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Question Without Notice No. 1134 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 October 2019 by Hon Tjorn Sibma

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

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WESTERN AUSTRALIAN OVERSEAS TRADE OFFICES

1134. Hon TJORN SIBMA to the Leader of the House representing the Premier:

I refer to the Premier's joint media statement with the Attorney General of 12 March 2019 in which he announced that KPMG would audit all eight overseas trade and investment offices in the wake of the Corruption and Crime Commission's report on the Tokyo office.

(1) How much has this audit cost?

(2) Has KPMG finished this audit; and, if so, when was it delivered to the government?

(3) Did the audit identify any other issues of concern among the network of overseas trade and investment offices?

(4) If yes to (3), what were these issues?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation advises the following.

(1) To date, the audit of the eight overseas trade and investment offices has cost $228 895. The scope of the contract was extended in May 2019 to include an audit of the expenses incurred by Tourism WA officers and staff working in the overseas offices over the last six years, at an additional cost of $31 091.

(2) No. The department has not received the final report.

(3) The department will not comment until it has received the final report.

(4) Not applicable.