Page 1934 - Week 05 - Thursday, 10 May 2018

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Services, the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, the Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, the Minister for Sport and Recreation, the Minister for Women, the Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research, the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, the Minister for Planning and Land Management, the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, the Minister for Tourism and Major Events, the Minister for Regulatory Services, the Minister for the Arts and Community Events, the Minister for Veterans and Seniors, the Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, the Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety, the Minister for Corrections, the Minister for Mental Health, the Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion, the Minister for Disability, Children and Youth, the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 23 March 2018 (redirected to the Chief Minister):

(1) What is the breakdown of total spending on media and communications of each directorate and government agency for which the Minister is responsible for in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and 2017-18 to date by (i) internal staff costs, (ii) software or other internal infrastructure, (iii) goods and services contracts and (iv) consultancy services.

(2) Have any of the directorates or government agencies for the Minister is responsible for engaged external consultants or contractors for the provision of communications or media services, including instances where the contract value is below $25,000, during (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and 2017-18 to date.

(3) If the answer was yes to any of part (2)(a) to (c), can the Minister advise (a) whether the consultant or contractor was engaged under a whole of Government panel contract; if engaged outside of a whole of Government panel contract, why the existing panel contractors did not meet requirements, (b) nature of services, (c) total value of the contract, (d) total period of the contract, (e) contract name and (f) contract number.

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

In responding to your questions we have interpreted media and communications roles (strategic communications and media, digital communications, and marketing and advertising roles) as those which ensure the community is well informed about the full breadth of government programs, policy and services. ACT Government public information activities and campaigns are undertaken for the following reasons:

public health or safety campaigns and campaigns that assist in the preservation of order in the event of an emergency or crisis;

campaigns that help ensure public safety, personal security or that encourage responsible behaviour and to maximise compliance with the law;

campaigns that attract investment and promote the ACT as a business and tourist destination;

to inform the community of new, existing, changed policies, programs and services;

to raise awareness of a planned or new initiative or event;

to initiate community consultation;

to promote awareness of rights, responsibilities, duties or entitlements;

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