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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 21 September 2006) . . Page.. 3102 ..

What efficiencies is the Government hoping to achieve with the new benchmarks;

Are the benchmark figures accurate; if so, what is the evidence of this and will the Minister publicly release that evidence;

Will such changes to the Community Housing sector see the demise of community housing in the ACT; if not why not.

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

The implementation of Benchmark payments will achieve consistent funding arrangements for all community housing within the $1.06m available from the Commonwealth State Housing Agreement (CSHA).

Yes. The benchmark figures were developed in consultation with community housing organisations for the ACT Community Housing Funding Review. This document and the Government’s response to the funding review have been sent to community housing organisations and will be made available on the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services website.

No. The Government is committed to an efficient and effective community housing sector that maximises tenant outcomes within the $1.06m available in the CSHA.

Public service—SES positions

(Question No 1208)

Mr Pratt asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 24 August 2006:

Regarding SES positions in the ACT Public Service:

Following the ACT Budget, how many SES positions in the ACT Public Service, where permanent contracts were in place, have now been amended;

How many of these amended contracts have become temporary positions;

How many of these amended contracts have become acting positions.

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

The ACT Public Service does not offer permanent contracts for ACT executives, but rather long-term (up to five years) and short-term (less than two years) contracts. In the context of a broad range of machinery of government and organisational change processes, there are a number of changes to executives holding long-term contracts. The number of executives on either long-term or short-term contracts has decreased by two from 148 to 146 since the June 2006 Budget.

Long-term contracts are not amended to become ‘temporary’.

There are currently 45 short-term contracts in place in the ACT. This reflects a range of factors: back filling a vacancy as a result of leave arrangements, interim organisational arrangements, and short-term projects. Given the nature of changes occurring in the ACTPS it is anticipated that numbers will continue to fluctuate in the next few months.

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