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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2714..


6. Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision and to set priorities, meet deadlines and work under pressure.

7. A knowledge of and commitment to modern management principles including Workplace Diversity, Participative Management and Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) principles and practice in the workplace.

QUALIFICATIONS/SPECIAL CONDITIONS

Relevant experience in public relations or related field or have completed a degree or diploma from an Australian tertiary institution with a major in journalism/public relations (or comparable overseas qualification).

ActewAGL-contracts

(Question No 797)

Mr Smyth asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

In relation to ActewAGL and given the National Competition Policy, and the ACT Government's stated policy of seeking best value for the ACT Taxpayer's dollar:

(1) When will ActewAGL's role in constructing and maintaining the ACT's electricity, water and sewerage networks open to competition;

(2) ActewAGL has recently won several contracts to undertake construction of street lighting systems in the ACT e.g. single select packages of work (Margaret Timpson Park - $314k, and Replacement of Armoured Street Lighting cable - $600k+). How does the ACT Government ensure value for money and the best result for the community when it awards these packages without going to the market place;

(3) Given that the true internal recovery rate for an ActewAGL worker is of the order of $100/hr or more, is it possible that ActewAGL is being permitted to undercut the ACT's contracting community, and reducing the eventual dividend that it pays to the ACT Government in the process;

(4) When will ActewAGL's current contract for maintaining the ACT's street lighting assets end, and at that time will that contract become open to competition by others, if not, why not.

Mr Quinlan

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

1 The construction and maintenance of ActewAGL's water and sewerage networks are currently undertaken by a combination of ActewAGL personnel and private contractors. The Government has asked the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) to undertake an Inquiry into the public benefit of contestability in work on the electricity distribution network. The public benefit is assessed within the context of concerns about public safety, maintenance of technical integrity, and implications for capacity to respond to emergencies. The Government has also requested that the ICRC reports on this Inquiry in December 2003



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