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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 8 Hansard (24 August) . . Page.. 3730..


(6) What is the funding level, broken down by non-government organisation, to undertake these activities and where are they located in the ACT.

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

(1) The Justice and Community Safety Directorate (JACS) does not have staff employed specifically to provide or act as interpreters and support services for people from a non-English speaking background (NESB).

The Emergency Services Agency (ESA) employed a staff member from 1 July 2010 to 25 October 2010 as a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Liaison Officer. The ESA does not currently employ any staff members to provide or act as interpreters and support services for people from a NESB.

(2) See answer (1).

(3) See answer (1).

(4) Business units, including statutory office holders, within the Directorate utilise the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship if translation and interpreting services are required. The ESA provide a number of services to people from a NESB including:

* A translation service through the TIS is available upon request for emergency calls to Comcen and for ESA staff when operating in the community;

* All texts on the new ESA website launched in September 2011 can be translated to over 50 different languages using the translation tool on the top right hand side of each page;

* Presentations to local multicultural community groups or at events;

* An annual presentation on community safety to overseas students commencing at CIT;

* Brochures are available on community safety initiatives in other languages including Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and Hindi; and

* A foreign language guide available on all ACT Fire and Rescue trucks to use if required.

(5) The estimated cost to the Directorate for interpreter services in financial year 2010-11 was approximately $0.025m. This cost also includes TIS expenses incurred by the courts and statutory office holders such as the Human Rights Commission, Public Advocate and the Director of Public Prosecutions. The Directorate does not specifically provide annual funding to non-government organisations to provide or act as interpreters and support services for people from a NESB.

(6) See answer (5).

Taxation—payroll (Question No 2362)

Mr Smyth asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 10 May 2012:


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