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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 7 Hansard (4 August) . .

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All Housing ACT properties are constructed in accordance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA). The BCA provides the relevant standards of the day. It specifies fire safety requirements that differ between various construction types such as multi storey sites.

Housing ACT prioritises the safety of tenants. If a public housing property is found to be non-compliant with a building code or standard, Housing ACT will take remedial action and, wherever possible, pursue the matter through the builder, the building certifier and relevant legal processes.

Housing ACT has a maintenance system in place to regularly service and test fire protection equipment across its property portfolio. As a minimum, Housing ACT has installed hard wired smoke alarms in all of its properties. The alarms are tested by the Housing Managers during a client service visit and are replaced under a 10 year program or as a priority upon fail.

Budget—Cultural Facilities Corporation

Mr Barr (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Mr Smyth on Wednesday, 8 June 2016): There have been no staffing cutbacks at the Cultural Facilities Corporation (CFC). CFC staffing numbers have remained stable overall from 2014-15 to 2015-16 and are expected to remain at similar levels overall into 2016-17. The Full Time Equivalent (FTE) figures used in the CFC's staffing tables are, however, subject to significant variations due to the fact that these represent a snapshot of staffing at a certain moment in time: the last pay period of the financial year. Since the CFC engages many casual staff at the Canberra Theatre Centre, the FTE figure is highly influenced by the level of theatre activity at that point in time.

I am advised that, at the last pay date for 2014-15, a larger number of shows than usual were presented at the Canberra Theatre Centre, resulting in an Actual Outcome for 2014-15 of 90 FTE. In contrast, the budgeted FTE staffing figure for 2015-16 reflects an expectation of a normal pattern of theatre activity at the last pay period for the year, with an expected FTE of 81. This has been revised upwards slightly to an FTE of 82 for both the 2015-16 Estimated Outcome and 2016-17 Budget, on the expectation of a normal pattern of theatre activity in terms of casual staffing, plus an additional core staff member at the Canberra Theatre Centre. So there have been no reductions in staffing or in the activities or functions of the CFC nor are there intended to be.

Westside village—improvements

Mr Barr (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Smyth on Thursday, 9 June 2016): One trader has left Westside Village. They had no rent in arrears.

ACT public service—Land Development Agency

Mr Barr (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Mr Coe on Wednesday, 8 June 2016): For the 2015-16 financial year, to date there has been one reported allegation. An investigation was undertaken which concluded that there was no finding of misconduct.


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