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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 11 Hansard (17 September) . . Page.. 3266..


Bushfires—preparedness

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the minister for emergency services. The Auditor-General's report on the ACT's bushfire preparedness noted that, with regard to the Emergency Services Agency, there is currently no target level of incident management team capability and, therefore, no means to determine how many officers need developing and in what roles and to what level. This is from the bushfire preparedness report on page 151. Minister, since the publication of the bushfire preparedness report, has the government taken any measures to address this? If yes, what has it done? If not, why not?

MR CORBELL: The Emergency Services Agency continues to take measures to ensure that we have appropriate personnel trained to deal with different levels of incidents in accordance with the national arrangements for incident management. I am happy to provide further detail to the member in relation to those measures.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, without a capability target, how does the agency determine how many officers need developing and in what roles and at what levels?

MR CORBELL: The responsibility of incident management capability falls in the first instance directly upon the heads of each of the four emergency services, the chief officers of each of those services. The government relies on the advice of those officers. I am happy to provide further details to the member in relation to the steps taken by those services to ascertain their operational requirements and what steps they are taking to ensure that they are being put in place.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, when were you made aware that there are no target levels for incident management team capability?

MR CORBELL: It is not a matter that I believe I was aware of prior to the Auditor-General's report being known, but I would be very happy to check the record and confirm that or otherwise to the Assembly.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, why are you allowing bushfire risk levels to be elevated by an inadequate capability strategy?

MR CORBELL: I am not.

Supreme Court—workload

DR BOURKE: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney, can you please advise the Assembly what the data is showing for hearing waiting times in the Supreme Court?


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