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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 3 Hansard (8 April) . . Page.. 752..


and advising of positive member feedback on the employee assistance training. Further updates have been provided to staff on 7 February 2014, 18 February 2014, 19 February 2014, 24 February 2014, 11 March 2014 and 26 March 2014.

Earlier this month the Chief Minister replied to the USU confirming that before the sale completion, staff and union representatives will be consulted on appropriate mechanisms to transfer staff and their entitlements and on ongoing employment conditions. Any staff seeking to join the ACT public service will also be assisted in applying for the vacant positions based on merit. There has been a very comprehensive engagement from the government.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, what measures will be in place to support current ACTTAB staff if the sale goes ahead?

MR BARR: I have just outlined those in some detail. There are a range of programs in place to assist staff through the transition, either through ongoing employment potentially with new owners or through opportunities to transfer into the ACT public service. There are, through the consultant who has been brought on board, individual supports in place for each and every staff member seeking advice on transition into other forms of employment, or in fact on whether they wish to stay with the business under new ownership.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, will any staff lose their jobs if the sale goes ahead, or will safeguards be put in place to guarantee employment?

MR BARR: Some positions may not continue under the new ownership.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, will any staff receive bonuses if the sale goes ahead?

MR BARR: No, I do not believe so.

Employment—growth

MS PORTER: Madam Speaker, my question, through you, is to the Acting Chief Minister and Treasurer. Would the Acting Chief Minister please outline what steps the government is taking to encourage job growth and investment in the territory?

MR BARR: I thank Ms Porter for the question. The government is taking a range of steps to encourage job growth and investment in the territory. The Chief Minister today heads an ACT delegation travelling to China as part of the Prime Minister's trade mission to attend Australia Week in China. The Chief Minister's participation in the trade mission further strengthens the ACT government's policy agenda relating to business and trade, education, infrastructure, tourism and industry development.


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