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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 10 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 4418..


(2) The fit-out at the Nara Centre will be approximately 25 years old when staff are relocated to the new building in 2017. This timeframe is considered to be well past the end of life for an office fit-out, and regardless of the consequences of the new building, the fit-out at the Nara Centre will need to be replaced within this period. The costs associated with the new fit-out would be put forward as part of the normal budget process as currently occurs with any new office refurbishment.

Public service—pay increases (Question No 1698)

Mr Seselja asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 16 August 2011:

(1) What is the dollar amount of a 1 percent increase in pay for the ACT Public Service from the 2010-11 base.

(2) What growth in wages and salaries has the Government factored into the budget forward estimates.

(3) How much additional funding will need to be allocated in the budget years 2011-12 to 2014-15, to meet an overall increase in pay of 3.5 percent for two years.

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

(1) Based on the 2010 11 interim outcome for employee and superannuation expenses (totalling around $1.6 billion), a 1 per cent increase in pay for the ACT Public Service would have a direct cost of around $16 million.

(2) The budget and forward estimates contain provision for a range of current and future wage negotiations for broad budgetary planning purposes.

(3) This is the subject of ongoing enterprise bargaining negotiations. The government is yet to finalise its consideration of the level of funding that may need to be allocated.

Finance—lease variation revenue (Question No 1699)

Mr Seselja asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 16 August 2011:

What portion of the estimated revenue collected for the Lease Variation Charge in 2011-2012 to 2014-15 is from (a) units in retirement complexes, (b) care beds in retirement complexes, (c) residential activity and (d) commercial activity for each year until 2014-15.

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

(1) In forecasting the Lease Variation Charge, Treasury does not predict specific developments or activity in particular zones. The Member should note the mix of activity between residential and commercial zones can vary substantially from year to year.


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