Audit Committee continues hearings on Commonwealth grants

Issue date: Friday, 17 March 2023

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The Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit will hold a public hearing on Friday 17 March for its inquiry into Commonwealth grants administration.

The hearing will focus on equity, decision-making and matters relating to the allocation of funding under three programs: Urban Congestion Fund, Regional Growth Fund and the Modern Manufacturing Initiative.

Committee Chair, Mr Julian Hill MP, noted that these three programs have had significant funding commitments and expenditure by the Australian Government, making them worthy of further scrutiny.

“In the last public hearing held on 3 March, the Committee examined a number of grants programs that had been subject to audits by the Australian National Audit Office,” Mr Hill said. “In the upcoming session, we are keen to see whether the issues identified by the Auditor-General in the audit reports are recurring in these other programs.”

“The Committee will also hold two roundtables in the afternoon, on integrity in Commonwealth grants administration and on grant applicant experiences.”

Details for the public hearings are:

Friday 17 March 2023
: 9.00am – 3.15pm
Venue: Committee Room 2R1, Parliament House, Canberra
Inquiry into Commonwealth Grants Administration

Further information about the inquiry is available on the Committee website.

Media inquiries

Mr Julian Hill MP, Chair of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit on
(02) 6277 2174 (Parliament House) or (03) 9791 7770 (Electorate Office). 

For background information

Committee Secretariat
02 6277 4615

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