Questionnaires - Department Responses
Created: Thursday, 10 October 2013 13:45
Last Updated: Tuesday, 01 April 2014 12:12
The Public Accounts and Estimates Committee has commenced its Inquiry into the Financial and Performance Outcomes for 2012-13. This inquiry is part of the Committee’s ongoing Parliamentary responsibilities for scrutinising and reporting on financial management in Victoria.
Specific Questionnaire - 2012-13 FPO Questionnaire P2
On 28 November 2013 the Committee sent specific questionnaires to departments and nominated agencies.
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development 524.96 Kb
Department of Environment and Primary Industries 84.45 Kb
Department of Health 640.83 Kb
Department of Human Services 826.95 Kb
Department of Justice 501.83 Kb
Department of Parliamentary Services 1.50 Mb
Department of Premier and Cabinet 522.84 Kb
Department of State Development Business and Innovation 562.65 Kb
Department of Treasury and Finance 653.63 Kb
Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure 569.30 Kb
General Questionnaire - 2012-13 FPO Questionnaire P1
As part of this inquiry, on 24 September 2013 the Committee sent out questionnaires to departments and nominated agencies. The information provided in response to this questionnaire is crucial for the Committee in preparing its report.
Documents in response to Question 1 will not be published.
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Department of Environment and Primary Industries
Department of Health
Department of Human Services
Department of Justice
Department of Parliamentary Services
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Department of State Development and Business and Innovation
Department of Treasury and Finance
Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure
Victorian Auditor-General's Office
Terms of Reference
Created: Thursday, 10 October 2013 13:44
Last Updated: Thursday, 17 October 2013 09:51
Inquiries into Financial and Performance Outcomes
The Committee's overall objective of reviewing financial and performance outcomes is to provide the Parliament and the community with meaningful information about results achieved compared to expectations, and so assist in the process of making informed assessments about the content of public accounts and achievement against planned priorities.
The Committee will consider making recommendations about the form and content of the annual accounts, financial papers and annual reports as well as about specific outcomes judged, where appropriate, against performance objectives and planned priorities.
The inquiry has an important role in examining public accounts to seek improved performance and accountability of government departments and agencies to Parliament and the community for the money raised and spent each year.
- to examine the published financial statements and public accounts of the government, departments and agencies;
- to provide commentary on any major variances between targets and achievements (that is, what the government said it would achieve and what was actually achieved) where the Committee believes that further information obtained through the inquiry process would enhance transparency;
- to examine various aspects about how accountable, effective and efficient departments and agencies have been in delivering initiatives and programs outlined in the Government's budget and annual financial and economic statements or annual planning documentation;
- to identify constructive and relevant recommendations on ways in which performance and disclosure can be improved in future.
In appreciating the importance of evaluating program outcomes on an ongoing basis to assess whether planned objectives and outcomes are being achieved, the Committee maintains that the concept of outcome evaluation is primarily a role for departments and agencies to foster as part of formulating policy and performing their governance role.
With this background in mind, the Committee's outcomes inquiry does not propose to examine impacts at a micro level but intends to provide information at a macro level that will be useful to program administrators at a policy and operational level for the purposes of :
- promoting the concept of continuous improvement in performance and disclosure; and
- consistency and cohesiveness in whole-of-government reporting, target-setting, disclosure and achievement of performance measures.
The estimates process and the examination of outcomes
This follow-up process complements the Committee's ex-ante responsibilities of reviewing the budget estimates. By reviewing the Government's financial and performance outcomes for the previous financial year, the Committee's outcomes report completes the yearly cycle of ongoing accountability.
Financial and performance outcomes defined
A financial and performance outcome is defined as a result that has been achieved, in any given financial year, either in a financial or performance context, from an activity funded by the Parliament.
These outcomes are recorded in the public accounts of departments and agencies which are formally audited by the Auditor-General.
The Inquiry into Financial and Performance Outcomes examines the public accounts in terms of outputs delivered by departments and agencies. It also examines certain aspects relating to the performance of departments and agencies for their effectiveness and efficiency.
The Committee's inquiry analyses the public accounts and related financial and performance information contained in a range of documents that include:
- the quarterly financial reports;
- the annual financial report;
- annual reports of departments and key agencies, the parliamentary departments and the Victorian Auditor-General's Office;
- departmental responses to the Committee's outcomes questionnaire;
- the government's budget papers; and
- reports of the Victorian Auditor-General and other authoritative organisations.
The inquiry looks at public expenditure against the expressed purposes of government for that expenditure as contained in documents tabled in Parliament as well as in public policy statements.
The scope of the Committee's inquiry remains within the context of accepted government policy. The Committee does not generally seek to explore alternative policy questions or to compare fiscal outcomes against other policy contexts.
Performance is measured against:
- desired or intended expectations as stated in policy and budget announcements about government initiatives;
- quantitative, qualitative, timeliness and cost targets;
- stated objectives in budget, departmental and agency strategic planning documents; and
- the objectives set out in Federal programs of national and state significance.
Content and News
Created: Thursday, 10 October 2013 13:43
Last Updated: Thursday, 17 October 2013 09:50
The Public Accounts and Estimates Committee has commenced its Inquiry into Financial and Performance Outcomes 2012-13.
This inquiry is part of the Committee’s ongoing responsibility to scrutinise and report to the Parliament on financial management in Victoria. As part of this inquiry, the Committee is sending out questionnaires to departments and selected agencies. The information provided in response to this questionnaire is crucial for the Committee in preparing its report.
Responses to the questionnaires as well as the Committee's final report will be posted in due course.