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Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

Additional estimates 2020-21

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Members

Chair Senator Claire Chandler LP, TAS

Deputy Chair Senator Tim Ayres ALP, NSW

Members Senator James Paterson LP, VIC

Senator Kimberley Kitching ALP, VIC

Senator Matt O'Sullivan LP, WA

Senator Malcolm Roberts PHON, QLD

Senators in attendance Senators Abetz, Antic, Ayres, Brockman, Chandler, Dodson, Farrell, Gallagher, Green, Hanson-Young, Kitching, McAllister, McCarthy, McKenzie, McKim, O'Sullivan, Paterson, Patrick, Rennick, Rice, Roberts, Thorpe, Waters, Watt and Wong.

Senate Finance and Public Administration secretariat: Sarah Redden, Committee Secretary (A/g) Kate Campbell, Principal Research Officer (A/g) Trish Carling, Senior Research Officer Kate Morris, Research Officer Michaela Le Cheile, Administrative Officer

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Contents

Members ............................................................................................................................................. iii

Abbreviations ................................................................................................................................... vii

Chapter 1—Additional estimates 2020-21 ....................................................................................... 1

Reference ............................................................................................................................................... 1

Portfolio coverage ................................................................................................................................ 1

Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2020-21 ....................................................................... 1

Hearings ................................................................................................................................................ 2

Parliamentary departments ..................................................................................................... 2

Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio .................................................................................... 2

Finance Portfolio ....................................................................................................................... 3

Cross-portfolio Indigenous Matters ....................................................................................... 3

Questions on notice and Hansard transcripts .................................................................................. 3

Answers to questions on notice—Budget Estimates 2020-21 ........................................................ 3

Timeliness of answers to questions on notice ....................................................................... 4

Chapter 2—Hearings .......................................................................................................................... 5

Parliamentary departments—Monday 22 March 2021 ................................................................... 5

Department of the Senate ........................................................................................................ 5

Department of Parliamentary Services .................................................................................. 5

Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio—Monday 22 March 2021 .................................................. 5

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet ................................................................... 5

National Bushfire Recovery Agency ...................................................................................... 7

National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency ....... 7

Office for Women (Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet) ................................ 7

Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General .................................................... 8

National Australia Day Council ............................................................................................. 8

Australian National Audit Office ........................................................................................... 8

Finance portfolio—Tuesday 23 March 2021 ..................................................................................... 8

ASC Pty Ltd ............................................................................................................................... 8

Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd ............................................................................... 9

Future Fund Management Agency ........................................................................................ 9

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Department of Finance ............................................................................................................. 9

Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority ............................................................... 10

Australian Electoral Commission ......................................................................................... 10

Cross-portfolio on Indigenous Matters—Friday 26 March 2021 ................................................. 11

Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation ................................................................................ 11

Indigenous Business Australia .............................................................................................. 11

Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations ........................................................... 11

National Indigenous Australians Agency ........................................................................... 12

Department of Health ............................................................................................................ 13

Appendix 1—Departments and agencies under the committee's oversight .......................... 15

Appendix 2—Tabled documents .................................................................................................... 17

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Abbreviations

AEC Australian Electoral Commission AFP Australian Federal Police

ILSC Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation Jenkins review Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces MOPS Act Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 NIAA National Indigenous Australians Agency PAES Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements PBS Portfolio Budget Statements

PM&C Prime Minister and Cabinet the committee Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

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Chapter 1

Additional estimates 2020-21

Reference 1.1 On 18 February 2021, the Senate referred the following to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee (the committee) for examination and report:

 particulars of proposed additional expenditure in respect of the year ending on 30 June 2021 [Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2020-21]; and  particulars of certain proposed additional expenditure in respect of the year ending on 30 June 2021 [Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2020-21].1

Portfolio coverage 1.2 The committee has responsibility for examining the expenditure and outcomes of the following:

 parliamentary departments;2  Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio (PM&C portfolio);3  Finance portfolio; 4 and  cross-portfolio on Indigenous Matters.5

1.3 Departments and agencies under the committee's oversight are listed in Appendix 1 of this report.

Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2020-21 1.4 The Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES) facilitate an understanding of the proposed appropriations in Appropriation Bills (No. 3 and No. 4). The PAES explain changes in resourcing since the budget and provide

information on new measures and their impact on the financial and non-financial planned performance of agencies. The PAES 2020-21 for the PM&C and Finance portfolios were tabled in the Senate on 18 February 2021.6

1 Journals of the Senate, No. 88, 18 February 2021, p. 3110.

2 As a matter of comity between the Houses neither House inquires into the operations of the other

House. For this reason, neither the annual report of, not the proposed expenditure for, the Department of the House of Representatives is referred to a Senate committee for review.

3 Journals of the Senate, No. 118, 17 September 2018, pp. 3770-3771.

4 Journals of the Senate, No. 118, 17 September 2018, pp. 3770-3771.

5 Journals of the Senate, No. 22, 26 August 2008, p. 683.

6 Journals of the Senate, No. 88, 18 February 2021, pp. 3110-3111.

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1.5 The PAES 2020-21 for the PM&C portfolio note the entities receiving additional appropriation in Appropriation Bills (No. 3 and No. 4), which include the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australian National Audit Office, National Indigenous Australians Agency and Old Parliament House.7

1.6 The PAES 2020-21 for the Finance portfolio note the additional estimates and variations sought by the Department of Finance and the Australian Electoral Commission.8 There were no changes to other entities in the portfolio.9

Hearings 1.7 The committee held public hearings on the following dates:

 22 March 2021—parliamentary departments and the PM&C portfolio;  23 March 2021—Finance portfolio; and  26 March 2021—cross-portfolio on Indigenous Matters.

1.8 The committee took evidence from the President of the Senate, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, and the following ministers accompanied by officers of relevant departments and agencies:

 Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Finance;  Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Women;  Senator the Hon Jonathan Duniam, Assistant Minister for Industry Development;

 Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, Minister for International Development and the Pacific; and  Senator the Hon Amanda Stoker, Assistant Minister to the Attorney-General.

1.9 The committee expresses its appreciation for the assistance of the President, ministers and officers who appeared.

1.10 Over the course of the hearings, the committee took evidence from the following departments, agencies and statutory officers:

Parliamentary departments  Department of the Senate; and the  Department of Parliamentary Services.

Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio  Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet;  National Bushfire Recovery Agency;

7 Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES) 2020-21, Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio, p. 13.

8 PAES 2020-21, Finance portfolio, p. 4.

9 PAES 2020-21, Finance portfolio, p. 4.

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 National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency;  Office for Women;  Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General;  National Australia Day Council; and the  Australian National Audit Office.

Finance Portfolio  ASC Pty Ltd;  Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd;  Future Fund Management Agency;  Department of Finance;  Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority; and the  Australian Electoral Commission.

Cross-portfolio Indigenous Matters  Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation;  Indigenous Business Australia;  Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations;  National Indigenous Australians Agency; and  Department of Health (in relation to Indigenous health issues).

1.11 Documents tabled during the hearings of additional estimates 2020-21 are listed in Appendix 2.

Questions on notice and Hansard transcripts 1.12 The committee set 7 May 2021 as the date for the return of answers to questions on notice arising from the additional estimates 2020-21 hearings.

1.13 Answers to questions on notice are published on the committee's estimates webpage as they are received, along with the Hansard transcripts of proceedings of the hearings.

Answers to questions on notice—Budget Estimates 2020-21 1.14 The committee's examination of the budget estimates 2020-21 took place on the following dates:

 19 October 2020—parliamentary departments and the PM&C portfolio;  20 October 2020—PM&C portfolio;  21 October 2020—Finance portfolio;  22 October 2020—Finance portfolio; and  23 October 2020—cross-portfolio on Indigenous Matters.

1.15 The committee set 4 December 2020 as the date for the return of answers to questions on notice.

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Timeliness of answers to questions on notice 1.16 The committee placed a total of 1526 questions on notice,10 with 941 answered by the due date.

1.17 The parliamentary departments took 152 questions on notice. 114 answers were provided by the due date, with the remaining 38 responses provided by 17 December 2020.

1.18 The PM&C portfolio (including cross-portfolio on Indigenous Matters) took 1118 questions on notice. 781 answers were provided by the due date. As at the time of this report, 82 answers remain outstanding.

1.19 The committee also notes that the PM&C portfolio has six answers to questions on notice outstanding from additional estimates 2019-20, which were due by 8 May 2020; and 20 answers to questions on notice outstanding from supplementary budget estimates 2019-20, which were due by 6 December 2019.

1.20 The Finance portfolio took 248 questions on notice. 39 answers were provided by the due date, and the remaining 209 responses were provided by 29 January 2021.

1.21 The Department of Health took eight questions on notice. Seven were provided by the due date and the remaining response was provided on 17 December 2020.

1.22 The committee highlights its preference for outstanding responses to be provided before the next estimates round.

10 This figure includes both questions taken on notice during the hearings for budget estimates 2020-

21, and written questions on notice provided by senators after the hearings.

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Chapter 2 Hearings

2.1 This chapter lists the key topics discussed for each department and agency examined during the committee's hearings for additional estimates 2020-21. Page numbers of the Proof Hansard transcript for that day's hearing are indicated in brackets as a reference.

Parliamentary departments—Monday 22 March 2021

Department of the Senate 2.2 The President of the Senate, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, made an opening statement regarding the Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces (Jenkins review) and the investigation being undertaken by the

Australian Federal Police (AFP) into the alleged sexual assault that occurred in the Ministerial Wing of Parliament House in March 2019.

2.3 Topics discussed for the Department of the Senate included:

 matters relating to the alleged sexual assault that occurred in the Ministerial Wing of Parliament House in March 2019 and subsequent AFP investigation (pp. 3-16).

Department of Parliamentary Services 2.4 Topics discussed for the Department of Parliamentary Services included:

 matters relating to the alleged sexual assault that occurred in the Ministerial Wing of Parliament House in March 2019 and subsequent AFP investigation (pp. 16-21);

 Parliament House security upgrades and associated contracts (pp. 21-22);  duty of care requirements of Parliament House security officers to building occupants (pp. 22-23); and the  online campaign of harassment and intimidation directed towards a

researcher in the Parliamentary Library (p. 23).

Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio—Monday 22 March 2021

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 2.5 Mr Phil Gaetjens, Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, gave evidence to the committee for a short time and made an opening statement regarding his administrative review verifying the Prime Minister's

Office's knowledge of the alleged sexual assault that occurred in the Ministerial Wing of Parliament House in March 2019.

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2.6 After the conclusion of Mr Gaetjens' evidence, Ms Stephanie Foster PSM, Deputy Secretary, Governance and APS Reform, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, made an opening statement regarding changes to the department's executive since budget estimates 2020-21.

2.7 Topics discussed for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet included:

 status of Mr Gaetjens' review of the Prime Minister's Office and related discussions with the AFP Commissioner, Mr Reece Kershaw (pp. 28-39);  status of the review being undertaken by Ms Foster and Ms Celia Hammond MP into the complaints process for parliamentary staff following

a serious incident (pp. 32, 39-41);  matters relating to allegations made regarding the Hon Christian Porter MP, former Attorney-General (pp. 34-35, 53-60, 62-63);  support telephone line (1800 APH SPT) for Commonwealth parliamentary

staff (p. 40);  matters relating to the alleged sexual assault that occurred in the Ministerial Wing of Parliament House in March 2019 and subsequent AFP investigation (pp. 41-50, 52-53);  compliance with the Statement of Ministerial Standards (p. 51);  staffing arrangements in the Ministerial Wing of Parliament House (p. 51);  correspondence to the Prime Minister regarding a women's budget impact

statement (p. 51);  briefings to the Prime Minister regarding the Greensill and Gupta Family Group Alliance (pp. 60-62);  Women's March 4 Justice (pp. 63-64);  establishment of the Office of the Climate Coordinator (pp. 64-67);  telephone call between the Prime Minister's Office and Ms Dhanya Mani

(p. 67);  Mr Mathias Cormann's appointment to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (pp. 68-69, 73-75);  Mr Craig Kelly MP's resignation from the Liberal Party and matters relating

to allegations made regarding members of Mr Kelly's staff (pp. 69-71);  services provided by Burdeshaw Associates Ltd (pp. 71-73);  energy economy and discussions between the Prime Minister and the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Change, Mr John Kerry (pp. 75-78);  Climate Conference being hosted by the United States in April 2021

(pp. 78-79);  establishment of the Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise Governance Committee within Cabinet's National Security Committee and matters relating to

Australia's naval shipbuilding program (pp. 79-84);  management of Cabinet documents (pp. 84-85);  Climate Ambition Summit hosted by the United Kingdom in December 2020

(pp. 85-86);

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 Prime Minister's visit to Japan in November 2020 and subsequent quarantine period (pp. 86-88); and the  workplace culture at Parliament House (pp. 88-89).

National Bushfire Recovery Agency 2.8 Mr Andrew Colvin APM OAM, Coordinator, National Bushfire Recovery Agency, made an opening statement updating the committee on the agency's work supporting the recovery efforts following the 2019-20 bushfire season.

2.9 Topics discussed for the National Bushfire Recovery Agency included:

 status of programs funded by the National Bushfire Recovery Fund (pp. 90-94, 97);  media reporting concerning the New South Wales Government's use of local economic recovery funding (pp. 94-95, 97-99);  National Resilience, Relief and Recovery Agency announcement (p. 96);  mental health (pp. 96-97); and  2021-22 budget (p. 97).

National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency 2.10 Topics discussed for the National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency included:

 the announcement of the National Resilience, Relief and Recovery Agency, which is due to commence operations in July 2021 (pp. 100-103).

Office for Women (Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet) 2.11 Topics discussed for the Office for Women included:

 government's response to the Respect@Work: Sexual Harassment National Inquiry Report 2020 undertaken by Ms Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner (pp. 103-105);

 media reports concerning the workplace operations and culture at the Office for Women (pp. 106-107);  letter to the Prime Minister regarding a women's impact statement in the 2021-22 budget (pp. 107, 111);  status of two outstanding items from the Women's Economic Security

Statement 2018 awaiting implementation (pp. 107-108);  safety of women at Parliament House (p. 108);  respectful relationships education in schools (pp. 108-109);  Unmute Yourself government campaign (p. 109);  superannuation (p. 109);  preparations for the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their

Children, due to commence in 2022 (p. 110);  engagement with the Jenkins review (p. 110);

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 tenders and funding awarded to National Women's Alliances (pp. 110, 112);  status of the Time Use Survey (pp. 110-111);  advice to the Prime Minister and the Minister for Women (p. 111);  Workplace Gender Equality Agency's role in promoting economic security

by administering annual reporting requirements (pp. 112-113); and  advice to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (p. 113).

Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General 2.12 Topics discussed for the Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General included:

 cancellations and terminations of Australian honours and awards (pp. 113-116, 118); and  training provided to Government House staff (pp. 117-118).

National Australia Day Council 2.13 Topics discussed for the National Australia Day Council included:

 Aboriginal participation and engagement (p. 119);  Reconciliation Action Plans (pp. 119-120);  Aboriginal consultation on the National Australia Day Council's slogan (p. 120); and

 participation in Australia Day celebrations (p. 120).

Australian National Audit Office 2.14 Topics discussed for the Australian National Audit Office included:

 findings of the Auditor-General Report No. 32 of 2020-21: Award of Funding under the Supporting Reliable Energy Infrastructure Program (pp. 121-125);  findings of the Auditor-General Report No. 2 of 2020-21: Procurement of Strategic Water Entitlements (pp. 125-127); and  findings of the Auditor-General Report No. 9 of 2020-21: Purchase of the

'Leppington Triangle' Land for the Future Development of Western Sydney Airport (pp. 127-129).

Finance portfolio—Tuesday 23 March 2021

ASC Pty Ltd 2.15 Topics discussed for ASC Pty Ltd included:

 full-cycle docking decision (pp. 4-10);  establishment of the Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise Governance Committee within Cabinet's National Security Committee and matters relating to Australia's naval shipbuilding program (pp. 10-11);

 system design contract (pp. 11-12);  life-of-type-extension capability upgrades feasibility proposal (p. 12);

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 full-cycle docking working group (pp. 12-13);  meetings of the Submarine Enterprise Board (pp. 13-14);  Australian Naval Infrastructure lease to ASC North (p. 14);  life-of-type-extension design work (pp. 14-17); and  future submarine sustainment (pp. 17-18).

Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd 2.16 Mr Andrew Seaton, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd, made an opening statement updating the committee on the development and management of shipbuilding infrastructure

at the Osborne facilities in support of the continuous naval shipbuilding program.

2.17 Topics discussed for Australian Naval Infrastructure included:

 status of Osborne North and Osborne South development works (pp. 18-22, 24-25);  contract schedules (pp. 22-23);  lease to ASC North (p. 23); and  maintenance, care and upgrades for equipment (p. 23).

Future Fund Management Agency 2.18 Dr Raphael Arndt, Chief Executive Officer, Future Fund Management Agency, made an opening statement updating the committee on the status of the Commonwealth's investment funds.

2.19 Topics discussed for the Future Fund Management Agency included:

 equity holdings in Adani Ports (pp. 26-30); and  fossil fuel investments and future for coal (pp. 28-29).

Department of Finance 2.20 Ms Rosemary Huxtable PSM, Secretary of the Department of Finance, made an opening statement to advise the committee of changes to the department's executive structure since budget estimates 2020-21.

2.21 Topics discussed for the Department of Finance included:

 additional funds appropriated to the Department of Finance for expenditure monitoring (pp. 31-36);  workplace culture at Parliament House (pp. 31, 36-41, 101-102);  use of tier two companies in major infrastructure projects (pp. 41-43);  procurement (pp. 43, 50-51);  labour hire, consultants and related contracts (pp. 43-49, 51-54, 67-68);  cybersecurity issues (pp. 54-56);  aged-care costings (pp. 56-58);  aviation support package (pp. 59-62);

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 invoicing (pp. 62-63);  JobSeeker base rate announcement (pp. 63-65);  Government Enterprise Resourcing Planning and the modernisation fund (pp. 65-67);  arrangements for the management of the Ministerial Wing at Parliament

House (pp. 69-70);  matters relating to the alleged sexual assault that occurred in the Ministerial Wing of Parliament House in March 2019 and subsequent AFP investigation (pp. 70-77, 81-90);  enterprise agreement negotiations for staff employed under the Members of

Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 (MOPS Act) (pp. 77-78);  ministerial staffing appointments (p. 77)  breakdown of pay grades by gender for staff employed under the

MOPS Act (p. 78)  voluntary gender reporting (p. 79);  support services (pp. 79, 103);  engagement with the Jenkins review (pp. 80, 102-103);  allegations concerning the office of the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, Minister for

Indigenous Affairs, and related freedom of information requests (pp. 90-95);  staff allocations to parliamentarians (pp. 95-96);  allegations made regarding members of Mr Kelly's staff (pp. 97-100);  the Department of Finance's duty of care to the staff employed under the

MOPS Act (p. 100);  material posted on Mr Kelly's Facebook page regarding COVID-19 (p. 101); and  government campaigns and advertising (pp. 109-114).

Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority 2.22 Ms Annwyn Godwin, Chief Executive Officer, Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority, made an opening statement updating the committee on the entity's operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the findings of

the annual and independent client satisfaction survey and the APS census.

2.23 Topics discussed for the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority included:

 cost of the Prime Minister's visit to Japan in November 2020 (pp. 105-106);  travel by parliamentarians to Melbourne during the 2019 Melbourne Cup (pp. 106-107);  use of the special purpose aircraft (pp. 107-108); and  resources provided to former Prime Minister, the Hon Mr Tony Abbott

(pp. 108-109).

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2.24 Topics discussed for the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) included:

 'return to sender' mail (p. 114);  comments made by GetUp misrepresenting the AEC (pp. 114-115);  investigation undertaken by the Queensland Electoral Commission regarding fundraisers attended by banned donors (pp. 115-116);

 voter ID (pp. 116-117);  polling place technology (pp. 117-118);  funding allocated to the Northern Territory electoral office (pp. 118-120);  enrolment and turnout in Indigenous communities (pp. 118-119);  pre-polling (pp. 120-122);  Central Senate Scrutiny and related cybersecurity matters (pp. 122-124);  Indigenous Electoral Participation Program (pp. 125-126); and  private fundraising entities and related compliance reviews (pp. 126-127).

Cross-portfolio on Indigenous Matters—Friday 26 March 2021

Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation 2.25 Mr Joe Morrison, Group Chief Executive Officer, Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC) made an opening statement regarding performance, financial security for its subsidiaries and commitment to Closing the Gap.

2.26 Topics discussed for the ILSC included:

 ILSC Board composition (pp. 5-8);  implementation status of recommendations from the independent review of governance issues of the ILSC Board conducted by Dr Vivienne Thom AM (p. 8);

 economic development strategy (p. 8);  commercial development (p. 9); and  ILSC workforce (p. 9).

Indigenous Business Australia 2.27 Mr Peter O'Neill, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Indigenous Business Australia, made an opening statement regarding measures introduced to assist customers during the COVID-19 pandemic, financial performance, Indigenous business

sector and findings of the first impact report.

2.28 Topics discussed for Indigenous Business Australia included:

 waiting period and eligibility for home loans (pp. 10-12); and  impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Indigenous businesses (pp. 12-13).

Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations 2.29 Mr Selwyn Button, Registrar of Indigenous Corporations, made an opening statement updating the committee on the number of Indigenous corporations,

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training and ongoing operational challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

2.30 Topics discussed for the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations included:

 complaints and referrals for investigation (pp. 14-16, 17-18);  compliance monitoring (p. 14);  yearbook publication (p. 14);  reforms and funding (pp. 16-17, 19);  inactive organisations (p. 19); and  reporting obligations for organisations engaged under the Corporations

(Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (p. 19).

National Indigenous Australians Agency 2.31 Mr Ray Griggs AO CSC, Chief Executive Officer, National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA), made an opening statement updating the committee on the NIAA's contribution to the government's broader response

and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the status of the implementation plan for the National Agreement on Closing the Gap, the public consultation phase of the Indigenous Voice co-design process and professional development initiatives for NIAA staff.

2.32 Topics discussed for the NIAA included:

 Aboriginal deaths in custody (pp. 21-23, 38);  implementation of recommendations from the Pathways for Justice report (pp. 23-24);  anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

(p. 24);  Indigenous Advancement Strategy funding (pp. 24-27, 36-38, 43-44);  Employment Parity Initiative participation (pp. 27-30);  Community Development Program participation (pp. 30-34);  1000 Jobs Program expenditure (p. 34);  small businesses funded under the Indigenous Business Strategy through

Community Development Program providers (pp. 34-35);  implementation of recommendations from the Auditor-General Report No. 47 of 2018-19: Evaluating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs (pp. 35-36);  Indigenous voice to the Parliament consultations (pp. 38-45);  activism in remote communities (pp. 42-43);  Wiyi Yani U Thangani: Women's Voices report (p. 44);  Aboriginal flag (pp. 46-47); and  Productivity Commission report on the Indigenous Evaluation Strategy

(pp. 48-49).

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Department of Health 2.33 Topics discussed for the Department of Health included:

 Closing the Gap agreement funding and the Indigenous Australians Health Program (pp. 50-51);  COVID-19 vaccine rollout (pp. 51-54);  funding and health implications of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder and

E. canis ticks (pp. 51-52, 54);  cultural safety training for medical students (p. 52); and  recommendations of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs' inquiry into food pricing and food security in remote

Indigenous communities (p. 54).

Senator Claire Chandler Chair

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Appendix 1

Departments and agencies under the committee's oversight

Parliamentary departments  Department of Parliamentary Services;  Department of the Senate; and the  Parliamentary Budget Office.

Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio  Australian National Audit Office;  Australian Public Service Commission;  Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet;  National Australia Day Council;  National Bushfire Recovery Agency;  National COVID-19 Commission Advisory Board;  National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery

Agency;  Old Parliament House;  Office of National Intelligence;  Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General;  Office for Women; and the  Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

Indigenous agencies  Aboriginal Hostels Limited;  Anindilyakwa Land Council;  Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies;  Central Land Council;  National Indigenous Australians Agency;  Indigenous Business Australia;  Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation;  Northern Land Council;  Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations;  Outback Stores Ltd;  Tiwi Land Council;  Torres Strait Regional Authority; and the  Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council.

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Finance portfolio  Australian Electoral Commission;  ASC Pty Ltd;  Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd;  Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation;  Department of Finance;  Future Fund Management Agency; and the  Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority.

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Appendix 2 Tabled documents

Parliamentary departments—22 March 2021  Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, President of the Senate--Clerk's advice concerning AFP investigation, dated 4 June 2002; and  Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, President of the Senate--Opening statement.

Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio—22 March 2021  Ms Stephanie Foster PSM, Deputy Secretary, Governance, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet--Organisational chart;  Ms Stephanie Foster PSM, Deputy Secretary, Governance, Department of

the Prime Minister and Cabinet--Opening statement;  Mr Simon Duggan, Deputy Secretary, Economy, Industry and G20 Sherpa, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet--Letter to the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, regarding cooperation between the

UK and Australia on climate change;  Mr Andrew Colvin APM OAM, Coordinator, National Bushfire Recovery Agency--Breakdown of National Bushfire Recovery Fund allocation and expenditure, 31 January 2021;  The Hon Shane Stone AC QC, Coordinator General, National Drought and

North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency--Opening statement;  Senator Jenny McAllister--Crikey news article, Ignored and given scraps: Office for Women demeaned by Morrison government, dated 24 February 2021.  Mr Paul Singer, Official Secretary to the Governor-General-- Opening

statement;  Senator Rex Patrick--Letter from Senator Rex Patrick to the Australian National Audit Office regarding Auditor-General Report No. No. 2 of 2020-21, dated 3 November 2020;  Senator Rex Patrick--Letter from the Australian National Audit Office to

Senator Rex Patrick regarding Auditor-General Report No. 2 of 2020-21, dated 10 March 2021; and  Senator Malcolm Roberts--Brisbane Times news article, Roads to ruin: serious questions about billions spent on recovery in Queensland, dated 19 March 2021.

Finance portfolio—23 March 2021  Mr Andrew Seaton, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd--Aerial photograph Osborne North Development Project, February 2021;  Ms Rosemary Huxtable PSM, Secretary, Department of Finance--Personal

Employee Positions Summary as at 1 March 2021;

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 Senator Katy Gallagher--The Saturday Paper news article, Time lines will tell, dated 13 March 2021; and  Ms Rosemary Huxtable PSM, Secretary, Department of Finance--Statement in relation to the AFP investigation regarding the alleged sexual assault at

Parliament House.

Cross-portfolio on Indigenous Matters—26 March 2021  Mr Selwyn Button, Registrar of Indigenous Corporations--Monthly performance snapshot, February 2021;  Mr Ray Griggs AO CSC, Chief Executive Officer, National Indigenous

Australians Agency--Opening statement; and  Mr Ray Griggs AO CSC, Chief Executive Officer, National Indigenous Australians Agency-- Information regarding Indigenous Advancement Strategy grants and unsuccessful applications, and Aboriginals Benefit

Account small and large project grants.