Department of the Legislative Assembly

Public Accounts Committee 12th Assembly

Terms of Reference - Media Releases - Formal Inquiries - Other Briefings

The role of the Public Accounts Committee allows it to examine the accounts of the receipts and expenditure of the Northern Territory, and each statement and report tabled in the Legislative Assembly by the Auditor-General, pursuant to the Financial Management Act and the Audit Act.  The committee may also be directed by the Legislative Assembly, the Administrator, or a Minister, to inquire into and report on any question relating to the public accounts of the Northern Territory.

The Public Accounts Committee for the 13th Assembly here

A list of all Public Accounts Committee reports for can be viewed here

Terms of Reference

Standing Order 177:

(1) A Public Accounts Committee will be appointed at the commencement of each Assembly and have the following duties:

     (a) to examine the accounts of the receipts and expenditure of the Northern Territory and each statement and report tabled in the Legislative Assembly, pursuant to the Financial Management Act and the Audit Act

     (b) to report to the Legislative Assembly with such comments as it thinks fit, any items or matters in or arising in connection with those accounts, statements or reports, or in connection with the receipt or disbursement of the moneys to which they relate, to which the committee is of the opinion that the attention of Parliament should be drawn

    (c) to report to the Legislative Assembly any alteration which the committee thinks desirable in the form of the public accounts or in the method of keeping them or in the method receipt, control, issue or payment of public moneys

    (d) to inquire into and report to the Legislative Assembly on any question in connection with the public accounts of the Northern Territory

          (i) which is referred to it by resolution of the Assembly

          (ii) which is referred to it by the Administrator or a Minister

     (e) to inquire into and report to the Legislative Assembly on any matters within the executive authority of  Ministers of the Territory to which the committee is of the opinion that the attention of the Assembly should be drawn.

(2) The committee will consist of six Members.

(3) The committee must take care not to inquire into any matters which are being examined by a Select Committee of the Assembly especially appointed to inquire into such matters and any question arising on possible overlap may be referred to the Assembly for determination.

(4) The committee will elect a Government Member as Chair.

(5) The committee will have power to appoint subcommittees and to refer to any such subcommittee any matter which the committee is empowered to examine.

(6) The committee will provide an annual report of its activities to the Assembly. 

Media Releases 

Scrutiny on Behalf of Territorians

Inquiry into Repairs and Maintenance on Town Camps
Call for Submissions by 15 March 2016
Investigation of Management of Town Camps 
Public Hearing on 2 March 2016 
Public Hearing on 11 April 2016
Town Camp Report Tabled

Inquiry into Funding Rugby League Facilities in Darwin
Call for Submissions by 6 November 2015 and Site Visit
Public Hearing on 11 & 12 November 2015 and Public Forum 11 November 2015

Structural Separation of Power and Water Corporation
Call for Submissions by 24 April 2014
Power and Water Corporation Report Tabled 

Management of ICT Project
Call for Submissions by 8 November 2013

Public Private Partnership for Darwin Correctional Precinct
Call for Submissions by 1 February 2013

Aeromedical Services and Grants Management System
Public Hearing 28 October 2014

Asset Management System
Public Hearing 27 November 2012
Public Hearing 27 August 2013

Formal Inquiries

Inquiry into Housing Repairs and Maintenance on Town Camps 
Inquiry into Funding Rugby League Facilities in Darwin 
Management of ICT Projects
Structural Separation of Power and Water Corporation
Public Private Partnership Arrangements for the Darwin Correctional Precinct

Other Briefings

Performance Reporting in Annual Reports

Written Responses from Departments

Department of Education
Department of Housing
Department of Infrastructure
Department of Transport
Department of the Chief Minister
Department of the Chief Minister – Attachment 1
Department of the Chief Minister – Attachment 2
Department of the Chief Minister – Attachment 3
Department of the Chief Minister – Attachment 4

Palmerston Regional Hospital

Transcripts

Public Hearing 4 February 2016
Public Hearing 11 April 2016 

Answers to Questions Taken on Notice

QON No. 1 Department of Infrastructure
QON No. 2 Office of Major Projects, Infrastructure and Investment  
QON No. 3 (a) Department of Health 
QON No. 3 (b) Department of Health
QON No. 4 Department of Infrastructure
QON No. 5 Department of Health 

Northern Territory Correctional Industries

Transcripts

Public Hearing 4 February 2016
Public Hearing 11 April 2016 

Answers to Questions Taken on Notice

QON No. 1 Department of Correctional Services

Homelands Funding

Transcript

Public Hearing 4 February 2016

Answers to Questions Taken on Notice

QON No. 1 Department of Local Government and Community Services
QON No. 2 Department of Local Government and Community Services
QON No. 2 Department of Local Government and Community Services - Attachment A

Latitude Travel

Transcript

Public Hearing 4 February 2016

Answers to Questions Taken on Notice

QON No.1 to No.4 Department of the Chief Minister
QON No.4 (a) (Breakdown of Minister Chandler’s USA Travel) - Department of the Chief Minister
QON No.4 (b) (Breakdown of Minister Chandler’s USA Travel) - Department of the Chief Minister
QON No.4 (c) (Breakdown of Minister Chandler’s China Travel) - Department of the Chief Minister
QON No.4 (d) (Breakdown of Minister Chandler’s China Travel) - Department of the Chief Minister
QON No.4 (e) (Tax Invoices) - Department of the Chief Minister
QON No.4 (f)  (Movement Requisitions) - Department of the Chief Minister
QON No.4 (g) (Travel booked through Latitude Travel 2008-2014) - Department of the Chief Minister

Asset Management System

Public Hearing 27 November 2012
Public Hearing 27 August 2013 

Grants Management System

Public Hearing 17 December 2012
Public Hearing 28 October 2014

Last updated: 24 Oct 2016