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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 23 August 2018) . . Page.. 3585 ..

Answers to questions

Government—notifiable invoices(Question No 1565)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 3 August 2018:

(1) In relation to the Register of Notifiable Invoices, why are four payments made in May 2018 to Abbott Australasia Pty Ltd, totalling $391 196.92, described as “Other Creditors” and not allocated to a more specific account classification.

(2) What was the purpose for each payment referred to in part (1).

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The payments were incorrectly described as “other creditors”, and should have been described as “pharmaceuticals”.

(2) The purpose for each payment referred to in part 1 are payments for laboratory consumables for ACT Health.

Answers to questions on notice—costs(Question No 1570)

Mrs Dunne asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 3 August 2018:

(1) How much did it cost to develop the standard question on notice costing tool used across directorates.

(2) Was the costing tool developed (a) within the ACT Government or (b) by consultants.

(3) If consultants were involved in the development, was it developed as (a) part of a wider contract or (b) a standalone contract.

(4) If consultants were used, (a) how much did it cost to hire the consultants and (b) what is the contract number.

(5) Do all directorates and government agencies use the costing tool; if not, (a) which directorates and agencies do not use the costing tool and (b) why are they excused.

(6) Are there any circumstances in which a question on notice would not be costed.

(7) What measures are in place to ensure consistency in use of the costing tool across directorates and agencies.

(8) How is the question costed if it is addressed to more than one minister and/or directorate or agency.

(9) Have training courses been held into use of the costing application; if so, (a) how many have been held, (b) how many staff attended each one and (c) what was the total cost.

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