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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 6 Hansard (21 May) . . Page.. 1537 ..

Public Service - Performance Indicators

MS TUCKER: My question is to Mrs Carnell in her capacity as Treasurer. I am just going through the ACT Public Service guide to performance measurement for outputs. There are a lot of interesting statements in it about performance target principles. I was reading about performance target characteristics - - -

MR SPEAKER: Ask your question, Ms Tucker.

MS TUCKER: It is relevant that I make this point. It says that they are measurable; that they are a balance between realistic and challenging. You say in this document that you are going to have an outputs committee and a performance measures committee. Who exactly is going to be on these committees?

MRS CARNELL: I am sorry that I cannot give you all the names of the people who are on the committees. We currently have an outputs committee and a performance indicators committee comprising people from my office and from various departments, particularly from OFM, which has been doing an enormous amount of work putting together the various outputs and performance indicators that I am sure this Assembly will be very pleased to get. Every estimates committee, certainly since I have been here, has complained about performance indicators, saying that they are not measurable on the whole or mean very little. I think you will find that when the final documentation is available the outputs committee and the performance indicators committee, by pulling together the input from various departments and from my office as well, will come up with a set of performance indicators and outputs that this Assembly will then have an opportunity to make comments on.

MS TUCKER: I ask a supplementary question. You could not tell me exactly who was on it, but I think you were implying that they were basically from the Chief Minister's Department. Maybe you could tell me the departments that are represented on those committees.

MRS CARNELL: If it is of interest, I am very happy to get Ms Tucker the actual names of the people who are on the committees. Certainly, there is a representative from my office and representatives from the various departments, as you would expect to be the case. This is one of those issues that have been a long time in coming. We will actually have outputs and performance indicators that are both achievable and measurable and that really give goals for our departments and, for that matter, this Assembly to reach.

I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

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