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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 4 Hansard (29 March) . . Page.. 1617..


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

(1) March 2012.

(2) There are no delays in the publication of the ACT Public Service Workforce Profile for 2010-11.

Emergency services—crisis co-ordination centre (Question No 2013)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 15 February 2012:

(1) Did the ACT Government have any involvement in the design, development and location of the Federal Government's Crisis Co-ordination Centre.

(2) Has there been any consultation or collaboration between the ACT Government and the Federal Government in relation to the sharing of resources between the two governments in the development and the operation of the Crisis Co-ordination Centre.

(3) If there was no consideration given to any sharing of resources between the two jurisdictions, why was there no consideration.

(4) What duplication, if any, will now occur between the operations of the Crisis Co-ordination Centre and the ACT's Emergency Services Agency headquarters.

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

(1) The ACT Government was engaged, as all jurisdictions were, during the development of the new Crisis Coordination Centre (CCC) arrangements.

(2) The ACT, and all States and Territories, have primary responsibility for responding to emergency incidents within their jurisdiction. Consequently, each jurisdiction is responsible for ensuring they have processes and capabilities in place to manage the response to any incidents within their jurisdiction.

The CCC's role in a disaster event is to act as a single point of contact between the Australian Government and jurisdictions. During significant crises the CCC also provides a national coordination function when a disaster event either impacts upon multiple jurisdictions or where the affected jurisdiction requests assistance from the Australian Government in responding to the disaster event.

Whilst the CCC can send liaison officers to the relevant jurisdictions to enhance the sharing of resources and information, itself an important resource, it is not set up to duplicate nor facilitate individual jurisdictions' responses to an emergency incident.

(3) Refer to response in (2) above.

(4) As the CCC and the ESA Headquarters perform different but complimentary roles, there is no duplication of effort between the operations of the CCC and the ESA headquarters.


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