Inquiry into Auditor-General’s report No. 253: Managing School Infrastructure (2017)

Questions on Notice and Additional Information

At the public hearings witnesses took questions on notice or agreed to supply further information about particular issues. The Committee requested responses to these questions on notice taken at the hearings and further information.

The table below sets out the responses that were received and a link to the response.

Tuesday 10 March 2020

Witness(s) Questions on Notice / Further Information
Victorian Auditor-General's Office pdf10 March 2020227.03 KB
Department of Education and Training pdf10 March 2020198.30 KB
Victorian Planning Authority pdf10 March 20202.28 MB



Submissions for this inquiry have closed. For further information, please contact the Committee secretariat.

The following submissions have been accepted by the Committee:

  1. 1a pdfAnge Kenos558.98 KB
    1b pdfAnge Kenos558.39 KB
  2. pdfVictorian Council of Social Service929.12 KB
  3. pdfWyndham City1.75 MB
  4. pdfAustralian Principals Federation865.58 KB
  5. pdfDept of Treasury and Finance874.70 KB
  6. pdfMunicipal Association of Victoria841.11 KB
  7. pdfVictorian Auditor-General's Office946.35 KB
  8. pdfAustralian Education Union853.50 KB
  9. pdfJulie Pittle562.53 KB
  10. pdfAnnabel Macpherson557.96 KB
  11. pdfSpatial Works627.70 KB
  12. pdfInterface Councils579.71 KB
    12a. pdfInterface Councils - appendix A1.99 MB
  13. pdfProgrammed1.24 MB
  14. pdfChatham Primary School Council559.65 KB
    14a.pdfChatham Primary School Council - appendix A704.40 KB
    14b.pdfChatham Primary School Council - appendix B4.73 MB
    14c. pdfChatham Primary School Council - appendix C1.90 MB
  15. pdfAmit Malebinnur580.22 KB
  16. pdfVictorian Parents Council Inc1.04 MB
  17. pdfBrian Shields558.27 KB
  18. pdfMichelle Deminey579.13 KB
  19. pdfMohit Behrani557.89 KB
  20. pdfDepartment of Education and Training2.19 MB
  21. pdfRakshith Hegde558.45 KB
  22. pdfOur Children Our Schools1.41 MB
  23. pdfParents Victoria Inc.964.38 KB











Hearings and Transcripts

The Committee will be holding public hearings at 55 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne.

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Transcripts from these hearings will also be published here when finalised by the Committee.

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Tuesday 10 March 2020 - Parliament of Victoria, 55 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne 

 Time Witness Presentations Transcripts

Victorian Auditor-General's Office

  pdfTranscript191.75 KB 

Department of Education and Training/
Victorian Schools Building Authority

pdfPresentation1.51 MB pdfTranscript217.75 KB 

Victorian Principals Association

  pdfTranscript202.54 KB
 1.15pm Our Children, Our Schools

  pdfTranscript242.73 KB

Victorian Planning Authority

pdfPresentation4.72 MB pdfTranscript209.31 KB
 2.40pm .id pdfPresentation1.32 MB  pdfTranscript171.78 KB

Terms of Reference

Under the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003, the Committee is responsible for conducting follow up inquiries on selected audits conducted by the Victorian Auditor-General.

Follow up inquiries look at the progress that has been made implementing audit recommendations, identify any issues with implementation and investigate new issues that may have arisen since the report was tabled. Follow up inquiries also allow the Committee to make recommendations that will improve specific areas of public administration and accountability.

The Auditor-General made seven recommendations.

The Auditor-General recommended that the Department of Education and Training :

  1. complete the delivery of funding, capability, accountability and portfolio efficiency reforms currently underway, as detailed in Appendix B
  2. clarify governance arrangements by specifying the asset planning and management roles and responsibilities of the Department of Education and Training, school councils and principals, their functions and the performance measures they will be held accountable for, and hold them accountable (see Section 2.2.2)
  3. establish a monitoring and evaluation framework for the asset strategy based on a complete set of performance measures that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely, that inform the goal of the asset strategies, and that are routinely monitored and reported on (see Section 2.3.1)
  4.  test the accuracy of its provision planning forecasting over short-, medium- and long-term projections to understand its reliability over time (see Section 3.2.1)
  5. establish guidelines to inform its decisions for managing changing enrolments in established areas—considering school locations, purchasing of land ahead of when it is required, access issues for students, and size of school land (see Section 3.2.2)
  6. work with local councils and other partners, particularly in growth areas, to strategically plan and design multi-use, shared and co-located facilities before new schools are funded through state budgets (see Section 3.4)
  7. develop an investment strategy for government school assets to optimise maintenance over the entire life of assets, considering the appropriate mix of allocations for proactive and reactive maintenance, and the implications of current maintenance funding on the life cycle of school assets (see Section 4.5).


The full report – Managing School Infrastructure – can be accessed here.