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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 9 Hansard (2 September) . . Page.. 2914 ..

Temporary Accommodation Allowance

(Question No 193)

Mr Corbell asked the Chief Minister, upon notice:

In relation to the temporary accommodation allowance for Executives:

(1) How many Executives have received the allowance since the introduction of

the contract system.

(2) Who were the Executives in each case.

(3) For how long did each Executive receive the allowance.

(4) What was the cost of the allowance in relation to each Executive, yearly and in total since the introduction of the contract system.

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

(1) It should be noted that the provisions relating to temporary accommodation

allowance (TAA) are a long established condition that applied to both non-Executive

and Executive employees in the Commonwealth, and subsequently the ACT Public

Service (ACTPS) as the Commonwealth conditions continued to be applied after selfGovernment and were retained with the establishment of the ACTPS in 1994. The

conditions applied to contract Executives are the same as for the senior executive

service (SES) where an SES officer was on temporary term transfer to Canberra.

Many officers at Executive and other levels have received these entitlements both prior to and since self-Government and the establishment of the ACTPS.

As ACTPS contract Executives are temporary employees under the Public Sector Management Act the same provisions for TAA were prescribed in the Public Sector Management Standards up until April 1998. At that time the Remuneration Tribunal adopted this Government's submission to limit all forms of assistance for contract Executives taking up an engagement in the ACTPS to a maximum of $30,000, except in exceptional circumstances when the Commissioner for Public Administration may approve payments above this amount.

Under the provisions applying both before the introduction of contract Executive employment and the current employment provisions for both Executives and nonExecutives the range of entitlements includes removal of household furniture and effects to Canberra, removal of pets to Canberra, conveyance of the officer and family to Canberra, removal of motor vehicles, boat, trailer etc, accommodation costs while settling in to Canberra, TAA, payment of utility connection fees and registration transfer, legal, agent and mortgage costs associated with the sale or purchase of a home, disturbance allowance, assistance with school expenses, and reunion visits if family members are left behind, subject to the maximum of $30,000 for Executives.

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