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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 8 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 2474..


MR QUINLAN (continuing):

That the report be noted.

Mr Speaker, the audit report summarises the results of the performance audit of the Y2K risk management by the ACT public sector agencies and addresses management responses to risks in relation to computer hardware, software applications, operating systems and computerised applications embedded in operational systems. The committee focused on critical systems in the key ACT agencies where it was noted that audit estimated that a little over 50 per cent of critical systems would be Y2K ready by 30 June 1999, although audit was confident that all agencies would be ready by 31 December if, in particular, outstanding work on the modernisation of the ACT IT infrastructure was complete.

The committee took evidence from key ACT agencies, ACTEW, Canberra Hospital, the ACT Emergency Services Bureau, InTACT, and the Office of Information Technology and Multimedia in the public hearing, and issues canvassed are outlined in the committee's report. The committee was advised that considerable progress had been made since the audit had been carried out and that some of the agencies had completed their Y2K readiness. The committee accepts that appropriate steps are being taken to attain full compliance by all ACT agencies. However, the committee will revisit this matter during November and will further report to the Assembly at that time.

The committee notes that the Emergency Management Bill 1998 is currently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety for examination. This committee considers it important that the Justice and Community Safety Committee report in sufficient time to allow the Assembly to consider and pass the Bill, amended if necessary, in order that the Emergency Services Bureau has powers appropriate to meet whatever emergency situation might arise on 1 January 2000. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

URBAN SERVICES - STANDING COMMITTEE

Inquiry into car parking at EPIC

MR HIRD: Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to make a statement regarding the Standing Committee on Urban Services new inquiry into car parking at EPIC.

Leave granted.

MR HIRD: Mr Speaker, on 3 August this year the Standing Committee on Urban Services resolved to inquire into and report on car parking at EPIC and the surrounding areas. We have moved quickly in relation to this inquiry. We have met with key stakeholders, taken evidence on two occasions and have visited the site. We have had assistance from officers in Urban Services, in particular, PALM. We have also visited other stakeholders, such as the Show Society, Summernats and EPIC, and taken evidence. Whilst I am now informing the house of the new inquiry, I am pleased to say


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