Review of Departmental Annual Reports
Every government Department has been publishing an annual report in May or July. Scrutinising these reports has been one of the core tasks of departmental select committees, who are assisted in that task by the Scrutiny Unit.
In 2005, for the first time, the Scrutiny Unit drew on its analysis of 21 such reports to identify good and bad practice in the way Departments organise and present the information. The review also identifies areas where more financial data would be helpful, examines the adequacy of Departments' reporting against targets, including efficiency targets, and makes suggestions for improving the reports.
Review of Mid Year Reports
Mid year reports are documents produced by government departments mid way through the financial year to give updates on spending and performance of the department. The reports will be published annually, beginning in January 2014. Links to each department’s mid year report will be posted on this page.
Mid Year Reports
Economics in practice:
Public sector pay (Opens in a new window) ( PDF 78 KB)
House prices (Opens in a new window) ( PDF 46 KB)
Health care (Opens in a new window) ( PDF 28 KB)
Economic rationales for regulating markets (Opens in a new window) ( PDF 233 KB)
Wider Scrutiny Unit outputs:
Evaluation of the Public Reading Pilot ( PDF 129 KB)
Review of Estimates memorandum, September 2011 ( PDF 50 KB)
The "Alignment" (Clear Line of Sight) project, July 2010
Latest newsletter for Members ( PDF 111 KB), July 2010.
Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards ( PDF 83 KB)(IFRS) within Government, July 2009 ( PDF 83 KB)
Submission to Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory ( PDF 123 KB)
Private Finance Initiative (PFI): its rationale and accounting treatment, June 2008 ( PDF 326 KB)
Public Sector Pensions, May 2007 ( PDF 171 KB)
Scrutiny Unit: a guide to its work, November 2008 ( PDF 88 KB)