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(1) The information requested is not held centrally other than the engagements undertaken through Contractor Central. While information is available from Contractor Central it only came into operation in April 2017 and is a subset of all contract labour hire. Consequently, the data from Contractor Central would not accurately represent all contract labour hire activity.

Notably, a review and assessment of the broad extent of labour hire activity in the ACT Public Service is scoped within the ACT Government’s Insecure Work and Outsourcing Taskforce.

Explicit roles of the Taskforce include:

a. urgently reviewing the existing use of labour-hire in the ACTPS;

b. identifying factors leading to the use of labour-hire;

c. identifying immediate measures to reduce the use of labour hire in favour of direct employment; and

d. recommending policy and practice changes necessary to minimise the use of labour-hire and promote permanent employment on an ongoing basis.

(2) The total cost of contract labour hire is not a standard reportable item in directorate financials. Extracting the information to determine reliable figures would be unreasonably burdensome on directorates.

(3) As described at the response to Question 1, the information requested is only available from Contractor Central from April 2017 which will not accurately represent all contract labour hire activity.

(4) As described in response to Question 3.

(5) While the previous employment history of a candidate would be considered at engagement this information is not centrally tracked or retained within existing records.

(6) As above this information is not captured centrally.

(7) Tenure reports from Contractor Central were previously provided to directorates quarterly and are now available as a self-service through the new Beeline Vendor Management System. Tenure information is also being examined by the Insecure Work and Outsourcing Taskforce.

(8) This is determined by the hiring business area on a case by case basis consistent with the requirements set out in the employment framework.

(9) There has not been a significant change in the volume of engagements that directly correlates to COVID-19. No assignments have been cancelled by Directorates as a result of COVID-19 to date.

Government—consultants and contractors
(Question No 3104)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs; the Minister for Advanced Technology and Space Industries; the Minister for the Arts, Creative Industries and Cultural Events; the Attorney-General; the Minister for

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