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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 11 Hansard (26 September) . . Page.. 3564 ..



Question No. 301

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, EAP Services (the Consultant), provided professional services in relation to the industrial campaign at a cost of $34,077.50.

(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) The contract was with EASACT Australia to provide an Employee Assistance Program to staff of the Chief Minister's Department. The services did not relate to any industrial campaign. The Employee Assistance Program provided for the Chief Minister's Department is an early intervention and staff counselling service aimed at the early identification and/or resolution of employee difficulties that may adversely affect work performance. These difficulties may include family and relationship problems, emotional stress including career and vocational concerns, dealing with change, conflict resolution and budgeting and lifestyle concerns.

(2) The range of appropriate skills and expertise is not available within the ACT Public Service.

(3) A 12 month contract from 1 July 1995.

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