On the Public Accountability today inquiring into  the Integrity, efficacy and value for money of NSW Government grant programs.

We heard from a number of different stakeholders including local councils, department representatives, community groups and local MP's. 

The Terms of Reference for the Committee is as follows: 


Integrity, efficacy and value for money of NSW Government grant programs

1. That the Public Accountability Committee inquire into and report on the integrity, efficacy and value for money of NSW Government grant programs, and in particular:

(a) the range and availability of funding programs, including but not limited to:

(i) discretionary grants funds such as the Premier's Discretionary Fund and the Deputy Premier's Miscellaneous Grants

(ii) local government funding such as the Stronger Communities Fund and Stronger Country Communities Fund,

(iii) arts funding such as the Regional Cultural Fund,

(iv) sports funding such as the Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund and the Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund,

(v) Jobs for NSW funding, including the review into Jobs for NSW,

(b) the manner in which grants are determined, including:

(i) the oversight of funding determinations,

(ii) the transparency of decision making under grants schemes,

(iii) the independence of the assessment of projects,

(iv) the role of Members of Parliament in proposing projects for funding,

(v) the scope of Ministers’ discretion in determining which projects are approved,

(c) measures necessary to ensure the integrity of grants schemes and public confidence in the

allocation of public money, and

(d) any other related matter.

2. That the committee table a first report by 31 March 2021 and a final report by 29 July 2021.

For more information on this inquiry, please visit the Parliament's website here.