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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 4 Hansard (11 April) . . Page.. 1094 ..

Computers-stolen or unaccounted for

(Question Nos 52, 53, 54 and 55)

Mr Cornwell asked the Chief Minister, the Deputy Chief Minister, the Minister for Urban Services and the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 19 February 2002:

In relation to each of your portfolio responsibilities, in the calendar year 2001:

1) how many computers in each department were

(a) Stolen?

(b) Unaccounted for?

2) what was the value of (a) and (b) above?

Mr Stanhope: The answers to the member's questions are as follows:

1) Stolen PCs

The numbers and value of computers reported stolen in each department in calendar year 2001 were:


Items Stolen


Chief Minister's Department

1 PC


Department of Urban Services

2 Laptops and 2 PCs


Department of Treasury (including InTACT)



Department of Education and Community Services (including CIT)

1 Laptop and 5 PCs


Department of Health and Community Care (including the Canberra Hospital)

3 Laptops


Department of Justice and Community Safety

1 Laptop


Legislative Assembly (including the Executive)



The value of the equipment was calculated based on the cost of the remainder of the lease (total lease costs for the period from when the item was stolen to the expiry of the lease) plus the residual cost component of 15% of the original purchase price.

2) Unaccounted for Computers

During calendar year 2001, InTACT had responsibility for the provision of PCs. These PCs are provided under lease. The lease arrangements during this period were complex with leases let through two different companies and tracked via a number of systems including an asset management system developed by Macquarie Bank. The complexity of these arrangements and the failure of the new asset management system to perform effectively have meant that difficulties have been encountered in achieving an accurate and agreed reconciliation between InTACT and agencies of PC assets during stocktakes. For this reason, it is not possible to provide a validated figure for the numbers of PCs unaccounted for in 2001 at present.

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