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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 6 Hansard (9 May) . . Page.. 1891..


(4) Was this change considered in the Skilled and Business Migration Program Review, June 2011; if so, why; if not, why not.

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

(1) The half yearly performance report for the period 1July-30 December 2012 noted a decrease in Employer Sponsor certified by 40.4% and a marginal decrease of 18.4% for Skilled Independent certified. The drop in certification was largely associated with Commonwealth Government reforms to various visa categories. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship conducted extensive consultations with the State and Territory Governments about the reforms through the consultation mechanisms that exist for this purpose. Prior to 1 July 2012, the number of employer nominations through the program increased significantly in the lead up to the introduction of the reforms.

(2) Our records indicate that the ACT Government received approximately:

      •     nine months notice about the general intent of the Commonwealth changes;

      •     4-6 weeks notice of the content of Commonwealth legislation underpinning the changes; and

      •     continued updates at the quarterly Commonwealth State Working Party on Skill Migration (CSWPSM) about changes to visa categories.

(3) The Government has not, to date, changed its skill migration attraction program to accommodate the 1 July 2012 changes.

(4) The changes were not considered in the Skilled and Business Migration Program Review, June 2011, as the details of the Commonwealth reforms underpinning the changes were not developed at that time.

Business—red tape reduction (Question No 97)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Economic Development, upon notice, on 10 April 2013:

(1) When was the Red Tape Reduction Panel established.

(2) Who are the members that make up the Panel.

(3) How many meetings has the Panel had, and when.

(4) Can the Minister provide a list of red tape that the Panel identified including (a) date identified and (b) value of red tape.

(5) Can the Minister provide a list of red tape removed including (a) date identified and (b) value of red tape.

(6) What methodology does the Government use to measure the value of identified red tape.

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


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