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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2711..


(3)The Land Development Agency is awaiting a response from St Andrews. To enable the proposal to progress further studies, a Preliminary Assessment and a variation to the Territory Plan are required.

Justice and Community Safety-staff

(Question No 796)

Mr Smyth asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 24 June 2003:

(1) How long has the Department of Justice and Community Safety (JACS) had a position of 'Communications Manager';

(2) Is this a position that has been created recently, if so, what establishment methodology was used to justify its creation;

(3) Was this position advertised, if so, in what forums, if not, why not;

(4) How many applications were received for this position;

(5) Was a Merit Selection Process undertaken to fill the position;

(6) Who was on the selection panel for this position;

(7) When was the current "Communications Manager' appointed;

(8) What credentials did the current 'Communications Manager' have that saw the selection committee (if there is one) choose that person for the job;

(9) What salary level is this position;

(10) What is the duty statement and selection criteria of this position;

(11) Are temporary vacancies in JACS available to non permanent Public Servants.

Mr Stanhope

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

(1) The position of Communications Manager was created as a new position on 16 May 2003. Previously this role was undertaken using the services of external (contracted) communication consultants on an as required basis. The creation of a permanent position on the Department's establishment is regarded as a more cost effective means of providing these services to Government and the community, the need for which was heightened by the January bushfire crisis and its aftermath.

(2) The standard JACS establishment methodology was used to justify the creation of this position. This involves evaluating the need for the position as well as the work level standard.

(3) The position has not as yet been advertised having only recently been created. The position is temporarily filled on a short term employment contract pending a full recruitment and selection exercise. This exercise is expected to commence shortly.


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