Legislative Assembly Public Accounts Committee (PAC)

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is a current statutory committee of the Legislative Assembly, re-established 28 May 2015.

The Public Accounts Committee plays a key role in public sector accountability. The Committee examines the Government’s use of resources and the financial operations of state agencies. It also looks at both financial probity and regularity, and focuses on whether agency programs are achieving their objectives.
The Committee also looks at reports made by the Auditor-General, to ensure that agencies respond appropriately to the Auditor-General’s recommendations. The Committee reviews the operation of the Audit Office every four years.
In addition, the Committee may monitor and review the operations of the Parliamentary Budget Officer.

Inquiries (click to show)

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

ReferredInquiry Name
 Parliamentary Budget Office 2015 Post-election Report (Report Tabled)
19/11/2015 Inquiry into the Management of NSW Public Housing Maintenance Contracts (Commenced)
22/10/2015 Examination of the Auditor-General’s Performance Audit Reports September 2013 – July 2014 (Drafting Final Report)

Records of 86 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)

During the current parliament, the committee has or plans to table the following reports:
Report DateName of the report
13/10/2015Report on the Parliamentary Budget Office 2015 Post-election Report
(there are also 103 reports from past Parliaments).

Members (click to show)

Position
Chair: Mr Bruce NOTLEY-SMITH (Lib, LA Member).
Deputy Chair: Mr Mark TAYLOR (Lib, LA Member).
Members:Mr Stephen BROMHEAD (Nat, LA Member)
 Mr Michael DALEY (ALP, LA Member)
 Mr Lee EVANS (Lib, LA Member)
 Mr Greg PIPER (Ind, LA Member)

Contact (click to show)

RoleNamePhoneFaxEmail
Main contactBjarne Nordin(02) 9230 2843 pac@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Postal address (click to show)

Public Accounts Committee
Parliament House
Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Terms of Reference establishing Committee (click to show)

Resolution passed in the Legislative Assembly on 28 May 2015, Votes and Proceedings No 9, Item 2.

Legislative Assembly 28 May 2015 Votes and proceedings no 9 item 2.pdfLegislative Assembly 28 May 2015 Votes and proceedings no 9 item 2.pdf

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