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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 1 Hansard (11 February) . . Page.. 394..


Public service—corporate credit cards

(Question No 473)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for Health, on 10 December 2009:

(1) How many corporate credit cards are used by employees of each department or agency in the Minister's portfolio.

(2) For what purpose is each card issued.

(3) What is the average amount spent each month on each credit card.

(4) What was the total amount spent on each credit card in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 (c) 2008-09 and (d) 2009-10 to date.

(5) What is the limit on each credit card.

(6) How much has been spent on any form of catering, including official meals, at restaurants.

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

(1) There were ninety one corporate credit cards in use in ACT Health during the period from July 2008 to the present.

(2) The cards are issued for corporate purposes, including travel, training, accommodation, items for which no other payment option is available and for purchases of items for which the most effective purchasing method would be by Corporate Credit Card. It should be noted that credit card expenditure requires the same level of financial authorisation as any other payment method used by the Department.

(3) The average monthly expenditure on each credit card from July 2008 to end November 2009 is listed in the attached table.

(4) The total amount spent for each credit card in 2008-09 and 2009-10 to end November is listed in the attached table.

(5) The limit on each credit card is listed in the attached table.

(6) The Territory's financial system does not distinguish between credit card transactions and other payment transactions. Each monthly credit card statement would have to be manually analysed in order to answer this question. Given this time consuming requirement (for example, it would be necessary to extract up to 1,092 statements that are stored off-site to provide a response for one year) that information will be provided later. On advice from the Minister's office, given the significant and time consuming manual effort required, only information for 2008-09 and to November 2009 will be extracted.


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