Committee Chair Ms Lucy Wicks MP said, “By taking a thematic approach to these inquiries, the Committee seeks to encourage improvements in key areas of public administration.
“For the first inquiry, we’ll be looking into how governance of public resources can be improved across Commonwealth entities, to ensure Australia’s public sector can continue to deliver better outcomes,” Ms Wicks said.
“The second inquiry will look into regulatory activities—how effectively Commonwealth entities regulate matters in accordance with relevant legislation, including monitoring compliance."
As Parliament’s joint public administration committee, the JCPAA has an important role in holding Commonwealth entities to account. The Committee has the power to initiate its own inquiries. The Committee examines all reports of the Auditor-General tabled in the Parliament and can inquire into any items, matters or circumstances connected with these reports.
Submissions from interested individuals and organisations are invited by Friday January 29, 2020. The preferred method of receiving submissions is by electronic format lodged online using a My Parliament account.
Further information about the inquiries is available on the Committee’s website.
The Committee’s inquiries are based on the following Auditor-General reports:
Governance in the Stewardship of Public Resources
No. 11 (2019-20), Implementation of the Digital Continuity 2020 Policy
No. 31 (2019-20), Management of Defence Housing Australia
No. 39 (2019-20), Implementation of the CSIRO Property Investment Strategy
No. 2 (2020-21), Procurement of Strategic Water Entitlements
No. 9 (2020-21), Purchase of the ‘Leppington Triangle’ Land for the Future Development of Western Sydney Airport
No. 33 (2019-20), Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency’s Regulation of Higher Education
No. 47 (2019-20), Referrals, Assessments and Approvals of Controlled Actions under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
No. 48 (2019-20), Management of the Australian Government’s Lobbying Code of Conduct: Follow-up Audit
No. 5 (2020-21), Regulation of the National Energy Market
No. 8 (2020-21), Administration of Financial Disclosure Requirements under the Commonwealth Electoral Act