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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2437 ..


Schools—cleaning(Question No 283)

Ms Castley asked the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, upon notice, on 4 June 2021:

(1) When did the ACT Government’s Education Directorate change its system for cleaning schools and move it ‘in-house’.

(2) Why did the Government move to an ‘in-house’ system and how does it work.

(3) How many school cleaners does the Government employ.

(4) How did the previous system work with contract cleaners for schools.

(5) What is the salary for the Government’s school cleaners.

(6) What was the total cost of cleaning government schools in (a) 2016, (b) 2017, (c) 2018, (d) 2019 and (e) 2020.

(7) What was the annual cost, each year since 2016, for cleaning (a) Calwell Primary School, (b) Stromlo High School, (c) Telopea Park School, (d) Canberra High School and (e) Gungahlin College.

(8) What was the cost of cleaning each of the schools referred to in part (7) in 2020, since school cleaning was moved in-house.

(9) How much of the cost of cleaning these schools in 2020 was due to COVID and extra COVID cleaning requirements.

(10) Can the Minister provide a breakdown of the cost of cleaning each school in 2020 with ‘standard cleaning’ as well as ‘extra COVID cleaning’.

(11) Which company/companies supply cleaning products to clean ACT schools and where are the cleaning products manufactured.

(12) Which company/companies supply toilet paper to ACT schools and where is the toilet paper manufactured.

(13) What are the requirements on companies which tender to supply cleaning products.

(14) Is the toilet paper used in ACT schools, 100 per cent recycled toilet paper.

(15) How much was spent on (a) cleaning products and (b) toilet paper for schools each year since 2016.

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

(1) 1 February 2020.

(2) Insourcing school cleaning aligned with Government commitments to:

address insecure work


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