Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 24 August 2017) . . Page.. 3486 ..
(1) In relation to procurement processes, does the ACT Government ask for information regarding diversity, inclusivity and reconciliation strategies from professional services firms engaged to provide services to the Government; if so, what information is asked for and in what form; if not, why is that information not sought from professional services firms, many of which are noted for not being diverse or accessible to marginalised groups.
(2) Where this information is available, what proportion of professional services firms engaged by the ACT Government have (a) a Reconciliation Action Plan, (b) gender empowerment and mentoring programs, (c) lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning empowerment and mentoring programs, (d) unconscious bias mitigation strategies, (e) flexible working conditions and hours, (f) mental health support programs and (g) workplace adjustment policies for accessible and inclusive workplaces.
Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
The ACT Government does not as part of standard practice ask for information specifically regarding diversity, inclusivity and reconciliation strategies from professional service firms engaged to provide services to the Government. Upon Tender submission, a firm is assessed to ensure it complies with relevant requirements of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Cth) and if applicable whether an Ethical Supplier Declaration is signed.
(Question No 460)
Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 4 August 2017:
(1) What plans does the Government have in place for managing public safety during heatwaves.
(2) Are new apartment buildings currently required to be designed to keep residents safe during heat waves if air conditioning fails, for example, due to electricity load shedding; if not, is the Government taking any action to ensure they will be in future.
(3) What plans does the Government have in place for managing residents that need to evacuate their apartment buildings during heatwaves.
(4) Are these plans public so that the community can find them if they need advice in an emergency.
(5) Has or will the Government conduct community information campaigns so that apartment residents know what to do in a heatwave if their electricity fails.
Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) The ACT Government’s emergency plans are informed by the Emergencies Act 2004 and the development and implementation of the ACT Emergency Plan and associated sub-plans. The ACT Emergency Plan outlines the core emergency management arrangements across the ACT.