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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 2 December 2021) . . Page.. 4142 ..


3. Delivery of ChooseCBR was supported by officers from Economic Development, Shared Services ICT, Treasury (Finance Services), Access Canberra, Digital, Data, and Technology Solutions, and CMTEDD Communications. It is difficult to provide the precise headcount of the number of officers that supported ChooseCBR at any time during trial and rollout as it fluctuated considerably depending on the phase the program was in or the issue being managed.

4. Refer to the cost breakdown in Question 2. This breakdown includes $83,823.60 paid to Brainium Labs Pty Ltd (Brainium) for the delivery of ChooseCBR.

5. Brainium provided a number of services to support ChooseCBR. In addition to system modifications and support, Brainium also arranged server hosting and delivery of a SMS one-time-pin function for user verification. These third-party costs were on-billed directly by Brainium and represented nearly half of the total invoice value.

6. There are some ongoing costs involved with maintenance of the ChooseCBR website. This website is scheduled to be decommissioned in the coming months, with relevant data retained in accordance with CMTEDD’s records management requirements.

7-9. A spot-checking process commenced during ChooseCBR’s implementation and continued after the program concluded.

This process was paused on 13 August 2021 as a result of the ACT’s lockdown. To date, the ACT Government has not identified any businesses as appearing to take unfair advantage of the ChooseCBR program in its full rollout.

An independent review, undertaken by David Butler Consulting and presented in the Legislative Assembly in December 2021, found that there is no evidence of any systemic misuse of the scheme. It also noted that there were several good design aspects of ChooseCBR which added to the robustness of the program.


Business—COVID-19(Question No 421)

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

(1) Does the Government know, or can the Government estimate, how many Canberra businesses that are unable to work due to lockdowns in other states.

(2) Is the Government considering financial support for businesses unable to trade due to lockdowns in other states, beyond what the Government has already announced.

(3) What government support can struggling businesses seek.

(4) How many businesses have declared bankruptcy because of lockdowns in other states.

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

1) A significant number of businesses in the tourism sector were impacted by the lockdowns in Greater Sydney and other jurisdictions in June 2021. As far as we are


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