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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 12 August 2015) . . Page.. 2721 ..

providing a framework to make local jobs and investments central considerations in major government procurement activities.

The advocate’s first job will be to work with local industry to identify improvements to procurement processes to ensure that our rules and regulations work in a way that assist and benefit local firms and that we are providing opportunity for local business to create jobs.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Fitzharris.

MS FITZHARRIS: Chief Minister, why is it important for the government to drive business growth and utilise the capability of local industry?

MR BARR: International research is demonstrating that businesses from any sector of the economy will grow more quickly if they innovate, and our renewed business development strategy encourages economic diversification based on building an innovative ecosystem and an entrepreneurial culture for businesses that want to grow.

Coupled with our emphasis on supporting business to innovate and to attract investment, and our focus on creating the right business environment, the ACT business community is well placed now to build on capacity and capability to create jobs and to generate new economic activity for the city.

ACTION bus service—management

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, what restructuring of ACTION management is currently underway and how many staff have been made redundant or have accepted redundancies this year?

MR RATTENBURY: There has been an exercise within ACTION to look at the management structure and, more importantly, at how ACTION actually performs its job and the capability of the management team to deliver the best possible service for ACTION. The structure has been reorganised so that there is a stronger focus on oversight and some staff are being put into different roles so that ACTION is capable of making some of the business improvements that the government is looking for.

Through that process, obviously some staff positions have changed. I will not speak about individuals, but for some people that has meant that the role that is now available to them perhaps does not match their skills. As is the case with normal ACT public service processes, those staff are not made redundant. In the first instance they are given the opportunity to be redeployed into another part of the government. For some people a redundancy may be the ultimate outcome.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, what managerial positions have been abolished or significantly re-scoped in recent weeks?

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