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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 12 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 3922..


Economic White Paper—action recommendations

(Question No 1259)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Business and Economic Development, upon notice, on 20 September 2006:

(1) In relation to Action 10 in the Economic White Paper, what action has been taken to develop a framework to provide a vehicle for Government piloting of locally developed products and services;

(2) What outcomes have been achieved from the development and application of this framework.

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

(1) In September 2004 the Government Procurement Board amended its pre-existing circular on Quotation and Tender Thresholds to assist agencies to pilot locally developed innovative products and services in accordance with the Economic White Paper initiative.

ACT Procurement Solutions disseminated information on the circular though the basis website, which contains information on the Territory's procurement and contracting activities, and also held several forums in 2004 and 2005 to increase knowledge of the initiative and circular.

(2) A number of potential opportunities to apply the provisions have been examined, with one significant proposal formally pursued under these arrangements. The project involved a four-month trial that enabled the (former) Emergency Services Authority to explore opportunities for data sharing and joint operational command and control between emergency-response agencies within and outside the ACT. The pilot project was completed successfully and a significant contract was ultimately awarded to the local provider.

Canberra Connect

(Question No 1260)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Business and Economic Development, upon notice, on 20 September 2006:

(1) In relation to Action 11 in the Economic White Paper, what action has been taken to enhance the role of Canberra Connect as a major entry point for providing government information to smaller businesses;

(2) What has been the response of ACT businesses to this enhancement of Canberra Connect.

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

(1) A range of initiatives has been implemented since the release of the Economic White Paper to enhance the role of Canberra Connect as a major entry point for providing government information to smaller businesses. These initiatives include the following.


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