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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 2 December 2021) . . Page.. 4141 ..


Answers to questions

Business—ChooseCBR scheme costs(Question No 418)

Ms Castley asked the Minister for Business and Better Regulation, upon notice, on 17 September 2021:

(1) How much did the Government spend, in total, for the ChooseCBR trial and full rollout.

(2) Can the Minister provide a detailed cost breakdown for the ChooseCBR trial and full rollout including, but not limited to, (a) administrative costs, (b) ICT support, (c) staffing costs, (d) communications and (e) design.

(3) How many staff across the entire ACT government worked at any time on the ChooseCBR trial and full rollout since its inception and can the Minister provide numbers of staff and which agencies/directorate they came from.

(4) How much did the Government pay Darwin company Brainium for the “MyDarwin” package, ICT support and all other services during the ChooseCBR trial and full rollout.

(5) Can the Minister provide a breakdown of the payments to Brainium.

(6) Are the costs for ChooseCBR ongoing; if so, can the Minister provide details.

(7) Is the Government aware of additional businesses, since the trial, exploiting the ChooseCBR scheme; if so, how many.

(8) Will the Government seek to recover funds that businesses exploited from the ChooseCBR scheme; if so, (a) how many businesses and (b) how much money.

(9) Can the Minister provide details including how the money will be retrieved and when.

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

1. The total amount spent through the ChooseCBR program was $2.54 million (refer question 2).

2. A breakdown of the costs is as follows:

ChooseCBR Expense Breakdown

Redeemed vouchers

$2,338,448

ICT - including system modifications, server hosting, SMS one-time-pin service and risk report

$103,824

Communications & Marketing (including advertising and promotion, translated materials, business toolkits, SMS notifications to businesses and consumers)

$ 97,883

Licence fees

$5,000

Total

$2,545,155


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