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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . .

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That the ACT Government uses strategic environmental assessments as provided for in the Planning and Development Act 2007 to reduce and manage cumulative and cross-sectoral impacts on the environment ...

While the government will examine options to implement the practical effect of the commissioner's recommendation, the government already has a sound mechanism in place for addressing this issue. The ACT already has an environmental impact statement process that facilitates environmental impact assessment in the territory. This process is based on a triple bottom line and risk assessment approach and can and does consider cumulative and off-site impacts. The government is mindful of the need to encourage measured economic growth whilst promoting change to more sustainable behaviours. The government's policies are evaluated against the triple bottom line assessment and help to promote a sustainable development approach.

I am pleased to formally table the government's response to the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment's state of the environment report 2015.

Work health and safety in the ACT 2016

Paper and statement by minister

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning and Land Management, Minister for Racing and Gaming and Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Work Health and Safety in the ACT 2016.

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

Leave granted.

MR GENTLEMAN: In May 2015 I delivered the final six-monthly ministerial statement on the implementation of the Getting home safely report. In the course of making that statement, I undertook to provide an annual update on work health and safety in the territory. Accordingly, today I am tabling the first such report.

I am pleased to announce that in 2014-15 there were fewer than 2,000 lost time injuries reported by ACT private sector employers. This reflects the lowest frequency of lost time injuries recorded in the territory for more than 10 years. Much of this important improvement has been generated by the construction industry, and the building and construction industry sector has historically experienced the most work-related injuries in the territory. However, since the government began implementing the recommendations of the Getting home safely report, there has been an almost 35 per cent improvement in the frequency of lost time injuries in the building and construction sector.

The report also describes significant improvements in safety in the ACT public sector in the period since the commencement of the ACT government workers compensation and work safety improvement plan. Overall, the report indicates that government and industry investments in work safety infrastructure are paying dividends and that it is safer to work in the territory now than it has been for many years.

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