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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2182..


(2) Twenty-Seven bus drivers were employed in the 2001 - 2002 financial year for the School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS).

(3) Twenty bus drivers employed for the SSTS still work for ACTION. Seven are no longer working for ACTION.

(4) The seven drivers no longer working for ACTION left by resignation.

(5) No drivers were given pay outs. Driver numbers were managed through natural attrition and a temporary suspension of the 2002 driver recruitment program.


The total cost to ACTION to employ these drivers in the 2001 - 2002 financial year was $736,100, which was covered by the SSTS budget. For the 2002 - 2003 financial year the salaries for the twenty remaining SSTS drivers are part of the general salaries budget for ACTION drivers.

School student transport scheme

(Question No 651)

Mr Smyth

asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice:

In relation to bus travel and the claim made in 2001 where it was estimated by Labor that in 2001-02 $780,000 and $1.62m subsequent years would be returned to the Territory's coffers by replacing the School Student Transport Scheme with the flat fare structure, has this been the case and can you provide figures showing what funds have been returned to the ACT by replacing the SSTS with the new flat fare structure.

Mr Corbell

: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

2001-02

2002-03

Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003-04

2004-05

Government Funding:

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

School Student Transport Scheme - Outlay

5.430

4.100

4.290

4.480

Early Termination SSTS - Funds Returned

(1.407)

(4.100)

(4.290)

(4.480)

Flat Fare Structure - Outlay

-

2.200

2.200

2.200

Net Savings to Government with Returned Funds

(1.407)

(1.900)

(2.090)

(2.280)

As illustrated by the shaded area in the table above the net savings that were returned to the ACT Government as a result of replacing the SSTS with the new flat fare exceeded the expected returns of $0.78m in 2001-02 and $1.62m in subsequent years.


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