Page 4452 - Week 10 - Thursday, 22 September 2011

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

(1) a) The Chief Executive exercised his powers under the Public Sector Management Act to determine that four of the Centre Director positions would be filled by temporary transfer without the need for an expression of interest process. It should be noted that all four of the staff selected in this way were already at the identified classification level (or higher) for those Centre Director roles.

b) Two of these four positions were only advertised in September and December 2009, as that was when the occupants of those positions ceased their employment at CIT.

(2) a) Four of those positions were temporarily filled by employees with a substantive classification equivalent to that of the Centre Director role they were filling. Accordingly, there was no requirement to advertise these positions while those staff were undertaking the role. The occupant of the fifth position ceased their temporary transfer on 6 July 2008, and only resumed in the role on 11 August 2008 after the advertisement of the position.

b) Three were not advertised as the positions were filled by the permanent transfer of staff already holding a substantive classification equal to that of the Centre Director role.

(3) a) It was initially intended that these Executive positions be filled on a temporary basis for a period of six months during which time the positions would be advertised more widely. It is unclear as to the reason these positions were not advertised in the ACTPS Gazette until 7 August 2008.

b) The filling of these Executive positions was gazetted once the selection and other administrative processes had been completed.

Health—preventative services
(Question No 1746)

Mr Hanson asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 25 August 2011:

(1) In the 2011-12 budget (a) what is the total spending allocated for preventative health services and programs, (b) what are these health services and programs and (c) what is the total spending allocated per health service or program for 2011-12.

Ms Gallagher: I am advised that the answer to the member’s question is as follows:

In a public health service like the ACT Health Directorate, it is difficult to differentiate the difference between preventative health services and front line services. In the ACT Budget, the Health Directorate does report certain activities through ‘Output 1.6 – Early Intervention and Prevention’. For the purposes of this question, I have used these services, however it is likely that other services of a preventative nature exist within the other five Health Outputs.

a) As per page 231 of Budget Paper 4, estimated 2011-12 expenses on Early Intervention and Prevention across the Health Directorate are $70.996m.

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