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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 7 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 2968..


(2) Has the RSPCA entered into a contract with the Government for the services that it will deliver in 2012-2013; if so, will this fully meet the community demand for these services; if not, has the directorate given consideration as to how Domestic Animal Services will meet the demand over and above what the RSPCA are funded for, what those costs will be and whether additional funding will be provided to Domestic Animal Services.

(3) Can the Minister provide any cost modelling or other analysis that the Government has undertaken in relation to estimating the cost to Government if it had to directly deliver services that the RSPCA were no longer able to provide, or were to charge the Government on a fee-for-service basis with full cost recovery.

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

(1) The Service Funding Agreement (SFA) was negotiated for a two year period, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013, and was signed on 30 September 2011. The SFA identifies the specific activities that are to be undertaken by the RSPCA ACT.

On 10 formal occasions, a variety of TAMS officials, with the number of officials varying between meetings, met face-to-face with RSCPA representatives to develop the SFA.

The development of the SFA involved the following levels of TAMS officials:

Director General;

Deputy Director General;

Executive Director, Parks and City Services;

Director City Services;

Manager, Licensing and Compliance; and

Domestic Animal Services Registrar.

These meetings included discussions on the manner in which government could further assist the RSPCA to both deliver the services under the SFA and reduce RSPCA costs associated with the provision of those services.

(2) The two year SFA signed by the RSPCA ACT and the ACT Government on 30 September 2011 covers the period 2012-13. The terms of the mutually agreed SFA are expected to meet the animal welfare needs of the Territory.

(3) The Territory has not undertaken a comprehensive financial analysis of the cost to the Territory of providing the entire range of animal welfare services currently provided by the RSPCA. The RSPCA provides a number of animal welfare services that extend beyond the responsibilities of government.

Environment—shopping trolleys (Question No 2283)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 2 May 2012:

(1) In relation to shopping trolleys, with respect to the provisions in section 24C of the Litter Act 2004, as amended in March 2011, relating to the removal of trolleys from


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