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services—ROGS—related to mental health in mid-January. It showed that the ACT government had failed to meet deadlines to submit data related to mental health to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Did your office advise you that it had received an advance copy of the report in mid-January and that the ACT had failed to submit data in time for publication of the ROGS?

MR RATTENBURY: I will need to check my records on that and provide the information to Mrs Jones as soon as I can.

MRS JONES: Minister, were you advised before the report on government services was published that the Health Directorate had trouble meeting AIHW deadlines for mental health data?


MRS DUNNE: Minister, has there been a breakdown in communication between your office and the Health Directorate regarding mental health data?

MR RATTENBURY: I certainly do not believe so. We have a Health DLO in our office now and we are in contact with the directorate multiple times every day.

ACT Health—data submission

MS LEE: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, on 16 February you made a statement in the Assembly about ACT Health’s failure to submit data to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in time for the ROGS. You advised that you were briefed in November that ACT Health was renegotiating the deadline for ROGS and that on 6 February you were formally informed that that deadline had been missed. Was ACT Health able to renegotiate that deadline; if so, why did it also fail to meet the revised deadline?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Ms Lee for the question. I think I indicated at the time that there was not just one data set that was to be provided through the AIHW to the Productivity Commission for the production of the report on government services; there were a number of different data sets. Some of those were subject to negotiation for extended provision by ACT Health. In some cases that was provided; in other cases it was not. So it is not simply one single data set; it was a number of them. I am fairly certain—although I can check the record—that I did mention that both in the chamber and subsequent to that.

MS LEE: Did you ask any questions at any stage between November and February about whether the Health Directorate had met the deadline for the submission of data to ROGS? If not, why not? If yes, were you satisfied with their reasons?

MS FITZHARRIS: Yes, I did. I was also on leave for the three weeks prior to my return to work on 6 February. It was in that period that it became apparent both to Health and to my office that some of those data sets obviously had not been provided in time, and ACT data was missing from some data sets in the ROGS report as well. I have indicated in the chamber prior to today, and I reiterate it again today, that it was

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