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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 14 September 2017) . . Page.. 3783 ..

delivery of services to Icon Water would involve competing with the private sector. Its current cost structures would not be directly transferable, as appropriate measures to remove advantages of government ownership to meet the ACT’s competitive neutrality obligations would need to be made.

The range and type of services provided to Icon Water under the services agreements are significantly different to those that are provided through the ACT Government Shared Services Centre. In particular, the Icon contract includes customer-facing services such as meter reading, household billing and first response contact centre calls, which are not replicated within the Shared Services Centre.

The ACT Government’s competitive neutrality commitments are set out in the 2016 Intergovernmental Agreement on Competition and Productivity Enhancing Reform and the ACT’s Competitive Neutrality Policy. The Agreement is available at and there is a link to Competitive Neutrality Policy in the ACT on the ICRC website,, on the competitive neutrality government regulated activities web page.

Budget—community sector
(Question No 422)

Mr Coe asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 4 August 2017:

(1) Which community organisations were represented at the community briefing for the 2017-18 ACT Budget held at 12.15 pm on Tuesday, 7 June 2017.

(2) Why was it necessary to design, print and distribute regional brochures advising of measures in the 2017-18 ACT Budget when the same households also received an Our Canberra newsletter shortly thereafter.

(3) Would it have been more cost-effective to cover the Budget in the Our Canberra newsletter.

(4) What were the costs for (a) design, (b) printing and (c) distribution for the 2017-18 ACT Budget regional brochures.

(5) Which organisations were responsible for the (a) design, (b) printing and (c) distribution of the 2017-18 ACT Budget regional brochures.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The RSVP list of organisations is at Appendix A.

(2) Five regional brochures were created to highlight specific regional and other expenditure in the ACT Budget to provide the community with information on where the budget goes.

(3) It was not practical to include the level of detail required to provide households with sufficient information on the 2017-18 Budget in the Our Canberra newsletter, in addition to its existing focus on community news, services and initiatives.

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