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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2397 ..


as ministerial processes to promote information sharing and the joint achievement of objectives.

The third recommendation of the audit report is to review government vehicle fleet usage patterns, key barriers to uptake and identify the lessons learned from the Dickson and Civic charging infrastructure projects. In response to the recommendation, the government is establishing a monitoring and evaluation framework for current and future zero-emissions vehicle measures. A review of the fleet transition will be included in this framework.

As I have outlined, government has achieved a rapid adoption of zero-emissions vehicles in its own fleet. The rollout of both vehicles and charging infrastructure is progressing, and we will continue to explore zero-emissions alternatives for a range of vehicle types.

Our experiences in this fleet transition, including challenges in installing supporting infrastructure, have provided important insights. Being a leader is not always easy but it is always instructive. We are sharing this knowledge with other governments and with businesses through our fleet advisory service so that others can learn from our experience for a smoother community-wide transmission.

With regard to recommendation 4, the report also sought further information on the ongoing progress of fleet transition. In response, work is underway to develop an online dashboard that will publish up-to-date information on the ACT government and ACT-wide fleet transition. The dashboard will be published on the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate website.

As part of our parliamentary and governing agreement, the government is already pursuing important new steps in zero-emissions vehicle uptake. These include the development of a public charging master plan and a 2030 zero-emissions vehicle sales target. The government will identify the next opportunities to target in our future policy based on an evaluation of the experiences to date and the analysis of the impact of these measures.

The final recommendation, No 5, recommends improving adherence to fleet policy across the directorates. Adherence across government is critical for ensuring that we continue to demonstrate leadership in our community through the rapid uptake of zero-emissions vehicle technology.

In response to this recommendation, we are developing an agreed authorisation process that will be applied across directorates. The new process will require director-general authorisation for leases of internal combustion engine passenger vehicles, where a zero-emissions vehicle model is available and is fit for purpose.

I am happy to confirm today that many vehicles from the government fleet first generation of zero-emissions vehicles have now moved into the second-hand market and have been purchased by members of our community. The leadership of government in adopting a zero-emissions vehicle fleet will play an important role in developing a second-hand market for all zero-emissions vehicles in the territory.


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