The Public Accounts Committee plays a key role in public sector accountability and its functions are established under section 57 of the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983.
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 reviews reports made by the Auditor-General, to ensure that agencies respond appropriately to the Auditor-General’s recommendations. As well as reviewing the operation of the Audit Office every four years, the Committee also monitors and reviews the operations of the Parliamentary Budget Officer.