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Thursday, 16 February 2017
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Senator FAWCETT (South AustraliaDeputy Government Whip in the Senate) (15:35): On behalf of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit, I present report No. 460: Public sector governance—inquiry based on Auditor-General's report 29 (2015-16). I seek leave to incorporate the tabling statement in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The statement read as follows—

Public Accounts and Audit Committee

Tabling S tatement

On behalf of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit, I present the following report: Report 460—Public Sector Governance - Inquiry based on Auditor-General's report 29 of 2015-16.

This inquiry was based on the Auditor-General's examination of the government's Deregulation Agenda. The Committee focused on the theme of public sector governance when considering this audit, and was pleased to note that the Deregulation Agenda was implemented according to many of the practices central to good public governance.

Initiated in late 2013, the Deregulation Agenda aims to reduce the cost of unnecessary or inefficient regulation on individuals, business and community organisations. Whole-of-government coordination of the policy is overseen by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C).

The Committee found that the Deregulation Agenda was implemented according to good public governance principles. The Auditor-General's report concluded that PM&C moved quickly to put in place governance frameworks to support implementation and that audited departments established internal Deregulation Units with clearly articulated roles, responsibilities and consultative mechanisms.

To support future deregulatory decisions and to emphasise the economic and productivity benefits of the Deregulation Agenda, the Committee report supports the Australian Government's December 2013 decision that an economic impact assessment should be undertaken. The Committee has therefore recommended that PM&C report back on progress implementing this decision.

I would like to extend my thanks to all members of the Committee for their consideration of this inquiry and their ongoing efforts to maintain the Committee's strong tradition of proper parliamentary scrutiny.

Senator FAWCETT: I move:

That the Senate take note of the report.

Debate adjourned.