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exempt the Commission from the requirement in section 6 having satisfied himself that the benefit of the exemption outweighed the benefit of compliance with the requirement.

(3) The grounds on which the chief executive officer of the Commission exercised discretion included the following:

a. Prior to the engagement of the current CFO the Commission had difficulty recruiting and retaining suitably qualified and experienced people to its Senior Officer level finance manager position. Over a period of four years the Commission employed five finance managers.

b. The current CFO was originally engaged following a competitive process to address urgent issues relating to deficiencies in the Commission’s financial reporting referred to in the Auditor-General’s 2009-10 Audit Management Report.

c. The Commission also wanted to assess whether contracting a part-time high calibre CFO would be a more cost-effective option than employing a full-time person at Senior Officer level.

d. The part-time contractual arrangement has been very satisfactory and enabled the Commission, as a small agency that ordinarily would be unable to attract or afford to employ a high calibre CFO, to derive financial management and other benefits from the arrangement at less than the cost of employing a full-time person.

e. Over the period of his engagement the CFO had acquired a detailed and specialist knowledge of the Commission and been closely involved in a number of business process improvement projects, including the Commission’s online grants management system (eGrants). A change in CFO at this juncture would have delayed the progress of these projects and resulted in additional cost to the Commission. The cost of the new contract will be spread over 18 months.

When exempting the Commission from the requirements of section 6 of the ACT Government Procurement Regulation 2007, the chief executive officer stipulated that in the normal course of events competitive quotations should be sought in anticipation of the expiration of the current CFO’s contract in September 2013.

(4) See answers to questions (1) to (3).

Water—drinking fountains
(Question No 2333)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 3 May 2012:

(1) How many and what kind of drinking water fountains were installed in 2011-12.

(2) What was the cost per installed fountain.

(3) How many functional drinking water fountains are there in (a) all ACT town centres, (b) Civic, (c) sports and recreation sites and (d) other parks.

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