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Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
1. Over the past two years, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 and during the most recent Omicron outbreak, the ACT Public Service as a whole has pivoted its focus to the COVID-19 response as its main priority. Everyone in the ACTPS has played a vital role in contributing to our ongoing response to the pandemic. While a whole-of-government approach was not used, individual directorates were responsible for negotiating with their Ministers on a case-by-case basis where policies and programs might need to be delayed or amended due to COVID-19.
2. Not applicable, the ACT did not use a whole-of-government approach.
3. The ACT Budget papers since March 2020 provide information on the policies or programs that received extra resources during COVID-19. The 2021-22 ACT Budget sets out the recovery and rebuilding effort in the next stage of the Government’s plan to support Canberrans through the pandemic and in recovery efforts. In addition, the ACT Government has outlined a range of programs and policies in its responses to the 2020 Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic Response and the Select Committee on the COVID-19 2021 Pandemic Response. Links to the Budget papers and Government Responses are provided below:
4. Not applicable, the ACT did not use a whole-of-government approach.
(Question No 729)
Ms Clay asked the Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction, upon notice, on 8 April 2022 (redirected to the Treasurer):
How many residential dwellings in the ACT have used less than 50L/day water in the last 12 months.
Mr Barr: I have sought Icon Water’s advice and the answer to the Member’s question is as follows:
There were 2,397 residential sites that recorded an average of less than or equal to 50L usage per day between March 2021 and February 2022.
It should be noted that:
• This figure may be impacted by some water usage estimations due to meter reader access issues.