Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 3 Hansard (15 March) . . Page.. 690..
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(Question No 1471)
Dr Foskey asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 28 February 2007:
(1) How many qualified or practising planners are employed in the Chief Minister's Department;
(2) When were those appointments made;
(3) Why it is necessary to employ planners in the Department in addition to the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA);
(4) How does the Government ensure that there is no conflict between the work of planners in ACTPLA and those in the Chief Minister's Department;
(5) What mechanisms are in place to ensure ongoing dialogue between planners and people with responsibility for planning direction in the different departments.
Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:
(1) Whilst some staff employed in the Chief Minister's Department may have planning qualifications, no officers in the department are employed as planners.
(2) Not applicable.
(3) Not applicable.
(4) Not applicable.
(5) As a central policy agency, Chief Minister's Department has a range of mechanisms in place to ensure ongoing dialogue between the staff of agencies on across government issues. These include Management Council (comprising all Chief Executives), interdepartmental committees and other management forums. The Cabinet process is another formal mechanism for interagency dialogue. Less formally, there is extensive ongoing liaison between agencies, including between CMD and ACTPLA on a wide range of planning policy issues.