On Wednesday, 31 July 2019 the Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator the Jonathon Hon Duniam, asked the Committee to inquire into and report on the National Museum of Australia - Redevelopment of the current permanent galleries into three distinct spaces as part of the National Museum of Australia's asset replacement program.
More information about the public works proposal can be found in the submission made by the proponent entity. Pursuant to s 24 of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the Committee is empowered to consider evidence from previous parliaments. The submissions for this project can be found at the lapsed inquiry page. The Committee's terms of reference are contained in subsection 17(3) of the Public Works Committee Act 1969.
Essentially, the Committee is required to report as expeditiously as practicable on:
- the stated purpose of the proposed work and its suitability for that purpose
- the need for the work
- the cost-effectiveness of the proposal
- the amount of revenue it will produce if the work is revenue producing the current and prospective value of the work.