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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 1 Hansard (12 February) . . Page.. 369..

(3) Why was this service introduced to executive staff of the Legislative Assembly.

Mr Stanhope

: The answer to the member's question is:

(1) The Chief Minister's Department and the Department of Treasury currently have a single contract with Davison Trahaire Corpsych for counselling services.

This contract is for departmental staff and does not explicitly extend to Ministerial staff employed under the Legislative Assembly (Members Staff ) Act 1989. However, Ministerial staff could access counselling support under this contract.

(2) The cost to the ACT Legislative Assembly Secretariat for the provision of the counselling services by Davidson Trahaire Corpsych is based on usage of the service. The service provider has not been able to identify any staff of Ministers who have used the service provided under the contract.

(3) This service is part of an existing departmental arrangement. It is widely recognised that such services can help reduce the incidence, severity, and costs of workplace injury and enhance compliance with occupational health and safety obligations.

Security upgrades

(Question No 1130)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 26 November 2003:

In relation to security upgrades:

(1) Why was the allocation of $200 000 for security upgrades revised down to $97 000 in the 2002-03 capital works program;

(2) Which schools or community groups missed out on security upgrades due to the downward revision of $103 000;

(3) What security measures were installed and where as part of the $97 000 expended in 2002-03;

(4) Have any funds been made available for security upgrades in 2003-04, if not, why not. If so, how much has been allocated;

(5) If yes to (4) have any bids been made for work in 2003-04, if so, which schools or community groups have made bids and for what type of security upgrade.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to Mr Pratt's question is:

(1) The allocation of $200 000 for security upgrades was revised down to $97 000 in the 2002-03 capital works program due to delays in resolving the approved scope of work for security fencing around Evatt Primary School with the school community and ACT Planning Authority.

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