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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 6 Hansard (8 June) . . Page.. 2090..


(1) What was the time period allowed at the end of the financial years (a) 2001-2002, (b) 2002-2003, (c) 2003-2004, (d) 2004-2005, (e) 2005/2006 for a police security check to be carried out prior to a person starting employment;

(2) Has the time period allowed for a police security check to be carried out prior to employment increased over this period;

(3) If the time allowed has increased, (a) how is the increase justified, given that it slows down employment in the ACT and (b) what is the Government doing to reduce the time allowed.

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

(1) In relation to ACT Public Service staff, the time periods allowed in the financial years quoted for a police security check to be carried out prior to a person starting employment vary across agencies.

One agency has reported that it does not have a specified timeframe for responses. Another agency has reported that statistics are not maintained as to the time between lodging a request for a police check and the return of the police report. That agency notes that most reports are received within a few days of the request, however, the actual time can vary based on a number of factors including the individual concerned.

Four agencies have reported that the average response time over the 5 year period is 5 days. One agency has reported that the usual timeframe over the 5 year period to complete a standard AFP 'no exclusion' police check is 10-14 working days.

One agency has reported time frames of up to 6 weeks for each of the years in the period 2001-2002 to 2004-2005 (ie (a) to (e) above) and a time frame of up to 2 weeks in 2005/2006.

One agency has reported that it was not established in 2001-2002, and had the following time periods in the other financial years:

(b)

2002-2003 - 16 days;

(c)

2003-2004 - 28 days;

(d)

2004-2005 - 28 days; and

(e)

2005/2006 - 19 days.

(2) One agency has reported that the time period allowed for a police security check to be carried out prior to employment has increased since 2002-2003. All other agencies have reported that there has been no such increase.

(3) The agency that reported the increasing time period is examining options currently used by another ACTPS agency. The agency liaises directly with the current service provider, continually tracking the progress of police checks.

Environment-Myna bird trapping

(Question No 1148)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for the Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 11 May 2006:


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