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Establishment of a Select Committee of the Legislative Council on the Office of the Valuer-General

6 May 2021

On the 17th March, the Hon John Darley introduced a motion to establish a select committee on the above, and on 5th May, the Legislative Council gave cross-party support. The Leader of the Opposition noted:

“I think it is fair to say that it is a great passion of John Darley’s to make sure things are done properly. We will be wholeheartedly supporting the establishment of this committee to look into the operation of the Office of the Valuer-General and to make such recommendations in relation to that.”

The Committee will comprise the following members:

· The Hon John Darley (Advance SA)

· The Hon Ian Hunter (ALP)

· The Hon Frank Pangallo (SA Best)

· The Hon Terry Stephens (Liberal)

The Select Committee of the Legislative Council on the Office of the Valuer-General and Other Relevant Matters has the following terms of reference:

1. That a select committee of the Legislative Council be established to inquire into and report on—

(a) the scope of operations of the Office of the Valuer-General in respect of state government and local government valuations for property taxation purposes;

(b) the scope of operations of the Valuer-General in respect of valuations for stamp duty, acquisition, disposal and other purposes required by government;

(c) the extent of compliance by the Valuer-General in respect of the Valuation of Land Act 1971 (SA);

(d) the extent of knowledge required by the Valuer-General to satisfy the legislative requirements of the various rating authorities;

(e) the standard of policy formulation and direction by the Valuer-General provided to Land Services SA to satisfy their contractual obligations with the SA government;

(f) the relationship between the Valuer-General's revaluation initiative of all properties in South Australia as announced in the 2016-17 state budget and the general valuation of all properties in the state which occurs each year;

(g) the effectiveness of the decision to privatise the valuation services of the state from 2016-17 including productivity gains/losses as a result of the privatisation;

(h) the efficiency in the process of objections to valuations and appeals to the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal; and

(i) any other relevant matter.

2. That the committee consist of four members and that the quorum of members necessary to be present at all meetings of the committee be fixed at two members and that standing order 389 be so far suspended as to enable the chairperson of the committee to have a deliberative vote only.

3. That during the period of any declaration of a major emergency made under section 23 of the Emergency Management Act 2004 or any declaration of a public health emergency made under section 87 of the South Australian Public Health Act 2011, members of the committee may participate in the proceedings by way of telephone or video conference or other electronic means and shall be deemed to be present and counted for purposes of a quorum, subject to such means of participation remaining effective and not disadvantaging any member.

4. That this council permits the select committee to authorise the disclosure or publication, as it sees fit, of any evidence or documents presented to the committee prior to such evidence being presented to the council.

5. That standing order 396 be suspended to enable strangers to be admitted when the select committee is examining witnesses unless the committee otherwise resolves, but they shall be excluded when the committee is deliberating.

John Darley invites interested parties to prepare submissions. The arrangements for submission to the Select Committee will be advertised in the press soon.