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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 6 Hansard (11 May) . . Page.. 2251..


ACT public service—account payment arrears

(Question No 191)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 2 April 2009:

With respect to payment of accounts by the Department of Territory and Municipal Services for the financial years (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09 (up to 31 December 2008), (i) what proportion of accounts payable were not paid within 30 days, (ii) what proportion of accounts were not paid within 90 days, (iii) what were the major reasons why accounts were not paid on time, and (iv) what actions are you taking to increase the proportion of accounts paid on time.

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

For the financial periods stated, TAMS was operating its own version of ORACLE which had not been configured to produce the requested information concerning the timeliness of accounts payments. In October 2008 the separate versions of ORACLE operated by individual agencies were replaced with a single ORACLE system.

Work is currently underway to enable production of the requested information and this information will be able to be produced for all agencies with accounts paid through Shared Services. This information will be available at the commencement of 2009-10.

Shared Services has maintained records during the requested financial periods of the timeliness in which it enters accounts into the financial system following receipt of those accounts from agencies. Over the requested financial periods Shared Services has on average entered accounts within two working days of receipt of the accounts at Shared Services. The accounts are then scheduled to be paid within 30 days from the invoice date, or immediately if the accounts are already due for payment.

ACT public service—account payment arrears

(Question No 192)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 2 April 2009:

With respect to payment of accounts by ACTION for the financial years (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09 (up to 31 December 2008), (i) what proportion of accounts payable were not paid within 30 days, (ii) what proportion of accounts were not paid within 90 days, (iii) what were the major reasons why accounts were not paid on time, and (iv) what actions are you taking to increase the proportion of accounts paid on time.

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

For the financial periods stated, TAMS was operating its own version of ORACLE which had not been configured to produce the requested information concerning the timeliness of accounts payments. In October 2008 the separate versions of ORACLE operated by individual agencies were replaced with a single ORACLE system.

Work is currently underway to enable production of the requested information and this information will be able to be produced for all agencies with accounts paid through Shared Services. This information will be available at the commencement of 2009-10.


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