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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 11 Hansard (26 September) . . Page.. 3612 ..



Question No 321

Department of Health and Community Care - Staff Workshop

Mr Whitecross - asked the Chief Minister upon notice on 5 September 1996.

(1) Did Ministers, advisers or staff of the ACT Government meet at The Carrington in Bungendore on approximately 30 August - l September 1966 and if so,

(a) what was the purpose of the meeting;

(b) can you provide the names and positions of each person who attended;

(c) can you itemise the breakdown of all costs, including travel, accommodation, meals, drinks and telephone charges, incurred at the expense of the ACT Government and the Executive budget;

(d) why was the meeting not held in ACT Government premises;

(e) why was this meeting not held in accommodation in the ACT; and

(f) what were the outcomes of the meeting.

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

(1) The Chief Executive of the Department of Health & Community Care, Executive Directors and SOG B level staff attended a Workshop at The Carrington of Bungendore from Thursday 29 August 1996, to Saturday 31 August 1996. My Senior Advisor and I joined the group for dinner on the Friday evening.

(a) The Workshop was organised because of the need for training and development of staff as a result of the major reorganisation of the Department of Health and Community Care. This has included a significant reduction in the size of the Central Office of the Department, and a separation of the purchaser and provider functions of the organisation through the establishment of a separate statutory authority - ACT Health and Community Care Services. The role of the Department has therefore changed significantly from what it used to be, and staff require ongoing training and development. A number of new senior staff have been recruited, and others have been brought into the Central Department from other positions within the portfolio. The Chief Executive believed that, to maximise the potential benefits to the community of the new organisational arrangements, it was necessary

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