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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, no inquiries have been undertaken by the committee.

Records of earlier inquiries undertaken by the committee appear below:

ReferredInquiry Name
23/10/2014   Report of the Public Accounts Committee of the 55th Parliament (Completed)
02/07/2014   Examination of Auditor-General’s Performance Audit Reports May 2013 – July 2013 (Completed)
02/07/2014   Tenancy Management in Social Housing (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   Conduct of the 2009 Review of the Audit Office under S48A of the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983 (Completed)
26/08/2011   Follow up of Auditor-General's 2010 Financial Audit Reports (Completed)
23/06/2011   Follow up of Auditor-General's Performance Audit Reports October 2009 to September 2010 (Completed)
23/06/2010   Government Investment in V8 Supercar Races at Sydney Olympic Park (Commenced)
23/06/2010   Issues arising from the Premature Release of the Draft Reports of the Auditor-General (Report Tabled)
02/06/2010   Environmental Grants Administration – Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Commenced)
02/06/2010   Helping Aboriginal Defendants through MERIT- Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Report Tabled)
02/06/2010   Tackling Cancer with Radiotherapy - Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Report Tabled)
17/03/2010   Grants Administration - Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Report Tabled)
17/03/2010   Improving Road Safety - Heavy Vehicles - Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Commenced)
17/03/2010   Sustaining Native Forest Operations - Examination of the Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Completed)
11/11/2009   Improving Literacy and Numeracy in NSW Public Schools – Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Completed)
11/11/2009   Managing Injured Police - Examination of Auditor-General's Audit Report (Performance Audit) (Completed)
23/09/2009   Delivering Health Care out of Hospitals – Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Completed)
17/06/2009   Recycling and Reuse of Waste by the NSW Public Sector - Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Completed)
19/05/2009   Inquiry into Financial Reporting (Completed)
06/05/2009   Working with hotels and clubs to reduce alcohol-related crime - Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Completed)
11/03/2009   Efficiency of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions - Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Completed)
12/02/2009   Managing Departmental Amalgamations - Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Completed)
19/12/2008   Ageing Workforce - Teachers - Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Completed)
09/12/2008   Inquiry into Sustainable Procurement (Completed)
26/11/2008   Police Rostering - Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Completed)
12/11/2008   Improving Efficiency of Irrigation Water Use on Farms - Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Completed)
20/08/2008   Government Advertising - Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Completed)
20/08/2008   Signal Failures on the Metropolitan Rail Network - Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Completed)
25/06/2008   Dealing with Household Burglaries - Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Completed)
11/06/2008   Connecting with Public Transport - Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Completed)
11/06/2008   Responding to Homelessness - Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Completed)
03/04/2008   Addressing the Needs of Young Offenders - Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Completed)
28/11/2007   Attracting, Retaining and Managing Nurses in Hospitals - Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Completed)
28/11/2007   Distributing Legal Aid in New South Wales - Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Completed)
28/11/2007   Helping Older People Access a Residential Aged Care Facility - Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Completed)
28/11/2007   Major Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Readiness to Respond - Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Completed)
26/09/2007   Administering Domestic Waterfront Tenancies - Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Not Proceeded With)
26/09/2007   Condition of State Roads - Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Completed) (Completed)
26/09/2007   Educating Primary School Students with Disabilities - Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Completed)
26/09/2007   Government Licensing Project - Examination of Auditor-General's Report (Performance Audit) (Not Proceeded With)
26/09/2007   State Plan Reporting (Completed)
29/03/2006   Inquiry into Managing Animal and Plant Diseases (Completed)
23/03/2005   Risk Management in the New South Wales Public Sector (Completed)
17/08/2004   Sustainability Reporting in the New South Wales Public Sector Inquiry (Completed)
23/06/2004   Review of the Operation of Audit Committees (Completed)
27/02/2004   Infringement Processing Bureau (Completed)
22/08/2003   Fire Services Funding (Completed)
03/07/2003   Government (Open Market Competition) Bill 2003 (Completed)
02/07/2003   Academics' Paid Outside Work (Completed)
02/07/2003   Ambulance Service of NSW: Readiness to respond (Completed)
01/11/2002   Inquiry into Reporting and Audit Requirements for Small Agencies (Completed)
19/09/2001   Inquiry into the Timeliness of the Delivery of Schools (Expired)
  Delegation by the Minister for Health (Completed)
  Follow-Ups of Auditor-General's Reports to Parliament 2001: Omnibus Volume (Completed)
  Funding of Capital Projects by NSW Government (Completed)
  General Matters (Completed)
  General Matters (Completed)
  Home and Community Care Program Inquiry (Completed)
  Inquiry into Court Waiting Times (Completed)
  Inquiry into Internal Control Weaknesses in the First Home Owner Grant Scheme (Completed)
  Inquiry into NSW Aboriginal Land Council's Mortgage Loan Investment Scheme (Completed)
  Inquiry into Public Private Partnerships (Completed)
  Inquiry into State Forests' Practice of Trading with Customers that have Defaulted on Renegotiated Repayment Terms (Completed)
  Inquiry into The NSW Grains Board (Completed)
  Inquiry into the School Student Transport Scheme (Completed)
  Reporting and Auditing requirements for Small Agencies (Completed)
  Review of the Audit Office (Completed)
  Review of the Audit Office under s 48A of the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983 (Completed)
  Review of the Audit Office Under Section 48A, Public Finance and Audit Act 1983 (Completed)
  Valuation of The Australian Museum's Collection Assets (Completed)
  Value for Money from New South Wales Correctional Centres (Completed)

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)

The committee has not published any reports during the current parliament.

Records of earlier reports published by the committee appear below:

Report DateName of the report
19/11/2014   Report of the Public Accounts Committee of the 55th Parliament
18/11/2014   Tenancy management in social housing
06/11/2014   Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audit Reports May 2013 - July 2013
06/11/2014   Follow up of Repeat Recommendations from the Auditor-General's 2013 Financial Audit Reports
12/08/2014   Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audit Reports September 2012 - March 2013
19/06/2014   Planning NSW Infrastructure for the Twenty-Second Century
08/05/2014   Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits April 2012 - August 2012
27/03/2014   Polygeneration in New South Wales
19/11/2013   Follow up of the Auditor-General's 2012 Financial Audit Reports
23/10/2013   Examination of the Auditor-General’s Performance Audits, October 2011 – March 2012
18/09/2013   Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Audit Office of NSW
15/08/2013   Quadrennial Review of the Audit Office 2013
31/05/2013   Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits April 2011 - September 2011
30/05/2013   Procurement and Management of ICT Services in the NSW Public Sector
29/05/2013   Report on the Australasian Council of Public Accounts Committees Conference
21/11/2012   The Economics of Energy Generation
20/09/2012   Report on the Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits September 2010 - February 2011
09/05/2012   Report on The Follow-up of Repeat Recommendations from the Auditor-General's Financial Audits 2010
21/02/2012   Report on the Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits October 2009 - June 2010
10/11/2011   Report on Recommendations of Public Accounts Committee of the 54th Parliament
15/09/2011   Conduct of the 2009 Review of the Audit Office under Section 48A of the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983
02/12/2010   Seventh Report on the Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits
02/12/2010   Seventh Report on the Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits
02/12/2010   Seventh Report on the Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits
02/12/2010   Seventh Report on the Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits
08/10/2010   Quality & Timeliness of Financial Reporting
21/09/2010   Issues Arising from the Premature Release of Draft Auditor-General's Reports
21/09/2010   Annual Review 2009-10
24/06/2010   Sixth Report of the Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits
24/06/2010   Sixth Report on the Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits
24/06/2010   Sixth Report on the Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits
09/06/2010   Fifth Report of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits
09/06/2010   Fifth Report on the Examination of the Auditor-General's Reports
09/06/2010   Fifth Report of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits
25/03/2010   Report on Environmentally Sustainable Procurement
29/10/2009   Fourth Report on the Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits
29/10/2009   Fourth Report on The Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits
29/10/2009   Annual Review 2008-09
29/10/2009   Fourth Report on the Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits
03/08/2009   Review of the Audit office under s 48A of the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983
24/06/2009   Report on the Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits Tabled November 2007 to March 2008
24/06/2009   Report on the Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits Tabled November 2007 to March 2008
24/06/2009   Report on the Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits Tabled November 2007 to March 2008
25/03/2009   Report on Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits Tabled March to August 2007
25/03/2009   Report on Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits Tabled March to August 2007
25/03/2009   Report on Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits Tabled March to August 2007
25/03/2009   Report on Examination of the Auditor-General's Performance Audits Tabled March to August 2007
27/11/2008   Report on State Plan Reporting
12/11/2008   Annual Review 2007-08
11/11/2008   Report on Examination of the Auditor-General’s Performance Audits Tabled July 2006 to March 2007
11/11/2008   Report on Examination of the Auditor-General’s Performance Audits Tabled July 2006 to March 2007
11/11/2008   Report on Examination of the Auditor-General’s Performance Audits Tabled July 2006 to March 2007
11/11/2008   Report on Examination of the Auditor-General’s Performance Audits Tabled July 2006 to March 2007
11/11/2008   Report on Examination of the Auditor-General’s Performance Audits Tabled July 2006 to March 2007
11/11/2008   Report on Examination of the Auditor-General’s Performance Audits Tabled July 2006 to March 2007
11/11/2008   Report on Examination of the Auditor-General’s Performance Audits Tabled July 2006 to March 2007
17/10/2007   Annual Review 2006-07
12/01/2007   Inquiry into Home and Community Care Program
23/11/2006   Managing Animal and Plant Diseases
22/11/2006   Annual Review 2005-2006
10/08/2006   Review of the Audit Office Under Section 48A, Public Finance and Audit Act 1983
08/06/2006   Inquiry into Public Private Partnerships
17/11/2005   Sustainability Reporting in NSW Public Sector
10/11/2005   Annual Review 2004-2005
21/09/2005   Value for Money from Correctional Centres
15/09/2005   Risk Management in the NSW Public Sector
07/04/2005   Review of Operations of Audit Committees
07/12/2004   Reporting and Auditing requirements of Small Agencies
20/10/2004   Government (Open Market Competition) Bill 2003 and Visits of Inspection
22/09/2004   Inquiry into Academics' Paid Outside Work
15/09/2004   Inquiry into Infringement Processing Bureau
02/09/2004   Review of Fire Services Funding
03/06/2004   NSW Ambulance Service: Readiness to Respond
20/11/2003   Review of the Audit Office of NSW (2003) under s.48A Public Finance and Audit Act 1983
01/12/2002   Inquiry into the Practice of Trading with Customers who have Defaulted on Renegotiated Repayment Terms
01/12/2002   Annual Review 2001-2002
01/12/2002   Inquiry into the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council’s Mortgage Fund
01/12/2002   First Home Owner Grant Scheme
20/11/2002   Review of Reporting Requirements for Small Agencies - Discussion Paper
14/11/2002   Valuation of The Australian Museum's Collection Assets
01/11/2002   Follow-Ups of Auditor-General’s Reports to Parliament 2001: Omnibus Volume
01/10/2002   Delegation by the Minister for Health
01/10/2002   The Role of Auditing and Accounting in Recent Corporate Collapses
01/10/2002   Case Studies and Issues in the Private Financing of Public Infrastructure and Services
01/06/2002   Inquiry into Court Waiting Times
01/02/2002   Annual Review
01/02/2002   Inquiry into the School Student Transport Scheme
27/06/2001   Industry Assistance
01/06/2001   Annual Report 1999-2000
02/05/2001   Inquiry into the collapse of the NSW Grains Board
18/04/2001   Submission to the Green Paper: "Working with Government Private Financing of Infrastructure and Certain Government Services in NSW"
01/01/2001   Parramatta Rail Link Pre Tender Procurement: A Case Study
24/07/2000   A Matter Arising from the Auditor-General's Reports to Parliament for 1999 Financial Disclosure of the WorkCover Scheme Statutory Funds
24/07/2000   A Matter Arising from the Auditor-General's Reports to Parliament for 1999 Long Term Financial Viability of the Waste Recycling and Processing Service
24/07/2000   A Matter Arising from the Auditor-General's Reports to Parliament for 1999 Cost Control in the Department of Juvenile Justice
01/06/2000   ED100: Arrangements for the Provision of Public Infrastructure by other Entities: Disclosure requirements Discussion Paper
01/02/2000   Problems in the Administration of the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983 during The Review of the Audit Office of New South Wales
01/02/2000   Review of The Audit Office of NSW under Section 48A of the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983
01/04/1996   Review of the Audit Office of NSW Under Section 48A of the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983
01/04/1996   Review of the Audit Office of New South Wales under Section 48A of the Public Finance and Audit Act - Volume One
01/04/1996   Review of the Audit Office of NSW under Section 48A of the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983 - Volume I
01/05/1995   PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ISSUES PAPER - Annual Reports

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