial Results and Audit Findings13/12/2018 12/02/2019 No further inquiry—246A statement made 06/06/201906/06/2019
11/20182017-18 Financial Audits Overview21/11/2018 27/11/2018 No further inquiry—246A statement made 06/06/201906/06/2019
10/2018ACT Audit Office Annual Report 2017-1803/08/2018 14/08/2018N/AConsider as part of the inquiry into Annual and Financial Reports 2017-2018, Committee report released 19/03/201919/03/2019
09/2018ACT Health’s management of
allegations of misconduct and complaints about inappropriate workplace behaviour
02/08/2018 02/08/201829/11/2018No further inquiry—246A statement made 06/06/201906/06/2019
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 18/09/2018, Committee report released 27/08/2020.27/08/2020
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 06/06/201906/06/2019
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 20/03/201831/07/2018No further inquiry—246A statement made 06/06/201906/06/2019
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 20/03/2018
Committee reports 11 and 12  releases on 21/05/2020.
21/05/2020
02/2018ACT Government strategic and accountability indicators01/02/2018 13/02/201805/06/2018No further inquiry—246A statement made 06/06/201906/06/2019
01/2018Acceptance of Stormwater Assets31/01/2018 13/02/201805/06/2018No further inquiry—246A statement made 06/06/201906/06/2019
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 08/06/2017

246A 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 released 30/11/2017

30/11/2017
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 08/06/2017

Committee report released 01/08/2019
01/08/2019
11/20162015-16 Financial Audits - Financial Results and Audit Finding21/12//2016 14/02/201711/05/2017No further Inquiry—246A statement made 06/06/2017 06/06/2017
10/20162015-16 Financial Audits - Audit Reports07/12/2016 13/12/201711/05/2017No further Inquiry—246A statement made 06/03/2017 06/06/2017
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 28/03/2017, Committee report released 28/11/2019On-going

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

"A Standing Committee on Public Accounts to:

  • examine:
    • the accounts of the receipts and expenditure of the Australian Capital Territory and its authorities; and
    • all reports of the Auditor-General which have been presented to the Assembly;
  • 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
  • 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 (i)(A), the words:

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

Strategic Review of ACT Auditor-General 2020

Under the Auditor-General Act 1996 a strategic review of the Auditor-General must be carried out in each term of the Legislative Assembly for the ACT (s24(1)).

The strategic review is a review of the Auditor-General's functions and a performance audit of the Auditor-General (ss 23(a) & (b)).

The Speaker of the Assembly and the Standing Committee on Public Accounts both play a part in the strategic review process.

The Speaker:

  • at the request of the Committee (ss 25, 26), engages the Strategic Reviewer;
  • receives the Strategic Reviewer's report (s 29(1)); and
  • presents a copy of the report to the Legislative Assembly (s 29(3)).

The Standing Committee:

  • decides when the strategic review will be conducted (s 24(1));
  • decides terms of reference, in consultation with the relevant minister (s 26(1)(a)(i)); and
  • asks the Strategic Reviewer to conduct the review according to the terms of reference (s 26(1)(a)(ii)).

The Report on the 2020 Strategic Review of the ACT Auditor-General, conducted by Mr Des Pearson AO, and tabled in the ACT legislative Assembly on 20 February 2020, view report (PDF, 2MB).

For previous reports of Strategic Review of the ACT Auditor-General, please visit ACT Audit-General website.

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.