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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 26 September 2019) . . Page.. 4023 ..


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

(1)(a) and (b) Major Projects Canberra (MPC) was established on 1 July 2019 from existing funding. The creation of MPC has involved the transfer of existing staff from three directorates - Transport Canberra and City Services, Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate and Health Directorate. Five new positions have been created by or through the establishment of MPC being:

Chief Projects Officer (CPO)

Executive Assistant to the CPO

Business Manager MPC

Executive Group Manager, Project Development and Support Group

Executive Branch Manager, Ministerial Services, Governance and Corporate Support.

This represents a reconfiguration of previous management structures to better align with the structure of MPC and has been funded from existing resources.

As new projects for the hospital and light rail stage 2 are currently being established, several new project specific positions have been created, which would have been created in the parent Directorates regardless of the creation of MPC and were considered as part of the original approval by Government as part of the appropriation project funding.

(i) ACT Property Group is currently facilitating the relocation of MPC staff from 496 Northbourne Avenue Dickson, Nature Conservation House Belconnen and Bowes Street Woden into the vacant and government owned Callam Offices. As at 30 August 2019 all business units except Infrastructure Development Group have been relocated.

(ii) Nil. MPC uses the existing ACT Government logo.

(iii) Nil.

(iv) An Executive Search Service has been engaged to manage the recruitment of the CPO at an estimated cost of $35,000 plus GST. MPC has recently recruited a Director of Communications and Engagement. This was an established vacant position and will lead employee and industry communication. Advertising costs of $427 were incurred in relation to this recruitment.

(v) Please see Question 5.

(vi) Nil.

(vii) Nil.

(2) An Executive organisational chart for MPC is at Attachment A. Please refer to staffing numbers noted in response to Question 3.

(3) The total number of employees that have transferred from other directorates to MPC is currently being finalised as part of Machinery of Government transfers.


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