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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 26 September 2019) . . Page.. 4069 ..


(4) If parts (1), (2) and (3) do not refer to a single new fulltime ASO6 position with one position number (a) what are the job numbers for the relevant positions, (b) how many individual members perform the role and (c) what are the funding sources for each position.

(5) Is there any tangible relationship between meeting the growing demand of development approval and advice applications made under the Heritage Act 2004 and the processing of objects or places nominated for listing on the ACT Heritage Register; if so, what is the nature of that relationship.

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

(1) Yes. The position is being created to meet the growing demand of Heritage Act 2004 advice and approval applications and development approval referrals from the ACT planning and land authority. This process includes nominated places and objects.

(2) Agreement to fund an additional full-time ASO6 position was determined in the 2019-20 budget process. The position is currently in recruitment and as part of this process a position number will be generated.

(3) Not applicable. The position is a single new full-time position.

(4) Not applicable. The position is a single new full-time position.

(5) Yes. As the Heritage Council steadily increases the number of registered places and objects, by making decisions on nominations, there is a direct correlation to the rise in the volume of work and development applications and conservation management required.

Under the Heritage Act 2004 and Planning Development Act 2007, proposed development at a heritage place or object must be referred to the ACT Heritage Council for advice or approval.

These applications have increased by 51% since 2014 with 663 applications being received in 2018-19.


Questions without notice taken on notice

Mental health—emergency presentations

Ms Stephen-Smith (in reply to supplementary questions by Mr Wall and Mrs Dunne on Tuesday, 30 July 2019):

(1) In 2018-19 patients presenting to ACT emergency departments with a serious mental illness spent an average of 16.2 hours before being admitted into dedicated mental healthcare locations.

Patients are only admitted to general ward areas when it is clinically appropriate to do so, and they would be cared for in the general ward until discharge. Patients admitted to general wards are not typically transferred from general ward areas to mental healthcare locations in the course of their admission, unless a new clinical need or indicator emerges.


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