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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 8 Hansard (18 August) . . Page.. 3587..


3) I consider that the law and guidelines in relation to Regulatory Impact Statements have been applied appropriately.

4) See response to question 3.

Emergency services—telephone warnings (Question No 1662)

Mr Rattenbury asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 30 June 2011:

(1) In relation to the recent trial of emergency warnings in Dunlop which used billing address information to send text messages to mobile phones and pre-recorded voice messages to landlines, what percentage of voice messages were listened to.

(2) Is it possible to determine the percentage of sent text messages that were opened; if so, what was the percentage; if not, what data is available from the trial on this issue.

(3) Did the Minister state last year on 25 May during the 2010-2011 Estimates process that the ACT was "now in stage 2 of the development of the system, which will allow warnings to be sent to all mobile telephones in a defined geographic location as well as those landline and mobile telephones that have their billing address in the area"; if so, why was the capacity to target all mobile phones in a defined geographic location not used in the trial.

(4) Is it possible to determine the percentage of text messages that were sent to mobile phones that were outside of the ACT at the time; if so, what is the percentage; if not, what data is available from the trial on this issue.

(5) It is possible to determine the number of mobile phones that were in Dunlop at the time of the trial that did not receive text messages because they had a billing address from outside the defined Dunlop region; if not, what data is available from the trial on this issue.

(6) Are there more trials planned before the commencement of the 2011-2012 bushfire season and will they send text messages to all mobile phones within a defined geographic location; if so, what are the details of the trials; if not, what has happened to the technological capacity to target defined geographical areas that was discussed last year.

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

(1) The trial identified 1573 fixed line telephones in the target area. Of these, 1391 calls were answered, which equates to approximately 88% of the voice messages sent.

(2) The Emergency Alert system does not provide information on how many text messages are opened or read. The trial identified 5180 mobile services in the target area. Of these, 3468, or approximately 67% were turned on at the time of the message being sent.

(3) The ability to target all mobile phones in a defined geographic location is not yet available for use with Emergency Alert.


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