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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 6 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2439..


MR BARR (continuing):

I am advised by ACTPLA that the regulation is already in effect ahead of the 1 July deadline and that this regulation means that the ACT is one of the first jurisdictions to apply the BCA 2010's enhanced energy efficiency measures, that new houses, extensions and apartments in the ACT have to achieve the equivalent of at least six-star energy efficiency ratings and that commercial buildings will also have to meet increased energy efficiency standards.

In applying these new regulations, the government has been mindful of two things. Firstly, as I am sure all members would agree, this is an immensely complex and technical area and our experience with other legislative attempts has certainly proven that to be the case. Secondly, the government is mindful not to impose unjustifiable costs on some in the community. By "unjustifiable costs"I mean that the new regulations have taken appropriate account of the circumstances of those households without gas, with no direct sun or that are located in areas that are not suitable for heat pumps. The regulations do not force people in these circumstances to get gas connected or to buy a more expensive variety of hot-water heater that would prove to be inefficient when retrofitted. The government proposes to address these circumstances through the phase-in of more equitable measures relating to new energy efficient standards for replacement hot-water heaters over the coming year.

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MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra-Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act, pursuant to subsection 9(5)-Chief Minister's 2007-2010 Annual Report Directions.

I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: In 2007 the government determined that it would streamline the annual reporting requirement through the adoption of directions with a currency of three years. This was done with the intention of reducing the significant resource impact upon agencies resulting from changing requirements each year. As this is the last financial year of the three-year directions, an evaluation will be made as to the feasibility of these arrangements.

A number of amendments to the directions applying to the 2009-10 annual reports were proposed which were provided to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for consultation. The public accounts committee considered the proposed technical changes and advised on 2 June of its agreement with the changes to the directions.

I am pleased to advise the Assembly that, following the commitment to develop a triple bottom line annual reporting framework under the parliamentary agreement, a


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