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Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Bill 2013

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2010-2011-2012-2013

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Bill 2013

 

 

(1)     Clause  2 , page 2 (table item  2 ), omit “ 110 ”, substitute “ 112 ”.

[independent review]

(2)     Clause 5, page 4 (line 17), after “of”, insert “governance, performance and”.

[Commonwealth companies]

(3)     Clause 6, page 8 (line 8), omit “ and delegations ”, substitute “ , delegations and independent review ”.

[independent review]

(4)     Clause  6 , page 8 (after line 17) , at the end of the clause, add:

Part 4-3—Independent review

Part 4-3 requires the Finance Minister, in consultation with the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit, to conduct an independent review of the operation of this Act and the rules.

[independent review]

(5)     Clause 14, page 17 (line 23), before “to officials”, insert “or Parliamentary Service Act”.

[Parliamentary Service Act]

(6)     Clause 16, page 18 (line 32), after “ Service Act 1999 ”, insert “or Parliamentary Service Act 1999 ”.

[Parliamentary Service Act]

(7)     Clause  19 , page 20 (after line 10) , after subclause ( 4 ), insert:

Relationship with other laws and powers

          (4A)  If a Commonwealth entity has enabling legislation, then subsection (1) applies only to the extent that compliance with that subsection is not inconsistent with compliance with that legislation.

          (4B)  This section is subject to any Commonwealth law that prohibits disclosure of particular information.

[keeping Ministers informed]

 (8)    Subdivision C , clause  32 , page 24 (line 27) to page 25 (line 12) , omit the Subdivision, substitute:

Subdivision C Officials to whom the Public Service Act or Parliamentary Service Act applies

32   Officials to whom the Public Service Act or Parliamentary Service Act applies

                   To avoid doubt, the finance law is an Australian law for the purposes of subsection 13(4) of the Public Service Act 1999 and subsection 13(4) of the Parliamentary Service Act 1999 .

Note 1:       If the Public Service Act 1999 or Parliamentary Service Act 1999 applies to an official of a Commonwealth entity, the official will be required under subsection 13(4) of that Act to comply with applicable Australian laws (which include the finance law). This means that if the official contravenes the finance law, sanctions (such as termination of employment) may be imposed on the official under section 15 of that Act.

Note 2:       For dealing with a contravention of the finance law by an official of a Commonwealth entity to whom the Public Service Act 1999 or Parliamentary Service Act 1999 does not apply, see section 16 of this Act (which requires the accountable authority of the entity to implement measures directed at ensuring officials of the entity comply with the finance law).

[Parliamentary Service Act]

(9)     Clause  41 , page 32 (lines 16 to 19) , omit subclause ( 3 ), substitute:

             (3)  The Finance Minister and the responsible Minister are entitled to full and free access to the accounts and records kept under this section. However, those Ministers’ access is subject to any Commonwealth law that prohibits disclosure of particular information.

[accounts and records]

(10)   Clause 53, page 42 (line 21), at the end of subclause (4), add “, except in relation to the central bank account referred to in subsection (3)”.

[accounts and records]

(11)   Heading to Chapter 4, page 79 (line 1), omit “ and delegations ”, substitute “ , delegations and independent review ”.

[independent review]

(12)   Clause  101 , page 80 (lines 9 to 14) , omit subclause ( 2 ), substitute:

             (2)  The rules may:

                     (a)  prescribe matters in relation to a particular Commonwealth entity or Commonwealth company, or a class of Commonwealth entities or Commonwealth companies; or

                     (b)  make different provision in relation to different Commonwealth entities or Commonwealth companies, or classes of Commonwealth entities or Commonwealth companies.

[the rules]

(13)   Clause  102 , page 80 (line 29) , omit paragraph ( g ), substitute:

                     (g)  performance.

[performance]

(14)   Page 89 (after line 22) , at the end of Chapter 4, add:

Part 4-3 Independent review

Division 1 Guide to this Part

111   Guide to this Part

This Part requires the Finance Minister, in consultation with the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit, to conduct an independent review of the operation of this Act and the rules.

Division 2 Independent review

112   Independent review

             (1)  The Finance Minister must, in consultation with the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit, cause an independent review to be conducted of the operation of this Act and the rules.

             (2)  The review must be conducted as soon as practicable after the end of 3 years after this section commences.

             (3)  The persons who conduct the review must give the Finance Minister a written report of the review.

             (4)  The Finance Minister must cause copies of the report to be tabled in each House of the Parliament within 15 sittings days of that House after the report is given to the Finance Minister.

[independent review]