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
19/11/2014 Report of the Public Accounts Committee of the 55th Parliament (Completed)
02/07/2014 Tenancy Management in Social Housing (Commenced)
02/07/2014 Examination of Auditor-General’s Performance Audit Reports May 2013 – July 2013 (Completed)
15/05/2014 Follow up of the Auditor-General’s 2013 Financial Audit Reports (Completed)
12/03/2014 Planning NSW Infrastructure for the Twenty-Second Century (Completed)
05/03/2014 Follow up of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits September 2012 - March 2013 (Completed)
19/09/2013 Follow up of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits April 2012 – August 2012 (Completed)
15/07/2013 Cogeneration and Trigeneration in New South Wales (Completed)
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)

During the current parliament, the committee has or plans to table the following reports:
Report DateName of the report
19/11/2014Report of the Public Accounts Committee of the 55th Parliament
18/11/2014Tenancy management in social housing
06/11/2014Follow up of Repeat Recommendations from the Auditor-General's 2013 Financial Audit Reports
06/11/2014Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audit Reports May 2013 - July 2013
12/08/2014Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audit Reports September 2012 - March 2013
19/06/2014Planning NSW Infrastructure for the Twenty-Second Century
08/05/2014Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits April 2012 - August 2012
27/03/2014Polygeneration in New South Wales
19/11/2013Follow up of the Auditor-General's 2012 Financial Audit Reports
23/10/2013Examination of the Auditor-General’s Performance Audits, October 2011 – March 2012
18/09/2013Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Audit Office of NSW
15/08/2013Quadrennial Review of the Audit Office 2013
31/05/2013Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits April 2011 - September 2011
30/05/2013Procurement and Management of ICT Services in the NSW Public Sector
29/05/2013Report on the Australasian Council of Public Accounts Committees Conference
21/11/2012The Economics of Energy Generation
20/09/2012Report on the Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits September 2010 - February 2011
09/05/2012Report on The Follow-up of Repeat Recommendations from the Auditor-General's Financial Audits 2010
21/02/2012Report on the Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits October 2009 - June 2010
10/11/2011Report on Recommendations of Public Accounts Committee of the 54th Parliament
15/09/2011Conduct of the 2009 Review of the Audit Office under Section 48A of the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983
(there are also 102 reports from past Parliaments).

Members (click to show)

Position
Chair: Mr Jonathan O'DEA (Lib, LA Member).
Vice Chair: Dr Geoff LEE (Lib, LA Member).
Members:Mr Michael DALEY (ALP, LA Member)
 Mr Greg PIPER (Ind, LA Member)
 Mrs Roza SAGE (Lib, 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 OfficerLeon Last02 9230 305102 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