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

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The Education and Care Services Ombudsman, National Education and Care Services Freedom of Information Commissioner and the National Education and Care Services Privacy Commissioner are independent statutory officers established under national applied laws legislation—the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 and the associated Education and Care Service National Regulations.

The two commissioners and the Ombudsman positions commenced in 2012 and are established and operate independently of each other for the purposes of the national law. The ECS commissioners are bound by commonwealth legislation, including the commonwealth Ombudsman Act 1976, the commonwealth Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the commonwealth Privacy Act 1988. Each commonwealth act was modified by the national regulations for the purposes of the national quality framework.

The ECS commissioners investigate and respond to complaints by people in relation to the provision of early childhood education and care services. The Education and Care Services Ombudsman receives complaints and assists people who may have been treated unfairly or inappropriately by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority—ACECQA—or its officers, staff or contractors.

The National Education and Care Services Freedom of Information Commissioner responds to complaints about the "performance of functions, or the exercise of powers, under the Freedom of Information Act by ACECQA or a regulatory authority". The role of the National Education and Care Services Privacy Commissioner is to respond to complaints about an "alleged breach of the information privacy principles in the Privacy Act by ACECQA or a regulatory authority".

The NECS annual report has been prepared in accordance with regulations 198, 207 and 221 of the Education and Care Services National Regulations. These regulations require each minister of the Education Council to table a copy of the annual report within their jurisdiction's Legislative Assembly. I submit the NECS annual report 2016-17 in accordance with our obligations under the national regulations.

Paper

Mr Gentleman presented the following paper:

Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 242(2)—Statement of leases granted for the period 1 October to 31 December 2017.

Planning and Development Act 2007—variation No 352 to the Territory Plan

Paper and statement by minister

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) (3.56): For the information of members, I present the following paper:


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