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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 8 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 2673..

Answers to questions

Emergency Services—staff

(Question No 372)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 7 April 2005:

(1) How many of the 63 staff positions employed at the Emergency Services Authority (ESA) to fill positions in the past two years, that is to say staff that work for ESA but not any particular front line emergency agency, were advertised;

(2) If any of these positions have not been advertised, why not;

(3) Of these 63 staff, how many have been employed on a temporary basis, be it pursuant to the Public Sector Management Act 1994 or the ESA Certified Agreement;

(4) Of those people employed on a temporary basis, what are the terms and length of their employment agreements;

(5) Of the six temporary staff working on the Incident Management, Communication, Command and Control (IMC3) team, what precisely are the skills they possess such that the ESA believes that other suitable applicants could not be found if the positions were advertised in the wider community;

(6) What is the precise nature of the work that each of the members of the IMC3 team undertake;

(7) What is the previous employment background of each of the members of the IMC3 team;

(8) Has the authority head-hunted any employees or people performing contracting work; if so, what was the head-hunting process that was undertaken;

(9) Is there any provision in the Public Sector Management Act 1994 for head-hunting prospective employees;

(10) If any employees were head-hunted, why;

(11) If any positions were filled by people that were head-hunted, were these positions also advertised either (a) to the general public, (b) within the ACT Public Service or (c) within the ESA.

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

(1) 53

(2) 8 are filled on a temporary basis. 2 were filled by transfer from other ACTPS departments

(3) See answer (2)

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