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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 22 September 2005) . . Page.. 3652 ..


In relation to the provision of $5.449 million of additional funds to the Emergency Services Authority during 2004-05, when did the Government receive advice from the Authority of the need for additional funding of $5.449 million;

What were the components of the additional funding that were sought by the Authority for (a) general insurance premium, (b) Comcare premium, (c) overtime costs for ACT Fire Brigade, (d) security upgrade at the Authority’s headquarters, (e) implementing the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan, (f) costs associated with the January 2003 Coronial inquiry, (g) costs associated with ACT Emergency Service medals, (h) additional establishment costs, (i) indexation for salaries, (j) additional media resources, (k) other salaries and wages and (l) any other matters;

Why, and for what specific purposes, were three requests for (a) $1.271 million, (b) $2.089 million and (c) $2.089 million made for the additional funding of $5.449 million;

Why was the first request for $2.089 million dated 3 June 2005 and the relevant Direction 2004-05/8 dated 14 June 2005;

Why was the second request for $2.089 million dated 20 June 2005 and the relevant Direction 2004-05/10 dated 27 June 2005;

Why were there two requests for an identical amount of $2.089 million;

Was an evaluation undertaken of each of the requests for additional funding from the Authority; if not, why not;

If an evaluation of these requests was made, what did those evaluations reveal;

Were all the additional funds sought by the Authority to be spent during 2004-05; if so, were all these funds committed or spent by 30 June 2005; if not, why not;

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

The Commissioner of the Emergency Services Authority wrote to the Under Treasurer on 20 May 2005 requesting funding from Treasurer’s Advance;

The Authority requested funding from Treasurer’s Advance for salaries and administrative expenditure because of the following unforseen expenditure during 2004-05:

general insurance premium ($0.370m);

Comcare premium ($0.400m);

overtime costs for the ACT Fire Brigade ($0.932m);

security upgrade at the Authority’s headquarters ($0.170m);

implementing the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan ($0.250m);

costs associated with the January 2003 Coronial inquiry ($0.272m);

costs associated with ACT Emergency Service medals ($0.189m);

additional establishment costs ($0.566m);

indexation for salaries ($0.060m);


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