Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 2 Hansard (20 March) . . Page.. 585..
Thursday, 20 March 2014
MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
Education, Training and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee
MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (10.01): Pursuant to order I present the following report:
Education, Training and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee—Report 2—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2012-2013, dated 20 March 2014, together with a copy of the relevant minutes of proceedings.
That the report be noted.
In tabling this report today I acknowledge all those who contributed to it, particularly the committee secretary, Mr Andrew Snedden, committee office staff and, of course, my fellow committee members, Ms Berry, Mrs Jones and Mr Doszpot. I also remind members that, due to urgent medical treatment at the time, I was unable to chair the annual reports inquiry 2013, so my thanks go to Ms Berry for chairing the inquiry and Mr Gentleman for joining the committee in my stead for that period.
Of course, not being at the hearings posed some challenges for me when drafting the chair's report. I thank the committee secretary for assisting in ensuring that I was able to thoroughly scrutinise the Hansard records of the hearings so that the draft report and the recommendations could adequately reflect the issues brought before the committee. I also thank the committee members for the cooperative way in which they worked together, resulting in the report that you have before you.
The committee made six recommendations, and I will talk to those briefly. Madam Speaker, you are aware that the committee is also inquiring into the issue of employment, skills and training at the moment, so the committee was particularly interested in what was put before it by the ACT Building and Construction Industry Training Fund Authority. Recommendation 1 is that the authority continue to give an updated account on challenges facing its client industry, particularly in the changing building, construction and engineering activities.
Madam Speaker, you would also be aware that some matters have been discussed in this place in relation to CIT and staffing management issues. That was dealt with quite considerably during the hearing. A lot of evidence was given about the work that has been undertaken since by the CIT and measures that have been put in place, and the committee is particularly interested in looking at that as a stand-alone part of the next annual report. Recommendation 2 is for a comprehensive stand-alone section that provides an updated account on the steps being taken to resolve any outstanding