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(3) The ACTPS restructure meant that many of the Resource Management Plans then in existence were no longer wholly applicable. ESDD is working actively across the ACTPS to support the completion of 2012-13 Resource Management Plans which will reflect the new structural arrangements where this has not yet occurred.

(4) There is no charge for participation in an ACTSmart program.

(5) Yes. Resource Management Plans identify and plan to minimise a Directorate’s impact on the environment (including energy, water, waste and other focus areas). Participation in an ACTSmart program may be chosen as one of the means by which to track and achieve progress against resource management commitments.

Government—procurement regulation exemptions
(Question No 2315)

Ms Hunter asked the Minister for Community Services, upon notice, on 3 May 2012:

(1) Given that within the ACT Government Contracts Register the procurement process for the contract 2011.17274.210 – Project Management Services – Execution Date 8/8/2011 – Contract Value $70,470.40 (GST Inclusive) is recorded as single select, urgent and exempt from quotation and tender threshold requirements and with respect to value for money in procurement within the Community Services Directorate for the contract, how has the Directorate assured itself that value for money in accordance with subsection 22A of Part 2A of the Government Procurement Act 2001 has been achieved.

(2) What were the reasons for not complying with regulation 6 of the Government Procurement Regulation 2007 with respect to the procurement process.

(3) Did the Director-General of the Directorate, in writing, exempt the organisation from complying with the requirements of subsection 6 of Part 2 of the Government Procurement Regulation 2007; if so, what were the reasons for doing so.

Ms Burch: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Children’s Policy and Regulation Unit in the Community Services Directorate engaged the services of a consultant in 2011 to ensure the ACT was well placed to meet the National Quality Framework requirements for implementation on 1 January 2012. The consultant developed a project management system for the implementation and delivery of the National Quality Framework. The Directorate assured itself that it was obtaining value for money by obtaining up to date information at the time on the market rate applicable for this type of work.

(2) Regulation 6 of the Government Procurement Regulation 2007 requires a territory entity to seek at least three written quotes for the procurement of services if the total estimated value of the procurement is $25,000 or more and less than $200,000. However, Regulation 10 of the Government Procurement Regulation 2007 allows the responsible Chief Executive to exempt the requirement if they are satisfied on reasonable grounds that the benefit of the exemption outweighs the benefit of

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