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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 12 Hansard (30 October) . . Page.. 4453 ..


I present the following paper:

Zero Emission Vehicle Summit (UK) and Global Climate Action Summit (US)—Report—September 2018—Ministerial statement, 30 October 2018.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Review of work safety compliance

Ministerial statement

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Disability, Minister for Children, Youth and Families, Minister for Employment and Workplace Safety, Minister for Government Services and Procurement, Minister for Urban Renewal) (11.42): I am pleased to have this opportunity to table in the Assembly the independent review of the ACT's work safety compliance infrastructure, policies and procedures in the Assembly. As the Assembly may be aware, the independent review was commissioned in May 2018 to evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of the ACT government's work health and safety compliance and enforcement strategies to ensure that they are delivering for workers.

The review terms of reference provided that it consider: the approach to safety compliance and enforcement detailed in WorkSafe ACT's compliance framework; the appropriateness and effectiveness of WorkSafe ACT's governance structure including the roles, legislative responsibilities and functions of the Work Safety Commissioner, the regulator and relevant ministers; the appropriateness and effectiveness of WorkSafe ACT's organisational structure, including consideration of its independence and operational effectiveness in its current status as a business unit within Access Canberra; and the ACT's collection, use and analysis of data and the impact and effectiveness of information sharing within Access Canberra and across government to drive work safety compliance and enforcement activities.

The review was led by Dr Claire Noone of Nous Group. Dr Noone also chaired Victoria's independent review of Worksafe compliance and enforcement. This was the most comprehensive review of the ACT's work health and safety compliance and enforcement arrangements conducted since the territory's adoption of the national model work health and safety legislation in 2011.

The approach to the review as outlined in the report featured a research-based methodology and included extensive stakeholder consultation with business, government, employee representatives, and government officials. The final report of the review makes 27 recommendations ranging from changes to business operations and administrative improvements to recommendations in relation to the governance structure and compliance framework for WorkSafe ACT. In considering the


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