Administration of government grants to be examined by Audit Committee

Parliament of Australia

The administration of government grants will be examined in a new Parliamentary inquiry, seeking to understand and learn lessons from the administration of previous grants programs and strengthen how Commonwealth grants are delivered.

Four Auditor-General’s reports relating to grants administration (Building Better Regions; Grants Hubs; Safer Communities; and Commuter Car Parks) will be considered by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit in this inquiry.

The administration of three other grant programs (the Urban Congestion Fund; Regional Growth Fund; and Modern Manufacturing Initiative) as well as the implementation of recommendations in the Committee’s previous report on grants will also be reviewed.

Committee Chair, Mr Julian Hill MP, said that parliamentary scrutiny of these programs was important to ensure that future grants programs are administered consistent with the intent of the Commonwealth Grant Rules and guidelines and in line with community expectations.

“The Committee will amplify the Auditor-General’s work, and also examine additional programs of interest administered by the previous government to learn lessons and to try to improve grants administration in the future,” Mr Hill said.

The Committee invites submissions to the inquiry addressing the terms of reference to be received by Friday, 28 October 2022. Details of public hearings will be made available on the inquiry website.

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