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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 3 Hansard (31 March) . . Page.. 1228..


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Labor Party—election commitments (Question No 1400)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 15 February 2011 (redirected to the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services):

(1) In relation to ACT Treasury's Summary of Labor Election Commitments dated 17 October 2008, has the Government implemented its 2008 election commitment in relation to the establishment of an industrial relations non-governmental organisation (NGO) body; if not, why not; if so, what is the name of the NGO body.

(2) When was the body established and what were the establishment costs.

(3) What (a) are the body's terms of reference and (b) is the body's legislative framework.

(4) Who provides secretariat support.

(5) How much funding, both cash and in-kind, was provided to the body in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) the period 1 July to 31 December 2010.

(6) What funding budget, both cash and in-kind, has been committed for the period 1 January to 30 June 2011 and outyears.

Ms Burch: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The election commitment of 4 October 2008 was to provide $500,000 to support improved industrial relations advice to non-government organisations in the ACT. In the 2008 09 Supplementary Budget, the ACT Government committed $500,000 to review community contracts and to provide an improved industrial relations (IR) environment for non-government organisations in the ACT.

The project was divided into two parts - phase one to review the existing IR environment ($400,000) and phase two to deliver sustainable support and improvements in this area ($100,000). The Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services completed phase one with the publication of the Review of Industrial Relations Arrangements for the ACT Community Sector report in July 2010. The report and government response is available at http://www.dhcs.act.gov.au/wac/review_of_industrial_arrangements.

A procurement process is underway to select an organisation with IR expertise to deliver an IR information and advice service.

(2) An organisation will be engaged to deliver the project from a tender process which will commence in March 2011. A contract for delivery of the project is expected by 30 June 2011.


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