Commonwealth Parliamentary Seminar 0905

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Published on July 5, 2009

Author: paulmcleay

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financial scrutiny of the executive nsw pac

Financial Scrutiny of the Executive PUBLIC ACCOUNTS Paul McLeay MP COMMITTEE Chair, PAC

Sunlight is the best of disinfectants

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Spenders

Auditors

Public Representatives

Re ini & ts ns op pr ons n o ou ini es & c p en in ac it o ts te ts d pu res re au rp bl t te ains ic In pl ex Produces accounts of expenditure

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE Functions Public Finance and Audit Act 1983, Section 57 • PAC’s primary functions are to examine:  Total State Sector Accounts  Financial reports of State authorities  Opinions and reports of the Auditor-General Restrictions on the Committee x Government policy, unless inquiry referred by Assembly or Minister x Estimates of proposed expenditure

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE Source of Inquiries Referral by:

• Referral by:  Legislative Assembly

• Referral by:  Legislative Assembly  Minister

• Referral by:  Legislative Assembly  Minister  Auditor-General

The NSW Public Accounts Committee

Referral by:  Legislative Assembly  Minister  Auditor-General  the Committee

Inquiries Functions include reporting on circumstances connected with Auditor-General’s reports

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE Review of Performance Audits • Seek submission from agency 12 months after audit • Refer agency’s submission to A-G for comment • Hearings with agency and A-G • Report to Parliament • Debate in Parliament • Government response within 6 months

• A-G made 15 recommendations • Main issue: Need targets • Committee found Legal Aid implementing 9, considering 2, rejected 3 • Reporting against targets rejected

• PAC made 3 recommendations • Government agreed to primary rec: Legal Aid to report services against targets • Government did not agree to 2 minor recs.

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE Review of Performance Audits Purpose: • Bring together the professional expertise of the Audit Office and political authority and accountability of the PAC

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE Review of Performance Audits Purpose: • Bring together the professional expertise of the Audit Office and political authority and accountability of the PAC • Ensure recommendations of value are not forgotten Agency revised responses for hearing

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE Review of Performance Audits Purpose: • Bring together the professional expertise of the Audit Office and political authority and accountability of the PAC • Ensure recommendations of value are not forgotten • Allow both recommendations and responses to be tested in the political arena Explain any rejection of recommendations Demonstrate how any problems have been addressed

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE Review of Performance Audits Purpose: • Bring together the professional expertise of the Audit Office and political authority and accountability of the PAC • Ensure recommendations of value are not forgotten • Allow both recommendations and responses to be tested in the political arena • Ensure CEOs account to the Parliament for how they respond to recommendations Outline changes to address issues Explain any lack of progress

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE Review of Performance Audits Purpose: • Bring together the professional expertise of the Audit Office and political authority and accountability of the PAC • Ensure recommendations of value are not forgotten • Allow both recommendations and responses to be tested in the political arena • Ensure CEOs account to the Parliament for how they respond to recommendations • Provide reality check to Audit Office External assessment of recommendation in light of experience

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE Review of Performance Audits Outcome: • Improved accountability & performance of State agencies

Represents public interest Interprets the accounts Spends the money

www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/publicaccounts

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