Inquiry into Victorian Auditor General's Office Reports

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An important aspect of the Committee’s work is to follow up on matters raised by the Auditor-General in various reports to the Parliament. The Auditor-General’s reports draw Parliament’s attention to financial concerns or issues relating to any public sector agency. The Committee can follow up these matters by virtue of its powers to hold public hearings and take evidence. In this way, matters raised by the Auditor-General are put under the microscope for the benefit of the Parliament and the community.

Under its functions and powers set out in sections 14 and 33 of the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003, the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee has been following up audit reports tabled in Parliament by the Auditor-General every six months.  The Committee prioritises these reports using various criteria including consideration of seriousness of impacts or implications of audit findings, public interest, risks, social impacts, criticality and unresolved disputes, materiality and opportunities to enhance accountability.

The Committee has resolved to retain a broad scope for its terms of reference, that is, to review any aspects of the findings and recommendations contained within those reports.

 

Review of the Findings and Recommendations of the Auditor-General's Reports tabled during July to December 2008

The Committee recently conducted a review of the findings of the Auditor-General reports tabled during July to December 2008. The Committee prioritised the following reports for review and public hearings:

  • Managing Acute Patient Flows (November 2008); and
  • BioSecurity Incidents: Planning and Risk Management for Livestock Disease (November  2008).

 

Public Hearings and Transcripts of Evidence

The Committee held public hearings in relation to:

  • Managing Acute Patient Flows (November 2008); and
  • BioSecurity Incidents: Planning and Risk Management for Livestock Disease (November  2008).


The hearing schedule and transcripts of evidence are available here.

 

 
 

The Committee also reviewed, without public hearings, the following reports:

  • Private Practice Arrangements in Health Services (October 2008);
  • Managing Complaints Against Ticket Inspectors (July 2008);
  • Enforcement of Planning Permits (November 2008); and
  • School Buildings: Planning, Maintenance and Renewal (November 2008).

 

 

 

Report

The Committee tabled the pdf Review of the Findings and Recommendations of the Auditor-General's Reports 2008 1.74 Mb in August 2010.

 

Review of the Findings and Recommendations of the Auditor-General's Reports tabled during March to June 2008

The Committee conducted a review of the findings of the following Auditor-General reports tabled during March to June 2008:

  • Planning for Water Infrastructure in Victoria (April 2008);
  • Patient Safety in Public Hospitals (May 2008);
  • Records Management in the Victorian Public Sector (March 2008);
  • Delivering HealthSMART (April 2008);
  • Victoria's Planning Framework for Land Use and Development (May 2008);
  • Coordinating Services and Initiatives for Aboriginal People (June 2008); and
  • Implementation of the Criminal Justice Enhancement Program (CJEP) (June 2008).

 

 

Public Hearings and Transcripts of Evidence

The Committee held public hearings in relation to:
  • Planning for Water Infrastructure in Victoria (April 2008); and
  • Patient Safety in Public Hospitals (May 2008).
 
 
The hearing schedule and transcripts of evidence are available here.

 

 
 

Report

The Committee tabled the pdf Review of the Findings and Recommendations of the Auditor-General's Reports 2008 1.24 Mb in May 2010.

 

 

Further reports can be found on the Publications page, under 'Review of the Auditor-General reports'.