PARLIAMENT'S public accounts committee is set to undertake an inquiry into the state funding of football in Tasmania.
Windemere MLC and chairman Ivan Dean confirmed yesterday that the committee had decided to undertake the inquiry, but was still working on its terms of reference.
"I put it forward today for the public accounts committee to have a look at this and the committee have agreed to take it on," Mr Dean said.
"They believe it is a matter that does need some consideration and we are currently in the process now of putting our terms of reference together and will have further discussion on that on Monday next week."
The public accounts committee members include Huon MLC Paul Harriss, Elwick MLC Adriana Taylor, Bass MHA Peter Gutwein, Braddon MHA Brenton Best and Bass MHA Kim Booth.
Mr Dean said once the terms of reference were decided the committee would determine when the inquiry would be held in terms of dates and times.
"In the public notice there is always the situation where the committee would be setting out its terms of reference and would call for any person to come forward to give evidence or be invited to make a written submission," he said.
He said the committee had the power to subpoena in certain circumstances, but it was very unusual for it to be used.
Mr Dean said he had called for the inquiry because of the community concern about what was happening with football and the state funding of $500,000 a year.
"People have approached me about it, concerned as to public funding and where it is going and what is happening with it," he said.
He could not say whether the committee would look at the wider issue of AFL funding for football and how it was being spent.
Mr Gutwein called for a parliamentary inquiry into the problems facing grassroots football last month.