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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4970 ..



Question No. 356

Information Technology Purchases

Mr Berry - asked the Chief Minister upon notice on 5 December 1996

Given that all Government staff were advised of the Government's 17 August 1996 decision regarding the purchase of information technology equipment and that staff were advised that all acquisitions were to be undertaken by InTACT;

Given that staff were also advised that purchase of products which are of value higher than $10,000 required the approval of the Chief Minister's Department.

In ACT Gazette Number 46 of 20 November 1996 (on pages 950 and 951) are a variety of contracts issued for information technology products including contracts over $10,000.

(1) Why are contracts attributed to the Department of Health and Community Care rather than notified as leases through InTACT.

(2) Were all contracts negotiated by InTACT. If not why not.

(3) Were the contracts over $10,000 approved by the Chief Minister's Department. If so, when. If not (a) why not and (b) what action will be taken.

(4) Are all other Agencies complying with the new arrangements, if not (a) which ones are not complying and (b) why are they not complying.

Mrs Carnell - the answer to the Member's question is:

(1) All information technology purchases relating to the ACT Government as listed in the Australia Capital Territory Gazette No 46 (20 November 1996) and 47 (4 December 1996) were purchased prior to the Government's decision to centralise Information Technology infrastructure purchases through InTACT.

(2) The contracts were not negotiated through InTACT, as agencies were only required to purchase through InTACT after 17 August 1996. The purchases listed in the above mentioned Gazettes were acquired before 17 August 1996.

(3) The contracts were not approved by the Chief Minister's Department.

(a) The Canberra Hospital was not aware of the policy to have all purchases over $10,000 approved by the Chief Minister's Department.

. (b) Since the date of these purchases several communications have been distributed to both Chief Executives and staff in Agencies restating the policy regarding approval for purchases over $10,000 and the recent requirement that all IT acquisitions are to be undertaken through InTACT.

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