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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 10 (19 October) . . Page.. 3368..

Gambling and Racing

One instance of unauthorised activity.

The bank identified and subsequently investigated the unauthorised activity. The unauthorised activity was reversed and all fees and charges refunded.

Justice and Community Services including ACT Workcover and Emergency Services.

Two payments were made in relation to fines where responsible officers could not be identified.

A performance audit of credit card use was undertaken by the ACT Auditor-General's Office. Action has been taken to refine process.

Land Development Agency

Earlier in 2006, an attempt to fraudulently misuse LDA's corporate credit card by telephone transactions was detected by the Department of Urban Services, who referred the matter to the Federal Police.

The amounts involved totalled just over $2,000 and the Commonwealth Bank has reimbursed the funds to LDA. Federal Police investigations are proceeding.

(8) No formal evaluation has been undertaken to determine the value received by the ACT community. Benefits arise where credit cards provide significant efficiencies in the purchasing and payment process. The use of a Corporate Credit Card:

  • is considered cost effective both in terms of the time taken to process a financial transaction and in paying a creditor promptly;
  • reduces paperwork and simplifies processing of routine office type transactions;
  • provides detailed bank records of expenditure;
  • is highly efficient for field staff operating in remote locations, out of hours and/or at short notice; and
  • is a preferred form of payment for the majority of suppliers and is considered an important facility for purchasing in the current market.

In addition, corporate credit cards are used, not just by governments, but also by private sector companies. With the shift to electronic transactions, it is sometimes difficult to make payments without access to a credit card.

Disabled persons—support

(Question No 1203)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Disability and Community Services, upon notice, on 24 August 2006:

(1) What has been the financial cost to the ACT of the implementation of the recommendations of the (a) Gallop Report for each financial year since 2001-02 and (b) Vardon Report for each financial year since 2003-04

(2) How many additional staff have been employed by the ACT Government in response to the recommendations of the (a) Gallop Report for each financial year since 2001-02 and (b) Vardon Report for each financial year since 2003-04.

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