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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (25 October) . . Page.. 4337 ..


(2) What classifications are held by communications staff working in the (a) ED and in ACT schools and (b) Minister's office.

(3) How many levels of management are required to clear a media release for the ED.

(4) Does the Minister personally clear each media release put out by the ED.

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

(1) (a) As of the end of August 2018, the total number of positions by full-time equivalent and headcount allocated to communications roles within the Education Directorate is six. No communications staff are employed in ACT schools.

(b) None. Communications staff supporting the ACT Executive are employed in the Government Communications Unit in the Chief Minister's Office.

(2) (a) The classifications of the communications positions in the Education Directorate are as follows:

SOG A: 1 Senior Communications Manager

SOG B: 1 Assistant Communications Manager

SOG C: 2 Senior Communications Officer (1 currently vacant)

ASO 6: 1 Communications Officer

ASO 5: 1 Media and Communications Officer

(b) Not applicable.

(3) The Education Directorate very infrequently issues media releases; the last published on the ACT Open Government website was issued in 2015. Most education portfolio media releases promote government policy, programs or investment and are therefore issued in the name of the Minister. Media releases are drafted by either the Media and Communications team, the responsible line area or the Minister's office with support of the Directorate. Media releases are cleared by the Media and Communications Manager or Assistant Manager, the line area manager, director and the relevant Deputy-Director General/Executive Director. The media release is then forwarded to the Minister's office for consideration.

(4) Refer to (3).

ACT Health—review (Question No 1691)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 24 August 2018:

(1) Did ACT Health commission an independent review and system level redesign of withdrawal management services in 2016.

(2) Who was chosen to conduct this review and system level redesign.

(3) How was the person who conducted the review and system level redesign chosen.

(4) Has this work been completed; if so, how much did it cost.


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