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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4275..


(4) In 2006 (to date) the vans have been used 32% of the time available.

(5) The vans are not used for any other purpose.

(6) All vans have been leased.

(7) Van 211 473 - lease expires 29 September 2007

Van 211 474 - lease expires 16 September 2007

Van 212 196 - lease expires 19 September 2008

Van 212 197 - lease expires 16 October 2008

Public service—annual reports

(Question No 1403)

Dr Foskey asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 21 November 2006:

(1) In relation to the Annual Report Directions, why were ACT Government departments and agencies not required to list the grants provided to community sector organisations;

(2) Why were ACT Government departments and agencies not required to list the Committees and Councils operating under the Government.

Mr Stanhope

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

As part of the 2006/07 budget, the Government determined to streamline annual reporting requirements for the ACT public sector. An Annual Reports Bill is currently being drafted and is expected to be introduced to the Assembly in early 2007 incorporating these principles.

The 2006 Annual Report Directions were developed in consultation with agencies with the intention to streamline further reporting requirements without a reduction in accountability.

In line with this intention, all non-legislative reporting requirements were removed from the 2006 Annual Report Directions appendices. There was no legislative requirement for ACT Government departments and agencies to list the grants provided to community sector organisations; nor were they required to list the Committees and Councils operating under the Government.

In accordance with the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act 2004, the Draft 2005-06 Annual Report Directions were provided to the Public Accounts Committee for consultation and the Committee's comments were considered in finalising the 2005-06 Directions.

Furthermore, in the 2006/07 budget the Government announced that a GrantLink portal will be established to improve access to information about grants.

It should be noted that information about ACT Government departments and agencies funding of grants is currently available on respective agency websites.


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