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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 4 Hansard (26 March) . . Page.. 1512..












These amounts reflect payments made by ACT Health, and on behalf of ACT Health, by the ACT Insurance Authority (ACTIA), for litigated medical negligence matters only. They do not include costs incurred in investigating matters which do not eventuate in a claim and are shown gross of reinsurance recoveries and agency insurance excess payments. The amounts include both damages and plaintiffs' legal costs as ACT Health and ACTIA's databases do not make that distinction. In some instances, matters are settled inclusive of plaintiff's legal costs therefore no breakdown between damages and plaintiffs' legal costs is available.

Public service—travel

(Question No 67)

Mr Hanson asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 12 February 2009:

(1) How much did ACT Health spend on travel including itemised amounts for airfares, accommodation and travel allowance for the 2007-08 financial year.

(2) What proportion of travel was domestic as opposed to international.

(3) Did any officers from ACT Health undertake international travel during the period listed in part (1); if so, what was the purpose of the trip and how much did each trip cost.

(4) What proportion of airfares were for business or first class travel as opposed to economy.

(5) What proportion of trips were on Qantas as opposed to Virgin Blue and other airlines.

(6) Does ACT Health have a scheme where frequent flyer points accrued on departmental travel are used to help meet the costs of future travel; if so, what is the level of participation.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) In the 2007-08 financial year ACT Health spent a total of $1,622,329.00 on travel. This amount comprises the following:


$834,575 - travel both interstate and overseas


$173,281 - accommodation


$122,443 - travel allowance


$492,030 - other expenses (including taxi hire; care hire; use of private vehicle)

(2) 92.5% of the travel and related costs were for domestic travel.

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