Legislative Assembly Public Accounts Committee (PAC)

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is a current statutory committee of the Legislative Assembly, established 4 Sep 1902, re-established 22 June 2011.

The Public Accounts Committee has responsibilities under Part 4 of the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983 to inquire into and report on activities of Government that are reported in the Total State Sector Accounts and the accounts of the State’s authorities.

The Committee, which was first established in 1902, scrutinises the actions of the Executive Branch of Government on behalf of the Legislative Assembly. The Committee recommends improvements to the efficiency and effectiveness of government activities. 

A key part of Committee activity is following up aspects of the Auditor-General’s reports to Parliament. The Committee may also receive referrals from Ministers, the Legislative Assembly and the Auditor-General to undertake inquiries.

The Public Accounts Committee also has responsibilities under Section 15 of the Parliamentary Budget Officer Act 2010 to monitor and review the operations of the Parliamentary Budget Office.

Inquiries (click to show)

During the current parliament, the following inquiries have been undertaken by the committee:

ReferredInquiry Name
05/03/2014 Follow up of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits September 2012 - March 2013 (Submissions Being Received)
19/09/2013 Follow up of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits April 2012 – August 2012 (Commenced)
15/07/2013 Cogeneration and Trigeneration in New South Wales (Report Tabled)
09/05/2013 Follow up of the Auditor General’s 2012 Financial Audit Report (Completed)
02/05/2013 Australasian Council of Public Accounts Committees (ACPAC) Conference (Completed)
27/03/2013 Follow up of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits October 2011 - March 2012 (Completed)
21/02/2013 Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Audit Office of NSW (Completed)
21/02/2013 Quadrennial Review of the Audit Office 2013 (Completed)
20/09/2012 Follow up of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits April 2011 - September 2011 (Completed)
23/08/2012 Procurement and management of ICT services in the NSW public sector (Completed)
16/02/2012 Follow up of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits September 2010 - February 2011 (Completed)
23/11/2011 Inquiry into the Economics of Energy Generation (Completed)
19/10/2011 Report on Recommendations of Public Accounts Committee of the 54th Parliament (Completed)
26/08/2011 Follow up of Auditor-General's 2010 Financial Audit Reports (Completed)
26/08/2011 Conduct of the 2009 Review of the Audit Office under S48A of the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983 (Completed)
23/06/2011 Follow up of Auditor-General's Performance Audit Reports October 2009 to September 2010 (Completed)

Records of 65 earlier inquiries conducted by the committee are also available online.

Submissions invited (click to show)


The committee is not actively receiving submissions at present. Past submissions may be available under the relevant inquiry.

Reports and government responses (click to show)

Members (click to show)

Position
Chair: Mr Jonathan O'DEA (Lib, LA Member).
Vice Chair: Dr Geoff LEE (Lib, LA Member).
Members:Mr Bart BASSETT (Lib, LA Member)
 Mr Michael DALEY (ALP, LA Member)
 Mr Greg PIPER (Ind, LA Member)
 Mr John WILLIAMS (Nat, LA Member)

Contact (click to show)

RoleNamePhoneFaxEmail
Main contactElaine Schofield02-9230 222602-9230 3052pac@parliament.nsw.gov.au
Committee ManagerAbi Groves02 9230 343802 9230 3052pac@parliament.nsw.gov.au
Research OfficerSarah-Anne Fong02 9230 227702 9230 2828pac@parliament.nsw.gov.au
Research OfficerLeon Last 02 9230 3052pac@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Postal address (click to show)

Public Accounts Committee, Parliament House, SYDNEY NSW 2000

Terms of Reference establishing Committee (click to show)

Resolution passed 22 June 2011, 55th Parliament, Votes and Proceedings No.23, Item 12, Page 4

1. In accordance with section 54(2) of the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983, the following members be appointed to serve on the Public Accounts Committee:
Mr Bart Bassett, Mr Michael Daley, Dr Geoff Lee, Mr Jonathan O'Dea, Mr Greg Piper* and Mr John Williams. *Amended 21 March 2013.

2. The Committee have leave to make visits of inspection within the State of New South Wales and other States and Territories of Australia.

Further reading (click to show)

The functions of the Committee as set out in s57 of the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983 are follows:

(a) to examine the consolidated financial statements and general government sector financial statements transmitted to the Legislative Assembly by the Treasurer,

(b) to examine the financial reports of authorities of the State, being financial reports that have been:

    (i) audited by the Auditor-General or an auditor appointed under section 47 (1), or
    (ii) laid before the Legislative Assembly by a Minister of the Crown,

(c) to examine the opinion or any report of the Auditor-General transmitted with the consolidated financial statements and general government sector financial statements or laid before the Legislative Assembly with the financial report of an authority of the State (including any documents annexed or appended to any such opinion or report),

(c1) to examine any report of the Auditor-General laid before the Legislative Assembly,

(d) to report to the Legislative Assembly from time to time upon any item in, or any circumstances connected with, those financial reports, reports or documents which the Committee considers ought to be brought to the notice of the Legislative Assembly,

(e) to report to the Legislative Assembly from time to time any alteration which the Committee thinks desirable in the form of those financial reports or in the method of keeping them or in the method of receipt, expenditure or control of money relating to those financial reports,

(f) to inquire into, and report to the Legislative Assembly upon, any question in connection with those financial reports which is referred to it by the Legislative Assembly, a Minister of the Crown or the Auditor-General, and

(g) to inquire into expenditure by a Minister of the Crown made without Parliamentary sanction or appropriation or otherwise than in accordance with the provisions of this Act or any other Act and report to the Legislative Assembly from time to time upon any matter connected with that expenditure which the Committee considers ought to be brought to the notice of the Legislative Assembly.

Relevant Links:

NSW Audit Office

Public Finance and Audit Act .

List of Auditor-General's performance audit reports and PAC follow up inquiries

List of Auditor Generals performance audit reports.pdfList of Auditor Generals performance audit reports.pdf