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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 1 Hansard (13 February) . .

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Madam Speaker, this summary gives a small snapshot of the challenges and opportunities that I will be embracing in 2018. They contribute to a far-reaching set of government priorities which will continue to make our community a safer, fairer, more equitable and more inclusive place. I will continue to do my best through my portfolios in contributing to this work. I present the following paper:

Portfolio priorities 2018—Ministerial statement, 13 February 2018.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Portfolio priorities 2018

Ministerial statement

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Urban Renewal) (10.53): I am pleased to outline the policy priorities for my ministerial portfolio for 2018. The year ahead will be a full 12 months of major projects for government. A wide range of priorities are planned across my portfolios.

Firstly, I would like to highlight a substantial piece of work that will be carried out for the ACT planning strategy refresh, including significant engagement with the community. Since the planning strategy was launched in 2012, major changes have occurred in the ACT, including government commitments to a carbon-neutral future, the light rail network and urban renewal. The review will consider these changes and will ensure the planning strategy remains consistent with its main aim to promote the orderly and sustainable development of the ACT. The Canberra community and industry will play an important role in shaping refreshed planning that will ultimately deliver to create a compact, competitive and sustainable city for the future.

Secondly, I would like to touch on the government's building policy reform. This is an important year because we are putting in place the foundations for a more effective regulatory scheme and future reforms. The things we are doing include minimum documentation requirements for building approvals; new codes of practice and licensing exams for builders and building certifiers; a training course on the ACT building regulatory system for building certifiers, designers and building practitioners; and a new risk-based auditing and inspection system for building work and building certification. We will also be consulting further on insurance and warranties for building work; licensing and accountability for design practitioners; and dispute resolution.

Thirdly, of course, housing choices is a major project. Like many cities across Australia, Canberra's community is growing and changing. People have different ideas and priorities for what their city, suburb or street should look like. The


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