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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (27 November) . . Page.. 4810 ..


would be aware, the 25th anniversary celebration continued when the mayor visited Canberra with a delegation of Japanese officials, educators and students from Nara.

The mission achieved the primary objectives: to promote opportunities for Japanese investment in Canberra, to explore research and technology collaborations with the Japanese government, research institutions and businesses and to grow and enrich the sister city relationship with Nara. The ACT government will work on the new relationships formed and the investment and collaboration leads established during this mission.

Finally, I acknowledge the support provided to the delegation by Australia's Ambassador to Japan, the Hon Richard Court, and his staff, particularly Bassim Blazey, acting head of mission at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo; Mr Brett Cooper, Austrade general manager for north-east Asia; Scott Morriss, trade commissioner at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo; Peta Arbuckle, counsellor in education at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo; and Mr Joe Nakazawa, country manager for Tourism Australia in Japan.

I present a copy of the statement:

Japan delegation—October 2018—Ministerial statement, 27 November 2018.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Ambulance demand and crewing

Ministerial statement

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Advanced Technology and Space Industries) (11.00): I rise to report to the Assembly on the ACT Ambulance Service, ACTAS, review of patterns of ambulance demand and crewing levels. The ACT government gave a commitment that by the end of this year I would report back to the Assembly on the outcomes of an ACTAS review of minimum crewing levels so that they more accurately reflect the minimum crews required during periods of known demand.

The current ACTAS policy on crewing levels originated in 2002, and the current minimum emergency operations crewing level was set in 2013. Under the policy, ACTAS aims for a minimum of 10 emergency ambulance crews during each shift and provides for two additional demand crews in each 24-hour period to assist in the management of peak periods of community demand.

As I have explained previously, and as advised by the Chief Officer of ACTAS, if it is known that there are not enough staff rostered to crew 10 emergency ambulances


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