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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 5 Hansard (7 April) . . Page.. 1667..

Housing ACT—staff

(Question No 327)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 16 March 2005:

(1) What mechanisms and opportunities do all staff at Housing ACT, between the Administrative Service Officer 1 and 6 levels, have to provide feedback to senior management between the levels of Senior Officer Grade C and A;

(2) What steps are then taken to provide a response to the feedback provided by staff to senior management.

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

(1) It is an ACT Public Service wide requirement to enter into Performance Agreements with all staff which enables managers to evaluate staff performance. In this context staff are given the opportunity to raise issues of concern with their manager.

In Housing ACT staff are given the opportunity to raise issues at regular staff meetings and by other mechanisms such as:

specific issues forums; and

comments on draft policy and procedure papers.

(2) The steps taken vary according to the nature of the feedback.

Finance—act of grace payments

(Question No 328)

Mr Smyth asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 17 March 2005:

(1) On how many occasions in (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05 to date have act of grace payments been authorised and paid by Treasury;

(2) What are the reasons for each act of grace payment in (a) and (b) above.

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

(1) (a) The Member is referred to the Department of Treasury Annual Report 2003-2004 Volume 2, page 78, Notes 47 and 48 ( In addition, Treasury authorised three payments, funded by ACT Health.

(1) (b) 43 payments. In addition, Treasury authorised two payments, one funded by the Office for Children, Youth and Family Support and the other from public money.

(2) The Act of Grace payments in 2003-04 relate to the reimbursement of and / or payment of: debits tax paid by a credit union on accounts held by non-ACT residents; debits tax on payroll fund accounts; motor vehicle duties, rates, land tax and conveyance charges paid by victims of the 2003 bushfire; and rates paid by pensioners; an at-risk remuneration supplement to an executive officer; and supply of oxygen to patients. A more detailed list is attached.

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