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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 6 Hansard (27 June) . . Page.. 2403..


Industrial relations—occupational health and safety

(Question No 2063)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 6 May 2008:

Would the Minister provide to the Assembly details of the procedures implemented by each Minister to ensure adherence to occupational health and safety duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1989, including sections 210 and 222, and the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1994; if not, why not.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

In relation to the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1989, the Attorney-General and the Office of Regulatory Services in the Department of Justice and Community Safety is responsible for administering the legislation (including enforcement, compliance, regulatory activities, education and advice) for both the public and private sector. The Office of Industrial Relations in the Chief Minister's Department is responsible for developing policy and legislation in relation to OHS and injury prevention and management for the public sector. The Occupational Health and Safety Council advise me on matters of policy and also has a role in relation to the approval of training for the legislation. The Occupational Health and Safety Commissioner has an education, advice and training role for both the public and private sector. Shared Services in the Department of Treasury deliver services for ACT Government agencies in relation to workplace safety and injury prevention. Larger agencies manage their own injury management functions and Shared Services undertake this role for some smaller agencies. ACT Health retains its own injury prevention and management functions.

In relation to the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1994, Senior Executives Responsible for Business Integrity and Risk (SERBIR) are responsible for both the provision of information regarding Public Interest Disclosures and the handling of any such disclosures within their individual agencies. This information is primarily made available to ACT Public Service staff through a range of publications, including the ACT Integrity Policy.

Asbestos

(Question No 2065)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 6 May 2008:

(1) What mechanisms are available to ACT residents to report to ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) asbestos, or suspected asbestos, on their property or the properties of their neighbours;

(2) What response is required from ACTPLA when a report of asbestos, or suspected asbestos, is received;

(3) What mechanisms are available to ACT residents who have been exposed to asbestos, especially in situations where a report to ACTPLA has been made but no action has been taken to safely remove the asbestos.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:


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