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Internally the Directorate continues a program to improve energy/resource efficiency, including participation in the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate’s OfficeSmart sustainability program and providing a range of recycling services for paper, cardboard, organic material, comingled recycling, toner cartridges, batteries and mobile phones.

(2) Nara Centre upgrade costs are the building owner’s responsibility. Internal resource efficiency activities are undertaken as part of day to day Directorate operations at no additional cost.

(3) Not able to be quantified at this stage.

In relation to Shared Services:

(1) The Directorate has an initiative in progress to upgrade ACTPS data centre infrastructure. A significant component of this initiative will be the move to more energy efficient infrastructure.

(2) Nil to date.

(3) The current data centre facilities are inefficient by current industry standards and have an average Power Usage Efficiency (PUE) in excess of 1.9. Planned new facilities are expected to have a PUE of less than 1.6, which represents a 16% reduction in projected power usage all else being equal. In addition to this, server virtualisation is maximising the processing power realised from each physical and powered server.

Political parties—agreements
(Question No 10)

Mr Seselja asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 29 November 2012 (redirected to the Minister for Education and Training):

What is the expected financial impact on industry to increase the Building and Construction Training Levy to 0.3% as per the Labor-Greens Parliamentary Agreement.

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

The financial impact of the change will be a 0.1% increase.

The levy is charged at the point of the development application to the ACT Planning and Land Authority.

This is intended to raise additional funds to support the building and construction industry in a range of ways, including ongoing training in workplace health and safety. The Inquiry into Compliance with Work Health and Safety Requirements in the ACT’s Construction Industry has found that the industry would benefit from increased effective work health and safety training.

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