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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 12 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 3932..

(4) The Government will soon be seeking expressions of interest from non-government organisations to submit proposals on developing a more innovative, industry-lead model of ScreenACT. There has been significant interest from non-government organisations involved in the film, TV and digital media industry in becoming involved in this new model of industry development. This new industry-lead model will build on the significant range of work and outcomes already achieved by ScreenACT to date.

Defence, Department, procurement activities

(Question No 1280)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Business and Economic Development, upon notice, on 21 September 2006:

(1) In relation to Action 28 in the Economic White Paper, what action has been undertaken to map ACT-specific industry capability relevant to the procurement activities of the Department of Defence;

(2) What have been the outcomes of this action;

(3) If this action has not been undertaken, why not.

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

(1) The Government has worked with Australian Business Limited's Defence Industry Network to support activities within the Region.

(2) Outcomes include:

    • Stronger networks to communicate effectively with the defence industry sector.
    • Export oriented events and trade missions with a defence focus to assist local companies expand into new markets (eg participation in the Avalon Airshow in Victoria).
    • Streamlined communications with industry on new services and acquisitions contracts to be tendered by defence.
    • Coordination of industry briefings, particularly for SMEs on defence requirements for major contract work.

(3) N/A

Convention facilities

(Question No 1282)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Business and Economic Development, upon notice, on 21 September 2006:

(1) In relation to Action 30 in the Economic White Paper, has any preliminary work been undertaken in relation to the development of new convention and exhibition facilities in the ACT; if so, what is the status of this work;

(2) In the event that new convention and exhibition facilities are developed, what is the likely timescale for this project.

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