Supplementary Order Paper No 88

Explanatory note

New subsection (6) inserts a provision to allow the Office of the Auditor General the same direct access to privately managed prisons as it currently has to prisons managed by the Department of Corrections. This is to ensure that any report the Office of the Auditor General may decide to make to Parliament is based on information it has gathered in its own right and can certify is correct as opposed to a report based on information gathered by another agency.

New subsection (7) protects the commercial rights of the private management company by restricting the Office of the Auditor General to just those aspects of a contract prison that are within the normal domain of a prison run by the Department of Corrections.