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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 5 Hansard (15 May) . . Page.. 1631..


Directorate is responsible for managing. The Directorate is only responsible for implementing environmental offsets that are on land that is managed by TAMS. Information on these sites is available at the following link http://www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/575193/Environmental-Offsets-Map.pdf

The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate is responsible for the broader ACT Government offset policy.

The updated TAMS website will include more detailed information on the Commonwealth's Notice of Decision, approved Offset Management Plans and annual reports. The update of the website to include this information is scheduled to be completed before the end of May 2014.

TAMS manages offsets in accordance with the conditions outlined in the Commonwealth's approval decision for the associated development. The approval decision often includes a condition to monitor the matters of national environmental significance. Depending on the offset site, this relates to:

o the quality and/or extent of threatened species habitat;

o the quality and/or extent of a threatened ecological community (or communities); and / or

o a surveyed population count for a threatened species.

Offset Management Plans (OMP) are developed for all direct offsets as stipulated in the approval condition for a development. An OMP guides the management of the offset site and outlines the timing of any required monitoring.

Annual reports are submitted to the Commonwealth to demonstrate compliance of the approval decision and implementation of the OMP including any specific monitoring requirements. As an example, TAMS has placed an annual report for the Ngunnawal 2C Offset on its website, and can be found at http://www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/455373/Bonner-4-East-Environmental-Offset-Report-2012-13.pdf

Hospitals—salary costs

Ms Gallagher (in reply to a question by Ms Lawder on Tuesday, 13 May 2014): The AIHW report referred to provides data on average salary across a broad range of employees. There were no specific figures on diagnostic staff, as they were included in a broader category in the report which included all other allied health professionals as well as laboratory technicians.

The ACT was not identified as providing the lowest average pay for any of the categories identified by the AIHW. Additionally, a significant number of diagnostic staff are covered by a Special Employment Arrangement (SEA), which do not appear to have been included in the AIHW figures. All of the staff included in the broader AIHW group are in line to receive a minimum pay increase of $2090 (a 3.16% increase on the AIHW's average for the ACT) with effect from

1 July 2013, the day after the 30 June 2013 cutoff for the AIHW's data.


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