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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 4 Hansard (11 April) . . Page.. 1105..


Inspectors and rangers

(Question No 77)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health and Minister for Community Affairs, upon notice, on 19 February 2002:

(1) Which legislation administered in your portfolios requires the deployment of inspectors and rangers to police regulations and enforce compliance.

(2) How many inspectors/rangers are so employed.

(3) What powers are they authorised to exercise in the performance of their duties.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is:

(1) Which legislation administered in your portfolios requires the deployment of inspectors and rangers to police regulations and enforce compliance

Public Health Act 1997

Food Act 2001

Tobacco Act 1927

Smoke-Free Areas (Enclosed Public Places) Act 1994

Radiation Act 1983

Drugs of Dependence Act 1989

Poisons Act 1933

Pharmacy Act 1931

(2) How many inspectors/rangers are so employed

The Department of Health and Community Care has authorised a total of 29 officers as inspectors under the aforementioned legislation. The majority of inspectors authorised under the Public Health Act 1997 are also authorised as inspectors under the Food Act 2001, Tobacco Act 1927 and Smoke-Free Areas (Enclosed Public Places) Act 1994. The 2 inspectors authorised under the Radiation Act 1983 are not authorised under other legislation. The 2 inspectors authorised under the Drugs of Dependence Act 1989 are also authorised under the Poisons Act 1933 and the Pharmacy Act 1931.

Public Health Act 1997

Twenty-five staff are authorised as inspectors under the Public Health Act 1997 however only 14 are full-time field officers. The remainder are office based staff (managers, policy officers) who are available to provide assistance when required.


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