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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4259..


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

(1) Thirteen provisional and one permanent business migrant were sponsored in 2005-06.

(2) Seventeen permanent and three temporary business migrants were granted business visas in 2005- 06 and moved to the ACT.

(3) The Department promotes the ACT Business Migration guidelines through the BusinessACT website and provides services to assist potential business migrants with their particular requirements.

(4) The application forms and guidelines / criteria for ACT Government sponsorship are published on the BusinessACT website. They comply with the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA) visa criteria.

Public service—staff

(Question No 1380)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Business and Economic Development, upon notice, on 14 November 2006:

(1) How many officers were working in positions related to business and economic development as at (a) 1 January 2006 and (b) 1 October 2006;

(2) How many vacant positions related to business and economic development existed as at 1 October 2006;

(3) How many officers in these areas have taken voluntary redundancies during 2006;

(4) How much have these voluntary redundancies cost;

(5) How many officers working in these areas as at 1 January 2006 have taken up positions in other areas of the ACT Government during 2006.

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

(1) a) 52 officers on 29 December 2005

b) 15 officers on 1 October 2006

(2) There were 3 vacant positions at 1 October 2006

(3) As at 4 December 2006, 40 officers have taken voluntary redundancies and a further officer has accepted an offer of voluntary redundancy and will separate from the ACT Public Service by 22 December 2006.

(4) The total severance component for 36 of the 41 officers is $1,568,392.77. Final monies calculations for five officers are being finalised and therefore are not included in the above figure.

(5) One officer has taken up a position in another area of the ACT Government.


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