Audit committee public hearings to examine grants and procurement administration

Issue date: Thursday, 2 March 2023

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The Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit will hold public hearings on Friday 3 March for its inquiries into Commonwealth grants administration and Commonwealth procurement.

The grants inquiry is considering ways to strengthen the integrity and improve the administration of Commonwealth grants. The inquiry follows recent audits by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) which have uncovered some issues with the management of certain programs.

The hearing will focus on Commuter Car Parks projects within the Urban Congestion Fund, the Building Better Regions Fund, and the Safer Communities Program.

Committee Chair Mr Julian Hill MP noted concerns raised in these audit reports about the effectiveness and fairness of grants administration.

‘The Committee will look into how grants were being awarded, what changes agencies are making to address the problems uncovered by the audit office, and what else needs to be done’, Mr Hill said.

The procurement inquiry will hear from the ANAO about its recent information report on trends in Australian government procurement reporting on the AusTender website.

Details for the public hearings are:

Friday 3 March 2023
: 8.30am – 4.15pm
Venue: Committee Room 2R1, Parliament House, Canberra
Inquiry into Commonwealth Procurement
Inquiry into Commonwealth Grants Administration

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

Media inquiries

Mr Julian Hill MP, Chair of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit
(03) 9791 7770 (Electorate Office).

For background information

Committee Secretariat
02 6277 4615

For more information about this Committee, you can visit its website. On the site, you can make a submission to an inquiry, read other submissions, and get details for upcoming public hearings. You can also track the Committee and receive email updates by clicking on the blue ‘Track this Committee’ button in the bottom right-hand corner of the page.

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