Page 2853 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 11 October 2022

Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Debates(HTML) . . . . PDF . . . . Video

have raised with me, Ms Clay, including the female representation in our Transport Canberra workforce, and other issues raised by bus drivers, bus mechanics and other Transport Canberra employees through that process. I am looking forward to continuing to update the Assembly as we move through that. I can certainly provide further information to the Assembly once we release our full timetable and updated network before the end of term 4, which we will be communicating to the public.

MR PARTON: Minister, why are you insisting that this is a return to the full timetable when, very clearly, it is not?

MR STEEL: Because we are fully utilising all of our resources to deliver the fullest timetable that we can in the circumstances. We are committed to delivering reliable services, and they will still be delivered at a high frequency, particularly on the rapid routes. We have delivered a significant level of reliability over the last few years of the pandemic, and that continues to be our priority, to make sure that when a bus is timetabled, it shows up. We will be using all of the resources that we can to deliver those reliable services for the community, even during what will be a challenging period, with construction happening in the city, which will impact the entire traffic network, particularly for services that are entering the CBD and moving through that southern CBD area.

Cybersecurity—Optus data breach

DR PATERSON: My question is to the Minister for Business and Better Regulation. Minister, given the inaccurate inferences in the questions asked earlier, I am wondering if you could provide more detail on how many Canberrans have actually been affected by the Optus data breach?

MS CHEYNE: I thank Dr Paterson for the question. I appreciate the opportunity to discuss further what the ACT government has been doing to support affected Canberrans. As flagged earlier, the security of our personal information, including identification information, is incredibly important. Canberrans who are current or former Optus customers are rightly concerned about the potential consequences of this significant data breach.

Access Canberra was made aware of the Optus data breach on 22 September via the media, following the Optus announcement on their website. The government was not given the details of the numbers of Canberrans affected or exactly how they were affected. But I draw members’ attention to the federal government regulations that have been announced about information sharing so that both state and territory governments and financial bodies such as banks can be alert, working with customers to ensure that the greatest level of protection is afforded, resulting from this breach.

We do know, though, that in preceding weeks Canberrans’ personal identification information has been compromised and that at least several hundred Canberrans have had the two unique numbers on their drivers licence compromised. We have also learned that some Canberrans have had proof of age card details compromised. This is an evolving situation and we continue to engage with Optus to get a clear picture of the scope of the breach. Customers affected have been notified directly by Optus of the specific information compromised. We are working with those customers on the

Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Debates(HTML) . . . . PDF . . . . Video