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(b) Insurance and compensation claims that occur as a result of an accident are managed by ACTION or the ACT Insurance Authority (ACTIA) subject to the nature or quantum of the claim. For the purposes of responding to this question, a claim is defined as a request by an insurance company to recover vehicle repair costs from ACTION. For the period 2010 and 2011 to date, 71 payments were made to insurance companies.

Finance—Treasurer’s advance
(Question No 1721)

Mr Doszpot asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 17 August 2011:

(1) In relation to the Treasurer’s Advance Direction No 2010-11/9, for what precise purposes and under what programme are the government payments for (a) superannuation expenses, (b) funding for disability education special needs enrolments and (c) special needs education transport.

(2) Why was each of these expenses an unforseen expense.

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

(1) The Treasurer’s Advance was provided for each purpose on the basis of the additional unforseen costs over and above available appropriation for the reasons outlined below. The nature of these expenses are spread across a range of purposes and programmes, not a specific individual programme.

(2) The need for Treasurer’s Advance arose due to:

(a) Budgeted superannuation expenses are based on actuarial assessment of the expected costs based on numbers of staff, scheme membership and various other factors. Variances between actual and budgeted expenditure occur mainly due to staff turnover and mix of staff in the different superannuation schemes.

(b) The growth of students with special needs being higher than budget expectation.

(c) An open tender process, advertised nationally, for special needs transport was undertaken in early 2010, but the outcome and subsequent negotiations were prolonged beyond the budget process. The cost of the services tendered through the process was higher than the budgeted costs by $0.7 million in 2010-11.

Government—publication costs
(Question No 1722)

Mr Doszpot asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 17 August 2011:

In relation to the publications (a) What is a sustainable school, (b) Excellence and Enterprise and (c) Learning Capital, what are the costs of (i) design and layout, (ii) printing including number printed and (iii) distribution, including how and to whom.

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