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

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Following extensive consultation, in 2016 the Education Council considered the review final report and recommended policy changes. The national further amendment regulations were passed by the Education Council on 18 December 2017 and published on the New South Wales legislation register on 22 December 2017. Under section 303(3) of the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010, any amending regulations which are to be disallowed must occur no later than six sitting days after being presented to the Assembly.

The 52 areas of reform recommended by the review can be broadly categorised into three themes: a simplified and more transparent assessing and rating process under the national quality framework; improved guidance for all services providing care to children over preschool age and authorised officers in relation to documenting child assessments for educational programs; and measures to improve oversight of and support within family day care services to increase the integrity and transparency of delivery and improve outcomes for children.

Extensions to transitional regulations 242 and 264 until 2020 have also been agreed by the Education Council. These transitional provisions relate to the definition of early childhood teacher and the use of replacement staff. This will ensure continuity and stability within the sector.

A substantial amount of analysis, consultation and negotiation went into developing the amending regulations. Thanks go to our Victorian colleagues for consulting closely with jurisdictions on the development of all the amending regulations. I submit the second tranche of amendment regulations to support the changes that commenced on 1 February 2018.

National Education and Care Services Freedom of Information and Privacy Commissioners and Ombudsman—annual report 2016-17

Paper and statement by minister

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Women and Minister for Sport and Recreation) (3.53): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

National Education and Care Services Freedom of Information & Privacy Commissioners & Ombudsman—Annual report 2016-2017.

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

Leave granted.

MS BERRY: As Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, I am pleased to table the National Education and Care Services Freedom of Information and Privacy Commissioners and Ombudsman annual report 2016-17.


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