Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 26 October 2017) . . Page.. 4611 ..
(5) Response times for the rostered doctor vary depending on whether the doctor is on base or on-call at the time of mission activation. Between 8:00am and 6:00pm the medical crew are required to be available to depart the base within 15 minutes. This increases to 30 minutes between 6:00pm and 8:00am.
ACT Ambulance Service—staffing
(Question No 663)
Mrs Jones asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 22 September 2017:
(1) In the event of ambulance officers calling in sick or taking flexible time off on short notice, (a) what steps are taken to ensure that the ACT Ambulance Service does not fall below the minimum working crew amount and (b) how often does this situation occur.
(2) What is the total number of overtime hours worked by qualified ambulance officers this financial year to date.
(3) What were the total number of overtime hours worked by qualified ambulance officers in (a) 2016-17 and (b) 2015-16.
(4) What additional loadings and other pay is added to each overtime hour, compared to regular working hours for qualified ambulance officers and how does this change for day shifts and night shifts.
Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1)(a) ACT Ambulance Service actively rearranges its workforce to provide adequate staffing to fulfil its operational and legislative priorities. In situations where crewing levels are impacted by unforeseen absences, such as sick leave or other unplanned leave, resources can be re-deployed or managed through overtime shifts.
(1)(b) Providing a response to this question would require a considerable amount of staff time and resources to answer, and unreasonably redirect ESA personnel away from important functions. As such, I have determined it is not appropriate to provide a response to this question.
(2) As at 26 September 2017, 9,529 hours of overtime has been worked in the 2017-18 financial year, for all qualified ambulance officers, for all purposes.
(3)(a) 35,923 hours of overtime was worked in the 2016-17 financial year, for all qualified ambulance officers, for all purposes.
(3)(b) 33,948 hours of overtime was worked in the 2015-16 financial year, for all qualified ambulance officers, for all purposes.
(4) Details of overtime payments are publically available in the ACT Ambulance Service Enterprise Agreement 2013 – 2017 at https://www.jobs.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/530048/JACS-ACTAS-Agreement.pdf.