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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 8 Hansard (4 June) . . Page.. 2230..


MS GALLAGHER: I present another set of executive contracts. These documents are tabled in accordance with sections 31A and 79 of the Public Sector Management Act which require the tabling of all director-general and executive contracts and contract variations. Contracts were previously tabled on 7 May 2013. Today I present nine long term contracts, 10 short term contracts and 24 contract variations. The details of contracts will be circulated to members.

2012-2013 annual report directions

Paper and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Health and Minister for Higher Education): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act, pursuant to subsection 9(5)—Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Notice 2013—Notifiable instrument NI2013-243, including a copy of the Chief Minister's 2012-2013 Annual Report Directions.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: The 2012-13 annual report directions largely replicate the 2011-12 directions with some minor and technical amendments. The directions include the amendments to the declarations about public authorities made under sections 12 and 16 of the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act. In accordance with section 12 of the annual reports act, as Chief Minister I will be responsible for the ACT executive for the purposes of annual reporting. Under section 16 I may declare that an entity established under an Act is a public authority which is required to prepare an annual report. This year's declaration is largely the same as in previous years with the following omissions: TotalCare has been omitted as it no longer exists; the ACT Accreditation and Registration Council has been omitted as it no longer has any regulatory function; and the Work Safety Council has been omitted as it is a statutory advisory body without legal identity or staff.

To reflect the changes in administrative arrangements in 2012, annual reports will be prepared for the former Treasury Directorate covering the period July to 9 November 2012, and containing the audited finance sections; the Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate for the period July 2012 to June 2013, covering the former Chief Minister and Cabinet Directorate, and those parts of Treasury that transferred; and the Commerce and Works Directorate for the period 10 November 2012 to June 2013 covering all areas that transferred to the new Directorate.

Within the body of the annual report directions only minor and technical amendments have been made. I note the following key amendments that have been made: section C.9, Workplace Health and Safety, has been amended to reflect the annual report requirements of the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022; section


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