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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 9 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 3624 ..


3. There have been 39 applications rejected since the program started in 2012. Please See Attachment B for further details.

(Copies of the attachments are available at the Chamber Support Office).

Emergency services—communications (Question No 1628)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 3 August 2018:

What is the name of the service that can be contacted immediately by Emergency Services Agency Communication Centre staff and frontline crews who have difficulty communicating due to a language barrier and by what means are the translating services delivered.

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

The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) Communication Centre staff and frontline crews have 24/7 access to the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) if they are having difficulty communicating with a caller or recipient of the service due to a language barrier.

ESA personnel can contact TIS, identify themselves, and advise TIS of the language they think is required for the purpose of the call. A conference call is then conducted between the caller, the ESA personnel, and an interpreter.

Further information on the TIS is publicly available at https://www.tisnational.gov.au/en/About-TIS-National.

Government—visa applications (Question No 1629)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 3 August 2018:

(1) How many 190 Skilled—Nominated visas was the ACT allowed to support in (a) 2017-2018, (b) 2016-2017, (c) 2015-2016, (d) 2014-2015 and (e) 2013-2014.

(2) How many applications for 190 Skilled—Nominated visas were submitted to the ACT Government in (a) 2017-2018, (b) 2016-2017, (c) 2015-2016, (d) 2014-2015 and (e) 2013-2014.

(3) How many applications for 190 Skilled—Nominated visas were successful in attracting territory nomination from the ACT Government in (a) 2017-2018, (b) 2016-2017, (c) 2015-2016, (d) 2014-2015 and (e) 2013-2014.

(4) In the event that not all allotted 190 Skilled—Nominated visas were supported by the ACT Government in any given year, were any of these visas able to be rolled over to the following year or years; if so, how many were rolled over in each of the following years (a) 2017-2018, (b) 2016-2017, (c) 2015-2016, (d) 2014-2015 and (e) 2013-2014.


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