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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 22 March 2018) . . Page.. 1049 ..

Access Canberra has not issued any infringement fines. Issues have been dealt with through education, engagement and written warnings. Most people will stop smoking when directed to do so.

(4) Nil fines have been issued.

Infringement amounts payable by an individual found to be contravening the provisions of the Act are detailed in Schedule 1 of the Magistrates Court (Smoke-Free Public Places Infringement Notices) Regulation 2010.

(5) A total of Fifteen (15) complaints have been received by Access Canberra since its inception up until 9 March 2018. Typically these related to smoking in or around eating areas and allegations of people smoking within transport areas that are designated as being smoke-free. Access Canberra has not received any complaints about vaping.

Complaints are received through the Complaints Management Team. In response to complaints, Access Canberra officers will conduct inspections in the area to which the complaint relates (shopping centres, playgrounds and bus stops again being the typical areas). Access Canberra applies its Engage, Educate and Enforce philosophy in response to matters of non-compliance and therefore will attempt to resolve these issues through engagement and education in the first instance.

(6) The ACT Government has introduced several initiatives over the past several years to reduce smoking rates, including introducing new smoke-free public areas across the Territory.

An updated National Tobacco Strategy Action Plan, which sits under the new National Drug Strategy 2017–2026, is currently being developed by the Commonwealth. ACT Health is actively engaged with the Commonwealth and other jurisdictions in the review process for this Strategy. ACT Health is also currently undertaking targeted consultation on the new ACT Drug Strategy Action Plan, which encompasses alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The new Drug Strategy Action Plan will align closely with the Government’s preventive health agenda and relevant clinical service plans. The Plan will include actions for further reducing the harms of tobacco smoke in the community.

(Question No 931)

Mr Coe asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 16 February 2018:

(1) What is the total number of invoices paid by the ACT Government in the 2017-18 financial year to date.

(2) For invoices paid by the ACT Government in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16 and (c) 2017-18 to date, what is the total number of invoices to the value of (i) under $10 000, (ii) between $10 000 to $12 499, (iii) between $12 500 to $24 999, (iv) between $25 000 to $49 999, (v) between $50 000 to $99 999, (vi) between $100 000 to $149 999, (vii) between $150 000 to $199 999 and (viii) over $200 000.

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