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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 10 (19 October) . . Page.. 3371..

(1) When will a decision be made about ACT Academy of Sports scholarships for 2007;

(2) If a decision has already been made, how many athletes will receive scholarships for 2007;

(3) How many scholarships were given for 2006;

(4) What factors will you take into consideration when awarding scholarships.

Mr Barr

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

(1) A decision will be made when the budget is finalised and consultation with relevant National Sporting Organisations (NSO) and State Sporting Organisations (SSO) is completed.

(2) No decision has been made.

(3) There were 250 scholarship positions available for 2006 with 243 accepted by 30/6/06.

(4) Scholarship selection criteria for all squad programs is being developed in consultation with the relevant NSO and SSO. The awarding of scholarships for 2007 will be based upon these criteria.

Business ACT

(Question No 1213)

Mr Mulcahy asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 19 September 2006 (redirected to the Minister for Businesss and Economic Development):

(1) How is the ACT Government managing the process and timing of redundancies at Business ACT;

(2) Is the redundancy process at Business ACT creating ambiguity around the finality of employment for staff leaving the organisation;

(3) Is Business ACT allowing employees to leave the organisation without a redundancy payment because they have already secured work elsewhere.

Mr Stanhope

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

(1) Redundancies at BusinessACT are being managed in accordance with the provisions of the department's certified agreement.

(2) In accordance with the certified agreement, staff have been consulted and involved in organisational change. Written information provided on voluntary redundancies follows processes outlined in the certified agreement.

(3) Voluntary redundancy payments in BusinessACT are being made in accordance with the certified agreement. Staff whose positions are not affected by restructuring (for example, staff on temporary transfer with substantive positions elsewhere) may terminate their employment as they wish.

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