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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 2066..


The Government agreed to these recommendations in February 2012.

The Government is preparing an implementation plan for the CSE's recommendations.

Kambah shopping centre

Ms Gallagher (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Mr Smyth on Thursday, 30 June 2012): In terms of direction signs, 'shops' signs have already been provided at major intersections leading to the centre including the intersections of Boddington Street with O'Halloran Circuit, Bateman Street and Castley Circuit.

In terms of clarifying the internal circulation, there is a "No Entry"sign at one of the entrances to this car park. I am advised by Roads ACT that further direction markings are not considered necessary.

ACT public service—employees working from home

Ms Gallagher (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Ms Le Couteur on Thursday, 22 March 2012): In recognition of my responsibilities as Chief Minister in relation to the ACT Public Service, your question has been directed to me for response by the Minister for Industrial Relations, Dr Chris Bourke MLA.

1) I am advised that a pilot carpooling scheme for staff engaged by ACT Health has been in operation since 2010, assisting to address parking pressure for staff during ongoing development works at Canberra Hospital. I am also advised that the Government is in the process of expanding this service to all ACT Public Service staff, anticipating roll-out of these services by 1 July 2012.

The initiative recognises the potential broader benefits in promoting car pooling in conjunction with other sustainable transport alternatives (such as walking, cycling, using public transport) to offer the greatest flexibility for staff to reduce their car journeys.

As an employer the ACT Public Service (ACTPS) recognises that home based work arrangements can benefit both employees and Directorates. The various enterprise agreements currently in place across the service include express reference to the availability of home based work as a form of flexible working arrangements that may be made available to staff.

2) The definition of 'workplace' provided under the Work and Health Safety Act 2011 (the WHS Act) is quite broad and can include an employee's home premises where they are undertaking approved home based work. Accordingly, the ACTPS continues to have work health and safety responsibilities in relation to officers who are undertaking regular home based work. Formal home based work arrangements require a home based workstation assessment to be completed prior to the arrangements taking effect.


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