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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 11 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 3673..


(2) What has the Minister done since this incident to ensure that anyone asking for copies of certificates within the Registrar General's Office is asked to provide appropriate proof of identity;

(3) Will the Minister give an assurance that this situation will not occur again.

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

(1) There was a recent story in the media concerning a young woman who applied online to the ACT Registrar-General's Office website for a copy of her birth certificate. The application was completed correctly with all the required information being provided to establish the bona fides of the application and the identity of the applicant. In this case, the applicant opted to collect the birth certificate in person from the Registrar-General's Office. It is the usual business practice for such an applicant to be requested to provide proof of identity documentation, together with what is known as 'shared secrets' information, before the certificate is handed over the counter. With the number of birth, deaths and marriage certificate applicants that attend the office, it has not been possible to verify whether this did or did not occur in this case.

(2) Procedures have been reviewed to ensure that proof of identity documentation is called for and sighted in all cases where birth, death and marriage certificates are being supplied to applicants over the counter. At about the same time as the incident is alleged to have occurred, new procedures were being introduced to remove the option for online applicants collecting certificates in person from the Registrar-General's Office. A certificate applied for online is now sent by registered post to the address furnished on the application form. This has been done in the interests of efficiency and without in any way compromising proof of identity arrangements.

(3) Every effort is made by the Registrar-General's Office to ensure that proof of identity requirements are as good as they can be. Procedures are being reviewed continually, and in line with other jurisdictions, to minimise the risks of identity fraud.

Capital works-projects

(Question No 530)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 24 August 2005:

(1) What was delivered for the $478 000 of capital expenditure on the Facilities Improvement Program in Sport and Recreation as at the end of the March 2004-05 Quarter;

(2) What was the total amount of expenditure on the Facilities Improvement Program as at the end of the 2004-05 financial year;

(3) What further improvements were made in the last quarter of the 2004-05 financial year;

(4) If there was a roll-over into the 2005-06 financial year, what was the amount and has it been spent to date this financial year; if so, on what; if not, why not and when will it be spent;

(5) Has any of the $1.1 million allocated in the 2005-06 capital works budget for 'Sports Facilities' been expended to date this financial year; if so, how much and on what; if not, why not and for what sports facilities is it planned that the money will be spent on.


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