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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 12 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 3920..

(2) How will disputes between small and large businesses and government agencies be dealt with;

(3) How will small business service charters within government agencies be developed, implemented and monitored;

(4) How will information on the adverse impact of legislation or market practices on small businesses be collected, analysed and reported to the Government.

Mr Stanhope

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

(1) The 2006-07 Budget announced the refocus of government business support. The new approach will focus on providing information and advice to small and medium enterprises and support for mentoring, focusing on capability building and enterprise development. A procurement process is underway seeking proposals from non-government organisations to bring this service together.

(2) There are currently a number of private sector dispute mediation services operating in the ACT market to facilitate dispute mediation between businesses.

(3) The small business service charters will be self managed by agencies but monitored centrally by my Department.

(4) The legislative and Cabinet processes involve the preparation of Business impact statements. The Government is also an active participant in the current COAG reform agenda which is focussing strongly on red tape and business regulation reduction.

Public service—electronic procurement and tendering

(Question No 1257)

Mr Smyth

asked the Minister for Business and Economic Development, upon notice, on 20 September 2006:

(1) In relation to Action 8 in the Economic White Paper, what action has been taken to introduce a whole of government electronic procurement and tendering system;

(2) How has information about this system been promulgated to smaller businesses in the ACT.

Mr Stanhope

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

(1) The ACT Government operates a range of on-line procurement support services which are accessible through the basis website ( In recent years a range of activities have been pursued to enhance and better integrate existing systems such as the Central Contracts Register, the 'Pre-qualification' and the 'Supplier Performance' databases, to provide access to the systems for a wider range of ACT government officers. Following the Government's decision to consolidate most procurement activities in Procurement Solutions, further work is being undertaken to update and increase the functionality of the procurement support services managed and used by Procurement Solutions.

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