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Can the Attorney-General advise why the ACT Territory Crisis Centre is staffed by volunteers and not paid ACT Government employees.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

The function of the Territory Crisis Centre (TCC) is to provide the ACT Government with a facility and focal point for the development of policy advice and the co-ordination of responses for the management of an incident, or a significant threat that affects the ACT. The staff of the Security & Emergency Management Branch, within JACS, maintains the crisis centre.

During a major incident, the TCC comprises four principal elements:

• Security & Emergency Management Executive Committee (SEMEC) and Cabinet (SEMC) comprising relevant senior officials and ministers who determine the Territory’s Whole-of-Government strategic response to an incident;

• Public Information Coordination Cell (PICC) coordinating public information and media arrangements;

• Liaison Officers from all ACT Government Departments and relevant Commonwealth agencies including the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department and the Australian Defence Force (ADF); and

• Crisis Coordination Cell (CCC) providing administrative support

Staff within the TCC are all paid ACT Government employees. TCC staff are only recruited from ACT Government employees and take on the role as a TCC volunteer in addition to their normal duties.

In the event that the TCC is activated, staff would be released from their normal duties to work as staff in the crisis centre. Departmental Chief Executive Officers (CEO’s) have agreed that staff, if required, would be released to help activate this capability. If staff are required to work within the TCC due to an incident, then they are not required to report for duty in their normal role. If staff are required to work long or irregular hours due to the nature of an incident they would be given time off from their normal duties as time off in lieu.

Housing—public properties
(Question No 2039)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Housing, upon notice, on 9 April 2008:

(1) Can the Minister please provide a breakdown of public housing properties by suburb;

(2) Can the Minister provide statistics of public housing residence numbers, since 2000, broken down into free standing properties and other, for example, multi-residential.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) See Attachment A

(2) See Attachment B

(Copies of the attachments are available at the Chamber Support Office).

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