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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 6 Hansard (9 May) . . Page.. 1886..


(4) The agreement with the 'adventure ride' operator provides the Territory with an annual fixed fee and a sliding percentage of turnover depending on the number of patrons.

Health Directorate—savings (Question No 85)

Mr Hanson asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 21 March 2013:

(1) Was the Directorate successful in meeting the prescribed savings outlined in the 2011-12 Budget.

(2) How much did the Directorate save from (a) travel and accommodation, (b) printing and stationary, (c) consultants and contractors, (d) recruitment and training and (e) electricity usage.

(3) What is the Directorate's progress in achieving the savings for the 2012-13 financial year and how much has been saved to date.

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

(1) The Health Directorate achieved an overall result in 2011-12 of an improvement to the budgeted deficit of $9.448M.

(2) After allowing for indexation, ACT Health spent less in 2011-12 than in 2010-11 for (a) travel and accommodation ($139,000) (b) printing and stationery ($238,300) (c) consultants and contractors ($18,000) (d) recruitment and training ($675,100) and (e) electricity ($454,600).

(3) ACT Health is on track to under spend against the overall expenditure budget in 2012-13. After allowing for indexation, ACT Health has spent less across the five categories identified in Question 2 in 2012-13 than in 2011-12 by $20,354.

It is difficult to demonstrate prescribed savings in these categories because the services and workforce are growing as facilities are opened and demand for services grows. The 2012-13 year to date figures reflect that while we are making prescribed savings, costs are higher for budgeted increase due to the opening of new facilities and growth in services. For example, expenditure on electricity is higher following the commissioning of new facilities (Centenary Women and Children's Hospital - Stage 1, Gungahlin Health Centre, Adult Mental Health Facility).

Health—funding (Question No 86)

Mr Hanson asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 21 March 2013:

(1) Did the Commonwealth Government revise funding to the States and Territories under the National Health Reform, in October during the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, due to changes in population estimates from the Australian Bureau of


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