The Hon. A.L. McLACHLAN ( 14:45 :33 ): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Higher Education, Employment and Skills a question regarding TAFE SA and the recent Auditor-General’s Report.

Leave granted.

The Hon. A.L. McLACHLAN: One of the findings in the Auditor-General’s Report was that purchase cards had been used for inappropriate expenditure items, such as staff gifts, computer software, mobile phones and fuel. TAFE SA have advised that a communication was to be issued to all staff, reminding them of their responsibilities regarding the use of purchase cards and the need to comply with existing policy. My questions to the minister are:

1.Has TAFE SA issued the communication?

2.Have any other measures been implemented to mitigate the risk of further inappropriate use of purchase cards?

The Hon. G.E. GAGO (Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills, Minister for Science and Information Economy, Minister for the Status of Women, Minister for Business Services and Consumers) ( 14:46 :33 ): I thank the honourable member for his question. The advice I have received is that this matter has been addressed and the problem fixed. I don’t have the detail at this point in time in terms of what steps have been taken, but I am happy to take that on notice and bring back a response. I have been assured that they have addressed the matter.

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