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Chapter 1 Introduction

Background to the review

1.1                   The Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit (JCPAA) has a statutory duty to examine all reports of the Auditor-General that are presented to the Australian Parliament, and report the results of its deliberations to both Houses of Parliament. In selecting audit reports for detailed review, the Committee considers factors such as:

1.2                   Upon consideration of the twenty-four audit reports presented to Parliament by the Auditor-General between May and August 2012, the Committee selected five reports for further scrutiny.

1.3                   The audit reports reviewed by the JCPAA in detail are listed below:

1.4                   Public hearings for two of the reports were held on:

1.5                   The Committee conducted its reviews of the remaining three reports through written correspondence.

The Committee’s report

1.6                   This report of the Committee’s examination draws attention to the main issues raised at the respective public hearings and in responses to questions on notice. Where appropriate, the Committee has commented on unresolved or contentious issues, and has made recommendations.

1.7                   The Committee’s report is structured as follows:

1.8                   The following appendices provide additional information:

1.9                   A copy of this report, transcripts of hearings and submissions—including responses to the Committee’s written questions—are available on the Committee’s website:

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