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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 5 Hansard (11 May) . . Page.. 1697..

(1) How many Justices of the Peace were on the register in the ACT as at (a) 30 June 2000 and (b) 30 June 2005;

(2) Approximately how many hours of community service were provided by Justices of the Peace to the people of the ACT in (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2004-2005;

(3) What was the estimated cost of administering the Justice of the Peace system in the ACT during (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2004-2005;

(4) Has any estimate been made as to the value of the benefits of the services provided by Justices of the Peace in the ACT; if so, what is that estimate.

Mr Corbell

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

(1) Due to limitations on the database used to record the details of the Justices of the Peace, there is no way to check past numbers as at a specific date.

(2) The Department of Justice and Community Safety does not require Justices of the Peace to report on the services they provide.

(3) (a) It would be too resources intensive to find the costs for this period.

(b) $35,546. This figure only incorporates the cost of staff that administer the program and the cost of the long service awards held during this period. It doesn't incorporate the cost of police checks as that would involve the manual extraction of data that would be too resource intensive to undertake.

(4) No.

Emergency Services Authority—internal audit

(Question No 1017)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 28 March 2006:

(1) Has an internal audit function been established for the Emergency Services Authority (ESA); if so, from what date did this become operational; if not, why not and are there plans for an internal audit function to be established;

(2) How much will the running of this internal audit function cost the Government per financial year;

(3) How many employees constitute the internal audit function;

(4) Where are employees attached to the internal audit function sourced from, and (a) are they internally sourced or (b) was the position(s) filled by an external person(s) not previously associated with the ESA.

Mr Corbell

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

(1) Yes, the internal audit function commenced in September 2005 under the DUS Panel Contract.

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