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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 11 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 3543 ..

Mr Humphries - the answer to the Member's question is as follows:

This is a similar question to that asked by Mr Hargreaves in Estimates hearings. It was indicated in answer to that request for the breakdown of these figures for particular Services, that the Bureau's accounts do not allow the breakdown of all of these categories of expenditure. The Bureau is responsible for a number of outputs, some elements of which are not allocated to a particular Operational Service because of the combined, or multi-agency, service delivery model adopted by the Bureau.

Within the Bureau, operational functions are still maintained in the four Operational Services whilst support and logistical aspects reside within whole of Bureau arrangements. Fire Brigade Operations and Operations Development cost centres provide the operational service delivery for urban fire and rescue and it is these two costs centres which have been aggregated in this response. These figures, therefore, will not include expenditure and budget relating to components of the Bureau supporting the delivery of these services such as communications, training and fleet maintenance and repair. These, and other corporate functions, are provided to all areas of the Bureau and cannot be costed on an individual operational service basis.

1(a) The total employee expenses for 1997/98 for Fire Brigade Operations and Operations Development cost centres was:


Salaries 11,805

Superannuation - Expense 2,142

Workers Compensation Premium 435

Annual Leave - Expense not posted at this level

Other employee expenses 53

TOTAL 14.435

It should be noted that the salaries and associated employee expenses include extraordinary one-off payments for the Thredbo disaster, recruit college for Gungahlin and increased manning costs relating to a high fire season. In addition, some salaries payments for Communication Centre operators were charged against Fire Brigade Operations because of the existing relief arrangement. These anomalies will not occur in 1998/99.

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