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Chapter 2 Performance Reporting

Background

2.1                   The Shareholder Ministers’ Third National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout Performance Report (the Performance Report) covers the six month period ended on 30 June 2012.

2.2                   The Third Performance Report includes:

2.3                   This chapter outlines and discusses the performance information associated with the physical NBN rollout. Discussion on additional NBN rollout issues such as medical alarms and providing a fibre connection to multi-dwelling units is included in Chapter 5. An outline of the progress on regulatory and pricing issues is included in Chapter 3. Remaining issues relating to regional and remote Australia are discussed in Chapter 4.

Key Features of the Performance Report

Format and Content

2.4                   The Third Performance Report provides an overview of the status of the NBN rollout in a similar format to the previous performance report. The KPIs table at the back of the report provides an overall snapshot of the progress of completion of the fibre, fixed wireless and satellite networks. Unaudited financial results for the NBN Co Group have continued to be included within the Performance Report.

2.5                   The main difference in the presentation of the information contained in the Performance Report is that the data for the fixed wireless and satellite networks has now been combined.

2.6                   A map of the places visited by the NBN Co Discovery Truck (covering New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria) is included as an attachment for the first time.

2.7                   A similar qualifying statement as included in previous Performance Reports, supporting the status of the NBN rollout is included. The NBN Co has stated in the preamble to its ‘Corporate KPI’ tables:

This is the third report and as such reflects initial reporting while systems and reporting processes are still in development. The data will become more meaningful against actual and forecast measures as the reporting series builds up over time. This report is consistent with a start-up company in the early years of the rollout. Further KPIs will be brought online as agreed with the Shareholders.[2]

2.8                   In response to the change in KPIs and comparing NBN rollout performance against targets into the future, the NBN Co stated:

The KPI reporting framework has been broadly consistent across each of the three progress reports provided to the [committee]. The indicators included in future reports will be expanded so that, over time, the reports will include further detail as the company and its reporting systems mature and the rollout ramps up. KPIs will measure NBN Co performance against its Corporate Plan targets.[3]

Key Performance Indicators

New Targets and Timeframes

2.9                   The NBN Co Corporate Plan sets out a revised table of NBN targets for premises passed or covered and premises with active service, but with new classifications of the three technologies under the NBN.[4]

2.10              The Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) Brownfield category remains; fixed wireless and satellite have been combined; and FTTP for Greenfields is represented separately. In addition, figures are presented as cumulative year on year instead of incremental year on year.[5]

2.11              The NBN Co explained the reason for combining the fixed wireless and satellite targets and stated:

The reason we have combined them is that we are finding that, where we are not able to put up a cell site, a tower, we obviously have to use a satellite solution—and we have made that very public. The reason we have then combined them is that we want to have that flexibility in case we cannot get a site approved. ... We are not certain of the break-up, so we thought it best to say: this is the total of those two technologies.[6]

2.12              While ‘the annual run rate is back in line with the 2011-2013 Corporate Plan by FY2015’, changes to deployment forecasts have been attributed to the below factors:[7]

2.13              Tables of targets included in both the 2011-2013 Corporate Plan and the 2012-2015 Corporate Plan follow.

Drawing Target Comparisons

2.14              Comparing the targets of premises passed figures in the NBN Co Corporate Plan 2011-2013 and similar targets in the new NBN Corporate Plan 2012-2015 shows a marked difference in figures.

2.15              For the financial year ended on 30 June 2012, the original target for FTTP Brownfields for Premises Passed or Covered was 132 000, this figure was revised down to 29 000 in the new NBN Co Corporate Plan 2012-2015. The actual figure reached as stated in the Performance Report is 28 860 premises passed. Similarly, the majority of targets originally listed in the NBN Co Corporate Plan 2011-2013 have either been revised down, combined or no original target figure published.

2.16              The legal notice preamble in the NBN Co Corporate Plan 2013-2015 places a caveat on its ‘forward looking statements’. The Legal Notice states:

...Such forward looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors, many of which are beyond NBN Co’s control. While such forward looking statements are based on NBN Co’s best considered professional assessment, NBN Co’s officers do not give any assurance to any third party that the results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward looking statements will actually occur, and such statements should not be relied on or considered to be a representation of what will happen by any third party. Other than as required by NBN Co's reporting obligations to the Commonwealth, NBN Co and its officers have no obligation to update these forward looking statements based on circumstances, developments or events occurring after the date of this Corporate Plan.[9]

2.17              When asked whether the NBN Co had a moral or legal obligation to meet the NBN rollout targets outlined in its revised corporate plan, the NBN Co stated:

I do not think that we have a legal requirement. I can check with our lawyers on this one, but I do not think so.[10]

2.18              Further, during the Third Review the NBN Co stated that it was ‘neither reasonable, nor valid to compare NBN Co’s performance with the deployment forecasts that were included in the December 2010 corporate plan.’ The NBN Co stated:

… it is neither reasonable nor valid to compare NBN Co's performance with the deployment forecasts that were included in the December 2010 corporate plan. However, it is perfectly legitimate to measure NBN Co's performance against the announcements we have made in our 12-month and three-year rollout schedules. We are ready to be measured and held accountable for our performance versus what we have committed to in those rollout schedules, but I would also like to be clear that, if there are any future policy changes, the assumptions in the corporate plan we are about to submit may have to change.[11]

NBN Co Corporate Plan 2011-2013

Table 2.1 Premises Passed or Covered (incremental year on year)[12]

 

FTTP Brownfields

FTTP Greenfields

Build

FTTP Greenfields BOT

Satellite First Release

Wireless

Total

June 2011

13 000

-

45 000

165 000

-

223 000

June 2012

132 000

7000

120 000

-

14 000

273 000

June 2013

805 000

63 000

84 000

-

269 000

1 221 000

Total

950 000

70 000

249 000

165 000

283 000

1 717 000

New NBN Co Corporate Plan 2012-2015

Table 2.2 Premises or Lots Passed or Covered (cumulative year-on-year)[13]

2012-15 CP

Premises or Lots Passed*/Covered YoY

 

FTTP Brownfields

Fixed wireless and satellite

Subtotal brownfields and fixed wireless and satellite

FTTP Greenfields**

Total

FY2011

18 000

165 000

183 000

-

183 000

FY2012

29 000

174 000

203 000

10 000

213 000

FY2013

286 000

320 000

606 000

55 000

661 000

FY2014

1 129 000

374 000

1 503 000

178 000

1 681 000

FY2015

2 499 000

752 000

3 251 000

413 000

3 664 000

FY2016

3 862 000

907 000

4 769 000

763 000

5 532 000

*Greenfields in new developments: lots passed may not equal premises passed depending on developer’s timeframe to build.

**FTTP Greenfields are demand-driven activities which are subject to variations in housing starts and Developer activities (supply of new premises and demand from new developers for NBN Co to install fibre).

NBN Co Corporate Plan 2011-2013

Table 2.3 Premises with Active Service (incremental year on year)[14]

 

FTTP Brownfields

FTTP Greenfields

Build

FTTP Greenfields BOT

Satellite First Release

Wireless

Total

June 2011

-

-

35 000

-

-

35 000

June 2012

5000

5000

92 000

13 000

1000

116 000

June 2013

255 000

55 000

64 000

20 000

25 000

419 000

Total

260 000

60 000

191 000

33 000

26 000

570 000

New NBN Co Corporate Plan 2012-2015

Table 2.4 Premises with Active Service (cumulative year on year)[15]

2012-15 CP

Premises or Lots Passed*/Covered YoY

 

FTTP Brownfields

Fixed wireless and satellite

Subtotal brownfields and fixed wireless and satellite

FTTP Greenfields*

Total

FY2011

600

200

800

-

800

FY2012

3000

10 000

13 000

500

13 500

FY2013

44 000

38 000

82 000

10 000

92 000

FY2014

420 000

64 000

484 000

67 000

551 000

FY2015

1 311 000

100 000

1 411 000

204 000

1 615 000

FY2016

2 559 000

145 000

2 704 000

477 000

3 181 000

*FTTP Greenfields are demand-driven activities which are subject to variations in housing starts and Developer activities (supply of new premises and demand from new developers for NBN Co to install fibre).

Delay in NBN Rollout Commencement

2.19              The NBN Co 2012-2015 Corporate Plan includes adjustments that have been made in regard to the stated nine month delay in the NBN rollout.[16] The NBN Co outlined these delays and stated:

There were a number of reasons, one of which was the ACCC decision on the points of interconnect. They moved from 14, which we had based our network on and designed it for, to 121. That required a rejig of the network—quite a substantial one. We had anticipated getting the national duct data in June. We got it the following March. Of course, the construction contracts themselves took a bit longer for us to negotiate because we terminated a process and went into a new process to make sure that we get value for money for the Australian taxpayer. I have to also say that the issues we talked about with addresses were also quite a task to undertake. We also took on board, on 1 January 2011, the greenfields requirement—and I have some information because I know the committee is interested in greenfields, but it looks like we are out of time to do that—and that was quite a substantial undertaking.[17]

2.20              The ACCC commented on its role in the consideration of the Telstra Structural Separation Undertaking (on which the Telstra Agreement relied for finalisation) and the perception that the ACCC had contributed to the delay in the NBN rollout commencement. The ACCC stated:

...any delay that I have heard potentially attributed to us was potentially the delay in approving the Telstra structural separation undertaking. That took us six and a half months to approve. My understanding was the original NBN timetable meant that that would all be settled by the middle of 2011. As it happened, it never came to us until the end of July, so we never even had it. To have even approved it in one month would have meant that we would have had to just close our eyes and sign. In fact, because we were trying to get interim equivalence and transparency, it was necessarily a complicated issue. I can understand that NBN were forecasting on the basis of an agreement that actually had to be settled between the ACCC and Telstra. So they may have found that hard to judge. I think the key delay was the negotiations between NBN and Telstra. Our role necessarily was always going to take an amount of time—whether that was four, five, six or nine months. These things do take time. I do not think we contributed to the delay at all.[18]

2.21              The NBN Co clarified the events that lead to the delay in the commencement of the NBN rollout and stated:

We are not suggesting that the ACCC contributed to the delay. We anticipated in December 2010 that we would have reached agreement and could start using the national duct data from Telstra—which we need to do all the things that .... [have been] spoken about—by June 2011. That was probably optimistic. We underestimated the length of time and the complexity of reaching final agreement with Telstra and we also did not anticipate the fact that the deal could not commence until after the Telstra [structural separation undertaking] SSU, nor how long that would take. It did not occur until March [2012], so we could not get the national duct data until then. So we could not do the design process that we talked about earlier.[19]

National Broadband Network Rollout Progress

Progress over the Reporting Period

2.22              The Performance Report, similarly to previous reports included the progress information on the NBN rollout over the period from 1 January to 30 June 2012, in addition to developments contributing to the NBN rollout covering the three month period from 1 July to 1 October 2012.

2.23              The key statistical results for the NBN rollout in the reporting period are listed in Table 2.5. For the purposes of comparison and to facilitate identification of progress, results are presented alongside the NBN Co Corporate Plan 2012-2015 targets.

Table 2.5 Key Results of the National Broadband Network Rollout for the six month period ended on 30 June 2012 (Construction commenced and Premises Passed/Covered)

Cumulative Metrics

NBN Co 2012-2015 Corporate Plan Targets (p. 36)

Cumulative current half year as at 30 June 2012

Cumulative previous half year as at 31 Dec 2011

Construction Commenced[20]

 

 

 

Brownfields

 

280 142

77 357

New Development Lots

 

13 885

12 723

Fixed Wireless and Satellite

 

7062

1952

Premises passed (PP)/covered

 

 

 

Brownfields

29 000

28 860

18 243

New Development Lots

10 000

10 054

951

Fixed Wireless and Satellite

174 000

173 885

165 000

Total PP (across the three technologies)

213 000

212 799

 

Source Shareholder Ministers’ Performance Report, Submission 13, p. 5.

2.24              For Premises passed/covered, the half year results show that the NBN Co achieved for:

2.25              Table 2.5 contains a comparison of the totals (across the three network technologies) for the six month period ended 30 June 2012 and shows the NBN Co is just below its total target of premises passed/ covered (213 000), with 212 799 premises covered.[21]

Table 2.6 Key Results of the National Broadband Network Rollout for the six month period ended on 30 June 2012 (Premises Activated)

Cumulative Metrics

NBN Co 2012-2015 Corporate Plan Targets (p. 36)

Cumulative current half year as at 30 June 2012

Cumulative previous half year as at 31 Dec 2011

Premises Activated (PA)

 

 

 

Brownfields

3000

3364

2095

New Development Lots

500

503

110

Fixed Wireless and Satellite

10 000

9669

2197

Total PA (across the three Technologies)

13 500

13 536

 

2.26               As shown in Table 2.6, for Premises Activated, the half year results show that the NBN Co achieved for:

2.27               Comparison of totals (across the three network technologies) for the six month period ended 30 June 2012, shows that while the NBN Co is just below its total target of premises activated for fixed and wireless, overall, the NBN Co has exceeded its target (13 500), with 13 536 premises activated.[22]

Current Progress

2.28              The Government’s Performance Report also includes an update on events that have occurred since the reporting period from 1 July to 1 October 2012.

2.29              The key announcements and events identified in the Performance Report are listed in Table 2.7.

Table 2.7 Key National Broadband Network Rollout Events from 1 July 2012 to 1 October 2012

Date (2012)

Event/Announcement

3 – 12 July

NBN Co announces local government areas in NSW and Qld to receive fixed wireless services from mid to late 2013

12 July

19 July

Optus Agreement authorised by ACCC

8 August

NBN Co’s new Corporate Plan released

9 August

Opening of expanded Prysmian fibre manufacturing facility in Dee Why, NSW

16 August

Report released – Operation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and its application to NBN Co held documents

24 August

Ceduna, SA selected as fourth satellite ground station location

4 September

NBN Co released ‘NBN for Business’ a publication to assist small business ‘to make the most of high speed broadband’

6 September

Silcar and Service Stream are announced as the NBN network maintenance and installation providers over the next two years

NBN fixed wireless services are made available in Geraldton, WA

19 September

Opening of NBN Co’s National Contact Centre at Varsity Lakes, Qld

28 September

1 October

Geraldton, Carnarvon and Kalgoorlie, WA selected as location for three new satellite ground stations

Source Shareholder Ministers’ Performance Report, Submission 13, pp 4-5.

Planned Progress

Table 2.8 Deployment Schedule for 2012-2015 Corporate Plan[23]

Deployment Schedule from FY 2011 to FY2021

June YE

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Brownfields Premises Passed (000’s)

18

29

286

1129

2499

3862

5168

6423

7610

8879

10091

BF Premises passed Daily Run Rate (250 working days/year)

73

42

1028

3372

5482

5450

5225

5020

4746

5078

4847

Greenfields Premises Passed (000’s premises)

-

10

55

178

413

763

1111

1415

1673

1904

2111

GF Premises Passed Daily Run Rate (250 working days/year)

-

40

179

492

941

1400

1392

1215

1033

922

829

Fibre Premises Passed (000’s Premises)

18

39

341

1307

2912

4625

6279

7838

9283

10 783

12 202

Fibre Premises Passed Daily Run Rate (250 working days/year)

73

83

1207

3864

6423

6850

6617

6235

5780

6001

5677

Brownfields Premises Connected (000’s)

1

3

44

420

1311

2559

3566

4578

5468

6195

6939

BF Premises connected Daily Run Rate (250 working days/year)

3

11

161

1504

3565

4991

4029

4047

3562

2908

2976

Greenfields Premises Connected (000’s premises)

-

1

10

67

204

477

775

1017

1227

1412

1574

GF Premises Connected Daily Run Rate (250 working days/year)

-

2

40

227

548

1092

1189

968

841

740

649

Fibre Premises Connected (000’s Premises)

1

4

54

487

1515

3036

4341

5594

6695

7607

8513

Fibre Premises Connected Daily Run Rate (250 working days/year)

3

13

201

1731

4114

6083

5218

5016

4403

3648

3624

Fixed Wireless and Satellite Premises Covered (000’s Premises)

165

174

320

374

752

907

921

934

948

961

974

Fixed Wireless and Satellite Premises Connected (000’s Premises)

0

10

38

64

100

145

161

191

206

219

232

Total Premises Connected – All Platforms (000’ Premises)

1

14

92

551

1615

3181

4502

5785

6901

7827

8745

2.30              Table 2.8 shows the NBN Co’s planned deployment schedule for 2012-2015 for brownfields, greenfields, and fixed wireless and satellite - premises passed, daily run rates, and premises connected.

2.31              By the end of 2012, as shown in Table 2.8, 14 000 premises are planned to be connected across all platforms of the NBN, with this number increasing exponentially to 92 000 by the end of 2013.

2.32              In a statement made in relation to NBN rollout data for the six month period ended on 31 December 2012, the NBN Co stated that it expected NBN rollout to be ‘ramped up’ in the fourth quarter of the 2012-2013 financial year. The NBN Co stated:

The results reflect progress in the early stages of the rollout, and are what we would expect given the time and work necessary to put in place the contracts and agreements needed to get to this point of execution. As can be seen by our targets, this rollout is not a linear progression, but a rapid ramp-up. We are targeting to pass more premises in the final quarter of the financial year than we will have passed in the entire project up to the beginning of that quarter. Additional construction resources will be added over the coming months to help achieve these targets.[24]

NBN Co’s Unaudited Financial Results

2.33              The Shareholder Ministers’ report contains unaudited consolidated financial statements for the NBN Group for the six month period and financial year ended on 30 June 2012.

2.34              As these statements are unaudited they were not accompanied with an auditor’s statement or explanatory notes verifying their non qualification and accuracy respectively.

2.35              When asked about why unaudited financial results instead of audited financial statements were included in the Performance Report, the NBN Co stated:

That is what I would have to refer to the department. This is the Government's report, so I would have to refer it to them.[25]

2.36              The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) subsequently responded that:

The Government's progress reports on the National Broadband Network cover six monthly periods to 30 June and 31 December and are based on information provided by NBN Co.

The financial statements contained within the government's progress reports are not subject to the same auditing arrangements as those applied to annual reports. While NBN Co's annual report had been tabled by the time of the 30 October Joint Committee hearing, preparation of the government's progress report was undertaken separately and was therefore appropriately marked as unaudited.[26]

2.37              In the absence of accompanying explanatory and verification documents, supporting financial information and some information has been taken from the NBN Co 2012 Annual Report and some from the Performance Report.

Equity Funding

2.38              Over the six month period the Government provided $350 million in equity funding to the NBN Co.[27] In reference to equity funding provided, the NBN Co Annual Report states:

To the extent that the Commonwealth has provided for equity funding in forward budget estimates, NBN Co has recorded this as expected equity funding in the Schedule of Commitments. The expected equity funding to the company as at 30 June 2012 is $24.668 billion. As at 30 June 2012 a total of $2.832 billion has been made available to the [NBN Co].[28]


2.39              The current Equity Funding Agreement between NBN Co and the Government was capped at $27.5 billion with reference to the NBN Co Corporate Plan 2011-2013. With the release of the 2012-2015 NBN Co Corporate Plan (which contains revised targets), on 8 August 2012, total equity funding was increased by approximately $3 billion to a total of $30.4 billion.[29]

Financial Result

2.40              Over the six month period, the NBN Co experienced an operating loss of approximately $300 million (exact amount is $299 639 000)[30] with an operating loss of approximately $520 million (exact amount is $520 205 000) for the end of the 12-month period.[31] This is approximately $197 million more than for the previous year. Operational expenditure over the 12-month period to 30 June 2012 was attributed to:


2.41              For the 2011-2012 financial year the NBN Co received revenue of approximately $62 million consisting of telecommunications revenue ($1.9 million), other revenue ($19 000) and interest income (approximately $60 million).[38]

2.42              Total expenses increased from the previous year of $355 837 million to $589 052 million.[39]

2.43              When asked how long the NBN Co expects to be in the position of experiencing an operating loss, the NBN Co stated ’that is in the corporate plan; I think it is 2019.’[40]

2.44              The NBN Co explained the operating loss timeframe and stated:

NBN Co’s projected cash flows are typical of large-scale infrastructure projects that require up front capital and operating expenditure to design and construct the network in order to generate revenue streams in future periods. NBN Co’s revenue streams are gradually projected to build up as the network is rolled out and service providers develop their customer base of end-user premises onto the Fibre, Fixed Wireless and Satellite networks. As revenue streams gradually build up, these are projected to exceed Operating expenditure in FY2019.[41]

Timing of Performance Information

Government’s Performance Report

2.45              The Government’s Performance Report was received by the committee on 23 October 2012.

2.46              In its First Report, the committee recommended that the Government’s six monthly performance report be provided to the committee:

... no later than three months before the committee is due to report to the Parliament.[42]

2.47              Taking into consideration this timeframe, the Government’s Performance Report was due to the committee by the end of September 2012.

Answers to Questions on Notice

2.48              In previous reports there has been substantial discussion about the delay in receiving answers to questions taken on notice by the NBN Co and the DBCDE. In addition, the quality of answers has also been commented on.

2.49              The committee has also commented on the pressure this has placed on it in regard to the timing of its reporting to Parliament. The committee subsequently made recommendations in this regard and has received comment through the Government’s formal responses to reports.

2.50              In an effort to receive answers to questions on notice to supplement the committee’s hearing on 30 October 2012, the committee set an eight day timeframe for receiving answers to questions on notice.

2.51              In correspondence regarding the provision of answers to questions on notice from the 30 October 2012 hearing the DBCDE stated:

The Department and NBN Co aim to deliver answers to questions on notice at the earliest opportunity and to the best extent possible will endeavour to meet the Committee’s deadline. A number of responses have already been tabled with the Committee, and more will be tabled later tomorrow before the 14 November 2012 deadline.... We understand that the NBN Co will be in a position to provide a further 20 responses over the next several days and the remainder shortly thereafter.

To assist the Committee in preparing its report, NBN Co and the Department have prioritised the questions that are relevant to the performance of the NBN in the review period to June 2013.[43]

Concluding Comments

Key Performance Indicators

2.52              The tabular representation of actual results achieved for the physical NBN rollout contained in the Shareholder Ministers’ performance report is not presented in a format which enables comparison with Corporate Plan targets.

2.53              The committee has previously commented on the type of data that should be included in the Shareholder Ministers’ Performance Report to better enable comparison of data across years in line with published NBN rollout targets.

2.54              In particular, the committee reiterates the statements it made in the Third Report that it ‘does not find it meaningful to be provided with data on how many premises have been passed or premises made active between periods or years without any kind of target or benchmark on which to compare this data.’

2.55              In addition, the NBN Co corporate plan presents targets by financial years (covering the periods from 1 July to 30 June), not in six monthly periods as contained in the Shareholder Ministers’ Performance Report.

2.56              In respect to this issue, the committee expects high levels of accountability and transparency from an organisation that is responsible for the design and build of Australia’s largest ever infrastructure project.

2.57              The committee finds that the Performance Report while providing a general overview of the activities associated with the NBN rollout does not easily show which NBN rollout targets have been met over the six month period. The committee has made a recommendation in regard to this finding.

Delay of Commencement of the NBN Rollout

2.58              The committee has now on several occasions during the course of its reviews heard the reasons why the commencement of the NBN rollout has been delayed. Although it is stated in the new NBN Co Corporate Plan that the NBN rollout was delayed, and the rollout timeframe has been extended by six months, it is uncertain whether the NBN rollout is still subject to delay, and the extent of the impact of the previous delay.

2.59              The ACCC has commented that it was not responsible for any delay to the commencement of the NBN rollout as a result of its consideration of the Telstra SSU. The NBN Co has agreed with comments made by the ACCC in this regard.

NBN Co’s Unaudited Financial Results

2.60              The Performance Report again contains unaudited financial statements with the only accompanying disclaimer-type statement being ‘Unaudited financial statements are presented in the following section. Further information is available in the audited financial statements included in the 2011-12 Annual Report.’[44]

2.61              Without an accompanying auditor’s statement or accompanying explanatory notes, the accuracy of financial statements provided in the Performance Report and whether the financial statements were prepared in accordance with accounting standards, may be questioned. Where accounting standards are not followed to prepare financial statements implies that without such rigour in the process, there is more likely to be resulting errors.

2.62              The DBCDE’s response to the reason for providing unaudited financial statements in the Performance Report is not satisfactory. In particular, the DBCDE’s response states that ‘the financial statements contained within the Government's progress reports are not subject to the same auditing arrangements as those applied to annual reports.’

2.63              To then state in the Performance Report that further information is provided in the NBN Co’s Annual Report is unhelpful as the two are not comparable as they were prepared using different methodologies.

2.64              Given that the NBN Co Annual report was released before the Performance Report was provided to the committee, there would have been no reason not to include it in the Performance Report.

2.65              The committee would prefer to receive audited financial statements so that results are certified and so can be verified, and has recommended this course of action.

Timing of Government’s Performance Report

2.66              To date, through four reviews, the Government’s Performance Report has not reached the committee within the three month period that the committee recommended in its First Report.

2.67              One week before the committee’s biannual hearing with the NBN Co, originally scheduled for 8 October 2012, the committee had not yet received the Government’s Performance Report.

2.68              The hearing was subsequently rescheduled from 8 October to 30 October 2012 to accommodate witnesses’ schedules. While this timeframe would have provided additional time for the Government’s Performance Report to reach the committee, the Performance Report was not received by the committee until 23 October 2012. This is four working days prior to the 30 October 2012 biannual hearing.

2.69              Receiving the Government’s Performance Report at least three months before it is required to report to the Parliament allows the committee to undertake its oversight role without any initial delay in the review process.

2.70              While the committee appreciates receiving the Government’s Performance Report ahead of its biannual hearing, it would be preferable for the committee to receive the Performance Report at least one month before the biannual hearing with the NBN Co is scheduled to take place. This would assist the committee in fulfilling its reporting and oversight obligations more uniformly.

Answers to Questions on Notice

2.71              Given the short time available for the committee to finalise its report following its rescheduled biannual hearing with the NBN Co and in an effort to receive answers to questions on notice to supplement the committee’s evidence, an eight day timeframe for receiving answers to questions on notice was put in place.

2.72              The committee appreciates that this timeframe was relatively short and appreciates the efforts of the NBN Co and DBCDE to provide answers to questions on notice within this timeframe.

2.73              Receiving answers to questions on notice in this short timeframe has enabled the committee to meet its reporting obligations and provide more up to date information on the NBN rollout to the Parliament and interested citizens.

Recommendation 1

2.74

The committee recommends that the key performance indicator information presented in the Shareholder Ministers’ six-monthly National Broadband Network (NBN) Performance Report list and detail: (1) established Business Plan targets and (2) actual results which track the progress of the NBN rollout over each six month period as well as yearly, to enable the comparison of actual physical NBN rollout results with published NBN Co Corporate Plan targets.



Recommendation 2

2.75

The committee recommends that the Shareholder Ministers’ six monthly performance report on the progress of the National Broadband Network rollout include audited financial statements with accompanying explanatory notes, and where it is not possible to provide these in the first instance, that they be forwarded to the Joint Committee on the National Broadband Network when prepared, as an addendum to the Performance Report.



Recommendation 3

2.76

The committee recommends that subsequent Shareholder Ministers’ six monthly performance report on the progress of the National Broadband Network rollout be provided to the committee no less than one month before the scheduled biannual hearing with the Joint Committee on the National Broadband Network.

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