Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . . Page.. 2925..
(Question No 372)
Mr Corbell asked the Treasurer, upon notice:
In the 2001-02 Budget papers (Budget Paper 4) ACTTAB has listed under "2001-02 Highlights" the relocation of its head office complex to a new custom built facility to meet current occupational health and safety standards and to improve occupational efficiencies:
(1) What are the current occupational health and safety standards not being
met by the current head office complex?
(2) When and how did the ACTTAB become aware of these unmet occupational health and safety standards?
(3) Was there an occupational health and safety analysis of the head office complex undertaken?
(4) What operational efficiencies are expected to be achieved by relocating to a new head office complex?
(5) What are the estimated savings of those efficiencies per annum over the
next 10 years?
(6) Why can those efficiencies not be achieved in the current headquarters?
(7) What advice did the ACTTAB receive in relation to the estimated operational efficiencies?
(8) How were these efficiencies determined?
(9) Will the site be sold via a public tender?
(10) If not, why not?
(11) Who has provided the valuation of the site?
Mr Humphries: The answers to the member's questions are as follows:
(1) All ACTTAB Head Office buildings have exceeded their "use by" date in terms of occupational health and safety issues and non-compliance with current regulations and codes. As the oldest building was constructed 34 years ago, external consultants have identified that certain systems are beyond their economic useful life.
Any building of that age would not be fully compliant with current occupational health and safety regulations. Although not unsafe, there are specific instances of non-compliance, such as:
exit travel distances do not fully comply with standards;
treads and raisers do not fully comply with standards; and
access for people with disabilities is not provided in all areas.