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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 6 Hansard (5 June) . . Page.. 1830..


The bill also revises product approval processes to accommodate competition in the certification services market and enable adoption of corresponding laws for approvals. The existing product safety standards are part of a national system of standards across all states and territories.

The bill also provides clarity for products that are not covered by product-specific safety standards—known as type B appliances.

A further amendment removes a superseded requirement for attaching compliance indicators to premises where gas-fitting work has been carried out. The certificate of compliance required under the legislation provides suitable certification and contains more information than a fixed indicator.

The bill inserts provisions that complement those in the Electricity Safety Act and the building code for energy efficiency. New provisions will allow regulations to be made to promote the efficient use or conservation of power and energy, or to limit harm to the environment from gas appliances and installations.

Further amendments transfer all residual powers of the Planning and Land Authority in the Gas Safety Act to the Construction Occupations Registrar. This aligns with current administrative processes in the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate. It also reflects that the functions of the registrar include responsibility for administering the Gas Safety Act as an operational act under the Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act.

The bill contains other amendments to streamline, update and clarify existing legislation and improve the operation of legislation to promote the safe use of gas products. These include inserting objects of the Gas Safety Act, highlighting important concepts in that act, outlining the relevant standards for practice in the act rather than in a code of practice, and redrafting certain offences to be consistent with the Criminal Code. These amendments are important to keep gas safety legislation relevant and up to date.

I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Coe) adjourned to the next sitting.

Domestic Animals Amendment Bill 2014

Mr Rattenbury, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Housing, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for Ageing) (11.11): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.


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