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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 4 Hansard (22 April) . . Page.. 1281 ..

Legal Services - Tendering

(Question No. 129)

Mr Stanhope asked the Minister for Justice and Community Safety, upon notice, on 20 April 1999:

"In relation to the potential competitive tendering of legal services.

Noting in the ACT Chief Solicitor's executive contract, tabled in the Assembly, a key performance measure is to "develop and implement strategy for introduction of competitive tendering of legal services".

1) How soon is this activity likely to commence?

2) Who are the likely alternative service providers?

3) What are the anticipated savings per annum?

4) Which areas of the Department are to be subject to competitive tendering?

5) Will any outside consultants be engaged to assist with the development of the strategy?

6) Will the outsourcing impact on existing jobs and if so, to what extent?

Mr Humphries

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

1) A proposal for the introduction of contestability in the provision of the legal services provided by the Government Solicitor's Office (GSO) is currently being developed for consideration by the Government. A commencement date has not been nominated and will be determined if the Government decides to proceed with the proposal.

2) Qualified legal practitioners in the private sector.

3) The introduction of a contestability regime would have as its primary objective the provision to Government of legal services at the lowest possible cost. This objective would be achieved through the creation of a competitive environment for the provision of these services.

4) No decisions have been made in respect to competitive tendering although a contestability assessment will be made of some Corrective Services activities.

5) At this stage it is not intended to use outside consultants.

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