Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 14 February 2017) . . Page.. 377 ..
MRS DUNNE: Were you briefed on issues relating to data problems when you were the Assistant Minister for Health?
MS FITZHARRIS: Yes. As I indicated in my earlier answer, I was briefed on the issues regarding the quarterly performance reports last year when I was Assistant Minister for Health. I was not responsible for those reports, but I was briefed at the time. As I noted in my statement, the Director-General of ACT Health took immediate action to further understand those issues when she became aware of them after budget estimates last year.
MR HANSON: Minister, when did your directorate first become aware of the discrepancies, and how long did it take them to inform you?
MS FITZHARRIS: My directorate informed me, on my return from leave last Monday, on broader data accuracy issues, as I have previously stated. I was advised last year—
Mr Hanson: When did they become aware?
MS FITZHARRIS: Monday, 6 February.
ACT Health—reporting accuracy
MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, which health services are you concerned about with regard to the accuracy of data?
MS FITZHARRIS: I am not concerned about health services, but we will be doing a system-wide review of all data processes. Some datasets, not all, were unable to be ready in time to be provided to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for their input into the 2017 report on government services produced by the Productivity Commission. I have no specific datasets that I can comment on right now, other than to say that all datasets will be verified over the course of the system-wide review.
MR HANSON: Minister, are the problems related to the original collection of the data, to any subsequent reporting of that data to another authority or with manipulation of the data?
MS FITZHARRIS: I would like to assure all members of the Assembly, through you, Madam Speaker, that I have no concerns about manipulation of any data but the review will be into data processes, data warehousing analysis for the purpose of reporting on a wide range of reports to the community, to the Assembly and to our commonwealth stakeholders.
MRS DUNNE: Minister, have any system changes been made since this issue was identified, going back to estimates last year, and what action has been taken to rectify previous datasets?