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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 4 Hansard (4 May) . . Page.. 1291..


(2) Does the level of funding in the Productivity Commission Report into Government Services 2004-05 have different figures from those listed in part (1) regarding the level of Government funding for the ACT Ambulance Service; if so, why;

(3) What data is provided by the ACT Government to the Productivity Commission for the Report into Government Services in regards to ambulance funding and operations;

(4) Why do Productivity Commission figures differ so significantly from those provided by the ACT Government and which figures are accurate in determining the level of Government funding for ACT Ambulance Services;

(5) Is he able to say why the Transport Workers Union believes too much money was going towards the bureaucracy of the Emergency Services Authority (ESA) rather than towards front-line resources as reported in the Canberra Times 4/2/2006 Page 10;

(6) What level of ACT Ambulance Service funding is directed to ESA processes that do not directly influence the operations of the ACT Ambulance Service and what are these funds directed towards.

Mr Hargreaves

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

(1)

(a)

Unable to isolate ambulance GPO from ESB appropriation

(b)

Unable to isolate ambulance GPO from ESB appropriation

(c)

Unable to isolate ambulance GPO from ESB appropriation

(d)

$9.195m

(e)

$11.006m

(f)

$11.559m

(2) Yes. The Report on Government Services (ROGS) takes into consideration the cost of providing Ambulance Services. This cost also includes an overhead allocation for ESA support services such as Finance, Human Resources, Executive, Emergency Management, Training, Fleet, Stores and Communications.

(3) The ESA responds to the productivity commission via a template provided by them. The template requests financial and operational data and a data dictionary is provided to the ESA providing guidelines of what is to be included and how it is reflected.

(4) The amounts differ for the reasons provided in (2). Both figures are accurate. One reflects the direct cost of the Ambulance service and the other (ROGS) reflects both direct and indirect costs.

(5) No

(6) None

National Zoo and Aquarium

(Question No 985)

DR FOSKEY asked the Minister for the Environment (redirected to the Acting Minister for Economic Development and Business), upon notice, on 8 March 2006:


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