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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 8 Hansard (16 August) . . Page.. 3260..


2004 and clarifying the demerit point system under the Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act 2004; amending the Water and Sewerage Act 2000 by reviewing the scope of work for the appointment of a plumbing plan certifier and provisions that outline approval requirements; amending the Electricity Safety Act 1971 through a proposal to introduce a process for preconstruction approval for on-site electrical generation units, formalising the current process; and giving full effect to the new national access to premises standards that will be administered through legislation in each state and territory.

Finally, some changes will be proposed to the industrial relations legislation. The Long Service Leave (Contract Security Industry) Bill 2011 will be introduced to recognise a claim by members of the ACT security industry for equal access to portable long service leave as for those industries already covered under the current arrangements.

Following on from the success of the new portable long service leave scheme for the community sector, the government will once again set the standard nationally by providing for a portable long service leave scheme for the territory's security industry sector. The current Long Service Leave (Portable Schemes) Act 2009 is also to be amended. As well as making technical and housekeeping changes, the legislation will bring the ACT into line with most other jurisdictions with a change to the long service leave entitlements of workers permanently leaving the building and construction industry prior to accruing 10 years of service. The period of eligibility of these workers for a pro rata benefit payment on leaving the industry is to be increased from five to seven years. In addition, access to an entitlement payment in lieu of leave will be removed while a worker still continues to work.

To address the conflict of previous years with the Holidays Act 1958, an amendment will provide that 25 December, 26 December and 1 January will always be public holidays of general application, in addition to there being a public holiday for the following Monday or Tuesday, as appropriate, when any of these days fall on a weekend.

I commend the spring 2011 legislation program to the Assembly.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Government response—report 15

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Health and Minister for Industrial Relations) (3.35): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 15—Inquiry into the ACT Auditor-General Act 1996—Government response, dated June 2011.

The paper was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.


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