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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 11 February 2010) . . Page.. 397 ..


(4) What was the total amount spent on each credit card in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 (c) 2008-09 and (d) 2009-10 to date.

(5) What is the limit on each credit card.

(6) How much has been spent on any form of catering, including official meals, at restaurants.

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

(1) The Department of Justice and Community Safety (excluding the Emergency Service Agency) currently has 35 credit cards.

(2) Credit cards were introduced in order to allow departmental officers to perform their duties more efficiently and effectively. Credit cards are generally used where departmental officers are required to make purchases within their delegations urgently or where it is inconvenient to purchase goods and services through normal channels.

(3) The average amount spent per month on each credit card for the Department (excluding Emergency Services Agency) over the year 2008-09 is summarised in Attachment A.

(4) The total amount spent on each credit card in the Department (excluding Emergency Services Agency) for the years 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 to date is summarised as part of Attachment B. I am advised that the Territory’s financial system does not distinguish between credit card transactions and other payment transactions. Monthly credit card statements must be manually analysed in order to answer this question. Given this time consuming requirement, it is not considered a reasonable use of the agency’s limited resources to answer this question for more than three financial years. As a result, total credit card expenditure for 2006-07 is not provided.

(5) The ‘credit card limits’ and ‘number of cards’ holding each limit for the Department (excluding the Emergency Services Agency) is shown below:

Limit

No. of Credit Cards

2000

4

5000

21

10,000

7

15,000

2

20,000

1

Total

35 Card

(6) The below catering/meals expenditure includes meals whilst travelling on official business.

2009-10 (Jul to Nov 09)

$1,230.20

2008-09

$11,321.57


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