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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 4 Hansard (10 April) . .

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some opportunities for ongoing improvement. The survey is one tool that assists the directorate in understanding the broad culture of our organisation and makes an assessment of the level of staff engagement.

We have noticed that JACS is committed to improving its workplace culture. That is clear. The results are reflected in the differences in culture across the diverse nature of JACS's broad functions. There is more work to do, but it is positive to note that the justice portfolio has improved in its engagement rating to reach a culture of ambition. The directorate's results reflect that, when compared to other large public sector organisations, JACS on average is good but not yet good enough. We will continue with the great work that JACS is doing.

MR HANSON: Attorney-General, will you provide to the Assembly a full copy of the survey and, if not, why not?

MR RAMSAY: The survey is, as has been noted in relation to other surveys, confidential, so that the staff can feel confident in what it is that they are saying and what it is that they are contributing. We value that and we will continue to do that.

MR COE: Attorney-General, what are you doing to demonstrate leadership so as to avoid the department remaining a toxic workplace, with workplace bias, a culture of blame and a lack of common purpose?

MR RAMSAY: I thank the member for his question. JACS is continuing to engage in ongoing developments and improvements in its work. As I say, it is recognised that it has achieved an average level at this stage, and there is ongoing improvement. I continue to work with the head of the Justice and Community Safety Directorate, the executive staff and staff throughout as we continue to build and develop a strong culture. I want to place on record my admiration and support for the leadership and all of the members of the JACS team as they contribute such important and valuable work to this community.

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, before I call Ms Lee, as we will be living as neighbours next to a construction site, we will provide advice on that. I noticed that at the beginning of question time we had a noisy jackhammer again. That has been halted now until 3.30. I will endeavour to keep the hour of question time as quiet as possible, but I look to members and know that that is not going to happen very readily. Just bear with us over time, and I would appreciate any feedback that you may have.

Education—NAPLAN survey

MS LEE: My question is to the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development. Minister, were you made aware of, or consulted about, the Australian Education Union ACT Branch survey on NAPLAN among government school teachers either before or while it was being undertaken?

MS BERRY: Yes, I am aware that the Australian Education Union engages with its members in a variety of ways, and I was aware of this particular survey.


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