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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 29 November 2018) . . Page.. 5367 ..

The catering expenditure was part of the all-day conference package, not just for lunch. The conference package rate compares favourably with other conference venues in Canberra.

Expenditure for the event was approved by the then Acting Executive Director, People and Culture.

(2) It is not possible to provide an accurate comparison as requested. CHS served 1.3 million meals to patients in the 2017-18 financial year.


Ms Fitzharris (in reply to a question by Ms Le Couteur on Tuesday, 27 November 2018):

(1) No. The latest commencement date of the legislation is 20 September 2019.

(2) This date allows time for:

education and awareness-raising amongst GP practices; and

time to work with community pharmacies about the dispensing arrangements under this new legislation.

Government—procurement policies

Mr Barr (in reply to a question by Mr Wall on Wednesday, 28 November 2018):

In October 2017, when the overspend on Floriade 2017 was first detected, a preliminary assessment of contracts identified some deficiencies with procurement processes by Events ACT. At that point, the event had been delivered and expenditure was already committed.

These deficiencies were brought to the attention of the Chief Minister via a brief (CMTEDD2018/160) dated 12 January 2018.

The following information has been provided for Question on Notice No. 6 Inquiry info referred 2017-18 Annual and Financial Reports, CMTEDD2018/6657:

o Since the end of 2017, staff within Events ACT have undertaken training in contract management, government procurement, risk management and project management. Financial delegations were circulated to managers and senior managers within Events ACT on 31 October 2017 and annual training on delegations for all staff has been scheduled for November each year.

o The table below provides details in relation to a) who facilitated the training; b) how many employees received training; c) what the cost per employee was; and d) when the training commenced.

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