ACT Legislative Assembly and Assembly Committees

The elected members of the Legislative Assembly, on behalf of their constituents, take a special interest in planning and land management issues. A number of assembly standing committees may have a role in considering aspects of the Directorate’s operations. On occasions, select committees are formed that may inquire into specific issues concerning the Directorate’s operations.

The ACT Legislative Assembly

The Assembly as a whole has the power to recommend that the Minister direct the Directorate to do certain things within our charter. This power is used infrequently. It is commonly the Assembly’s Standing Committees on Planning and Urban Renewal; and Environment and Transport and City Services that reports on planning and land management matters.

Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Renewal

This committee examines matters relating to planning, land management, the planning process, amendments to the Territory Plan, consultation requirements, design and sustainability outcomes including energy performance and policy matters to support a range of housing options.

Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services

This committee examines matters related to city and transport services, public infrastructure, heritage, and sport and recreation and matters related to all aspects of climate change policy and programs, water and energy policy and programs, provision of water and energy services, conservation, environment and ecological sustainability.

Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety (Legislative Scrutiny Role)

This committee, when performing the duties of a scrutiny of bills and subordinate legislation:

  • considers whether any instrument of a legislative nature made under an Act which is subject to disallowance and/or disapproval by the Assembly is in accord with the general objects of the Act under which it is made
  • considers whether any explanatory statement or explanatory memorandum associated with legislation and any regulatory impact statement meets the technical or stylistic standards expected
  • ensures the clauses of bills introduced into Assembly does not trespass on personal rights and liberties or inappropriately delegate legislative powers
  • reports about human rights issues raised by bills presented to the Assembly.

Standing Committee on Public Accounts

This committee:

  • examines the accounts and expenditure of the ACT and its authorities and all reports of the Auditor-General which have been presented to the Assembly
  • reports to the Assembly any items or matters in those accounts, statements and reports, or any circumstances connected with them, to which the committee is of the opinion that the attention of the Assembly should be directed
  • inquires into any question in connection with the public accounts which is referred to it by the Assembly and to report to the Assembly on that question
  • examines matters relating to market and regulatory reform (excluding Access Canberra), public sector management, taxation and revenue.

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