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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 13 May 2021) . . Page.. 1541 ..


(2) Can the Minister advise if the constituent has any other option other than paying $28,303.30 to have a new gas meter installed.

Ms Cheyne: The member’s constituent is referring to a commercial agreement with a utilities supplier. Though Government has no influence over his arrangement, I sought advice from ActewAGL on the Member’s questions and the following response was provided:

(1) This is a request for a new gas connection that requires substantial civil and capital works to enable the connection. In such circumstances where the costs of work required substantially exceeds the standard connection fee, the customer is required to contribute to the costs to ensure that other customers are not subsidising the connection.

(2) Evoenergy is working with subcontractors Jemena and Zinfra to review the proposal and see if there is a more cost-effective engineering solution. Evoenergy and ActewAGL will continue to liaise with the customer.


Access Canberra—working with vulnerable people applications(Question No 187)

Ms Castley asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 23 April 2021 (redirected to the Minister for Business and Better Regulation):

(1) Can the Minister advise why it is taking over four months for a constituent to receive a Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) card and as a consequence the constituent has missed out on three job offers.

(2) Can the Minister advise why the constituent was not contacted by Access Canberra when further information was required in relation to their application and only became aware of the need for further information after following up on their application.

(3) Can the Minister advise how much longer the constituent will have to wait to get the WWVP card.

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

(1) There are a range of factors that may influence the length of time to process a WWVP application, including the risk assessment process as outlined under Division 5.3 of the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011 (‘the Act’). A number of these factors are outside the control of Access Canberra and directly impact on timeframes for a decision. As information relating to applicants and registered people is protected under s 65 of the Act, it is not appropriate to disclose information relating to specific matters.

(2) As information relating to applicants and registered people is protected under s 65 of the Act, it is not appropriate to disclose information relating to specific matters.

In recent months, there have been legislative amendments that resulted in changes to the WWVP scheme, and a large number of incomplete applications were received in January and February 2021.


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