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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 2 Hansard (4 March) . . Page.. 856..


(2) What checks and balances are in place to ensure best practice in relation to the management of the processing of invoicing and payments out to such contractors.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The annual cost in 2003-04 is expected to be $26m

The comparable Budget figures in previous years are:

1998-99

$20.600m

1999-00

$20.600m

2000-01

$22.160m (please note that the GST came into effect

on 1 July 2000)

2001-02

$22.388m

2002-03

$22.160m

Please note: $3m of Capital Improvements budget has been transferred to Repairs and Maintenance budget for 2003-04 as, under the revised Asset Recognition Policy, some work previously defined as capital is now recurrent in nature.

(2) Total facility management contracts, for maintenance commenced on 1 July 2001. My Department is constantly reviewing the performance of these contracts. All work is raised and managed by the Total Facilities Manager. Upon completion, invoices are submitted to the Department for authorisation and payment. The Total Facilities Manager is required to audit 5% of all works orders raised to subcontractors, the results of these audits are provided to the Department on a monthly basis. In addition, the Department has its own Audit Team, which independently audits the Total Facilities Manager and subcontractor performance each month.

Housing-debt

(Question No 1270)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice:

(1) Was there a debt blow out within A.C.T. Housing at the end of the 2003 calendar year;

(2) If so what was the amount of that debt and why did this blow out occur.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) & (2)

Total arrears owing by current tenants increased by $188,855 or 17.38% over the October to December 2003 period. This represents 1.3% of total rental income in the October to December period. Tenant arrears traditionally increase each year towards Christmas although this year was larger than previous years. My department is examining the reasons for this and moving to reduce the level of debt.


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