Joint Committee on the Office of the Valuer General
The Joint Committee on the Office of the Valuer General is a current joint standing committee, established 1 July 2003, re-established 22 June 2011.
The Committee was first established in July 2003 as a joint statutory committee and operated until the end of the 53rd Parliament in early 2007.
The Committee was re-established in the 54th Parliament on 25 September 2008 as a joint standing committee, by resolution of the Parliament.
The Committee monitors and reviews the exercise of the Valuer-General's functions with respect to land valuations. In particular, the Committee can monitor valuation methodologies, the arrangements under which valuation contracts are negotiated and entered into, and the standard of valuation services provided under such contracts.
The Committee does not, however, have the ability to review individual valuations or objections to individual valuations. The processing of these issues remains the responsibility of the statutory officer, the Valuer-General.
Inquiries (click to show)
During the current parliament, the following inquiries have been undertaken by the committee:
Records of 9 earlier inquiries conducted by the committee are also available online.
Submissions invited (click to show)
The committee is not actively receiving submissions at present. Past submissions may be available under the relevant inquiry.
Reports and government responses (click to show)
Members (click to show)
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Postal address (click to show)
Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Terms of Reference establishing Committee (click to show)
Resolution Passed 22 June 2011, Legislative Assembly, Votes & Proceedings No 23, Entry 9, p. 7.
(1) A Joint Standing Committee, to be known as the Joint Standing Committee on the Office of the Valuer-General be appointed.
(2) The committee’s functions be:
(a) to monitor and review the exercise of the Valuer-General’s functions with respect to land valuations under the Valuation of Land Act 1916 and the Land Tax Management Act 1956, and in particular:
(i) to monitor the methodologies employed for the purpose of conducting such valuations,
(b) to report to both Houses of Parliament, with such comments as it thinks fit, on any matter connected with the exercise of the Valuer-General’s functions referred to in paragraph (a) to which, in the opinion of the committee, the attention of Parliament should be directed,
(ii) to monitor the arrangements under which valuation service contracts are negotiated and entered into, and
(iii) to monitor the standard of valuation services provided under such contracts,
(c) to report to both Houses of Parliament any change that the Committee considers desirable to the Valuer-General’s functions referred to in paragraph (a),
(d) to inquire into any question in connection with the Committee’s functions which is referred to it by both Houses of Parliament, and to report to both Houses on that question.
(3) The functions of the Committee not extend to the investigation of any matter relating to or arising from a particular valuation of a specific parcel of land.
(4) The Committee consist of five members as follows:
(a) three members of the Legislative Assembly of whom two must be Government members and one must be a non-Government member, and
(b) two members of the Legislative Council of whom one must be a Government member and one must be a non-Government member.
(5) Mr Clayton Barr, Mr Matt Kean and Mrs Leslie Williams be appointed to serve on the Committee as the members of the Legislative Assembly.
(6) Notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders of either House, at any meeting of the Committee, any three members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum, provided that the Committee meets as a Joint committee at all times.
(7) The Committee have leave to sit and transact business during the sittings or any adjournment of either House, and despite any prorogation of the Houses of Parliament.
(8) The Committee have leave to make visits of inspection within the State of NSW and other States and Territories of Australia.
(9) A message be sent acquainting the Legislative Council of the resolution and requesting the Legislative Council appoint two of its members to serve with the members of the Legislative Assembly on the Committee, and to fix a time and place for the first meeting.