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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 3 Hansard (25 March) . . Page.. 936 ..

Regulatory Services Division - Cost of Investigations

(Question No. 114)

Mr Stanhope

asked the Minister for Justice and Community Safety, upon notice:

In relation to the increase in the cost of investigations in the Regulatory Services division, reported in the ACT Department of Justice and Community Safety's quarterly reports for 1998-99

Noting that the Department's first quarterly report shows that the average costs per investigation in the Division rose from $204 to $281.93 and that in the second quarterly report this figure has continued to rise and is now $412.57 and that the reason for these variations have been identified in the report as being due to the complexity of the investigations and the lower number of investigations.

(1) What is the reason for this burgeoning increase?

(2) Why wasn't the increase addressed after the initial rise in the first quarter?

(3) Why wasn't the complexity of investigations anticipated?

(4) Is there a backlog of investigations?

(5) Is this trend expected to continue?

(6) Has there been any changes to personnel at the Division that may have antagonised costs.

(7) Has there been any consideration given to increasing resources in this area.

Mr Humphries

: The answer to Mr Stanhope's questions is as follows:

The performance measure in question is Cost per investigations/inspections within Output Class 3-Regulatory Services. The measure reflects a combination of Liquor and Adult Services Regulation investigations and Consumer Affairs Bureau inspections.

Liquor and Adult Services Regulation investigations include the number of disciplinary action and prosecutions taken against liquor licensees, X Film licensees and other persons for offences under the Liquor Act and Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Enforcement) Act. Also included are inspections of licenced premises (Liquor and X Film); occupancy loading determined (inside and outside); proof of age cards examined; and policy papers prepared in the relevant period.

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