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External Scrutiny

In 2018–19, Old Parliament House was not the subject of any judicial decisions, decisions of administrative tribunals or the Australian Information Commissioner, or reports by the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

On 26 March 2018, the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories commenced an inquiry into the range of innovative strategies that Canberra’s national institutions are using to maintain viability and relevance to sustainably grow their profile, visitor numbers, and revenue. The museum was among the 16 national institutions examined by the committee.

The committee’s report, Telling Australia’s Story—and why it’s important: Report on the inquiry into Canberra’s national institutions, was tabled on 3 April 2019, with 20 recommendations. The government’s response to the report is being coordinated by the Department of Communications and the Arts.

During 2018–19, the Australian National Audit Office conducted performance audits to assess the effectiveness of governance boards in selected entities, including Old Parliament House. The report Effectiveness of Board Governance at Old Parliament House was tabled on 18 April 2019 and concluded that the governance and oversight arrangements adopted by the Old Parliament House Board are effective.