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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 11 Hansard (26 September) . . Page.. 3562 ..



Question No. 300

Public Service - Industrial Relations Consultants

MR WHITECROSS - Asked the Chief Minister upon notice on 4 September 1996:

In relation to Gazette No. 26 of 3 July 1996, in which it is stated that a consulting firm, First IR (the Consultant), provided professional services in relation to the industrial campaign at a cost of $35,000.

(1) What was the professional services provided by the Consultant.

(2) Why were these services not able to be provided by the ACT Public Service.

(3) What was (a) the date, and (b) the duration which the consultant was engaged.

(4) Where was the consultant located.

(5) How was the fee schedule calculated.

(6) Has the Consultant's fee been fully paid.

(7) Did the Consultant submit written advice or a written report and can you provide a copy of any written advice or report provided.

(8) Which Department or Agency engaged the Consultant.

(9) Will the Consultancy be reported in this Agency's annual report.

MRS CARNELL - The answer to the Member's question is as follows:

(1) First IR provided advice to the ACT Government about the strategic IR direction for the Government as an employer and, also, possible new approaches to enterprise bargaining including advice on specific productivity improvement proposals.

(2) The services purchased from First IR were not available from within the ACT Public Service. First IR was in a position to provide specific expertise in two key areas; an external perspective to the strategic IR direction for Government and broad enterprise bargaining experience. First IR was able to advise from direct experience in Government business enterprises and the private sector.

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