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Annual Report 2020-21, Public Accounts Committee



Annual Report 2020-21, Public Accounts Committee

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Tabled Paper 331


Tabled Papers for 14th Assembly 2020 -; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT






Tabled by Joel Bowden


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Matters followed up by the Committee 11 3 Matters followed up by the Committee Auditor-Generals Briefings 3.1 The Auditor-General, Mrs Julie Crisp, provided two private briefings to the Committee during the reporting period on the findings of agency audits reported to the Assembly from December 2020 to March 2021. Incorrect Payment of Superannuation 3.2 In November 2020 the Auditor-General provided a private briefing to the Committee on her report on the incorrect payment of superannuation tabled in the Assembly on 20 October 2020.The audit was undertaken as the result of a direction issued by the Chief Minister under section 14 of the Audit Act 1995. 3.3 The Committee wrote to the Commissioner for Public Employment and the Chief Executive of the Department of Corporate and Digital Development seeking advice on the progress in implementing the Auditor-Generals recommendations. The Committee received a joint response from the agencies. The Auditor-General advised the Committee that she was following up further with both agencies on the implementation of her recommendations and that a report is expected to be tabled in the Assembly in August 2021. 3.4 The Committee wrote to both agencies to advise them that it is planning to hold a public hearing with both agencies following the tabling of the Auditor-Generals report. Aboriginal Special Measures Recruitment and Selection Policy 3.5 The Committee invited the Commissioner for Public Employment to a private briefing in May 2021 to seek information on the effectiveness of the Aboriginal Special Measures Recruitment and Selection Policy in achieving its aims of increasing Aboriginal recruitment; providing greater promotional opportunities for Aboriginal people; and increasing Aboriginal representation in senior leadership roles. 3.6 The Commissioner provided comprehensive information during the briefing and foreshadowed the imminent release of the Aboriginal Employment and Career Development Strategy 2021-2025. 3.7 The Committee was satisfied that progress continues to be made under the policy, despite the targets for Aboriginal recruitment and representation in senior leadership roles having not yet been met, and that an inquiry into the policy was not warranted at that point in time. Local Decision Making 3.8 The Committee invited representatives from the Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet to a private briefing in May 2021 on the governments Local Decision Making Framework. In view of the importance of the Framework, the Committee resolved to undertake an inquiry into Local Decision Making in accordance with the following terms of reference:

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