Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Debates(HTML) . . . .

Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 6 Hansard (22 June) . . Page.. 1723 ..

Computers - Year 2000 Problem

(Question No. 149)

Mr Corbell asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 20 April 1999:

In relation to the year 2000 (Y2K) problem -

1) What are the Government's contingency plans in the event that crucial computer systems fail because of the Y2K problem despite efforts to resolve the problem.

2) What are the specific contingency plans for the following systems

(a) the Canberra Hospital patient information and administration;

(b) air and water testing;

(c) year 12 accreditation;

(d) traffic lights;

(e) rates and land tax accounts;

(f) births, deaths and marriages register; and

(g) Supreme Court case management.

3) Is the current payroll system for ACT Public Servants Y2K compliant, if not what contingency plans are in place to guarantee payment of ACT Public Servants' salaries after 1 January 2000.

4) Has the Government made separate budgetary provisions for any contingency plans and if so how much has been allocated.

5) Will the Government inform the ACT Community of any contingency plans and if so, (a) when and (b) how.

6) Has the Government made any separate budgetary provisions to cover the cost of informing the community and if so how much has been allocated.

7) How is the management of Y2K issues reflected in ACT Executive's performance agreements.

Ms Carnell

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

1 . ACT Government Agencies are currently in the process of formulating contingency plans for each system within their Agency that has been deemed critical. These plans are targeted for completion by 30 June 1999. Additionally, the Emergency Services Bureau is in the process of establishing a supplement to the Territory Disaster Plan that will cover contingencies associated with the failure of computer systems. The framework for this subplan will be completed in July and the subplan will be updated on a continuous basis.

Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Debates(HTML) . . . .