History and purpose of the committee
The Joint Standing Committee on Audit (Committee) was first established on 13 November 2012, pursuant to section 43 of the Auditor General Act 2006 (AG Act). As it is a joint committee of both Houses, the Committee ceased to exist upon the dissolution of the 38th Parliament on 30 January 2013.
The second Committee was established on 13 June 2013 and dissolved 30 January 2017. It tabled seven reports with the last two reports being:
On 13 June 2017 the 40th Parliament established the third and current Committee. The Committee has three statutory functions under the AG Act and one under the Financial Management Act 2006 (FM Act). Collectively, these are to:
• Review of the operation and effectiveness of the Auditor General Act 2006
• Review of the Minister's Report on the Financial Management Act 2006 of the operation and effectiveness of the Auditor General Act 2006
• review the operation and effectiveness of the AG Act, pursuant to section 48 of that Act
• review the Minister’s review of the Financial Management Act 2006 report, pursuant to section 85(4) of that Act
• make recommendations to the Treasurer on the budget of the Office of the Auditor General (OAG), pursuant to section 44 of the AG Act
• inquire into, and report on, any motion of suspension or removal of the Auditor General referred by either House of Parliament, pursuant to Schedule 1, clause 7(4) of the AG Act.