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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 4 Hansard (4 April) . . Page.. 1339 ..


Canberrans benefit from the sporting, social and charitable benefits that our clubs deliver. I commend the bill to the Assembly. I present the following papers:

Gaming Machine Amendment Regulation 2019—Exposure draft—

Exposure draft.

Explanatory statement.

Debate (on motion by Mr Parton) adjourned to the next sitting.

Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Amendment Bill 2019

Mr Steel, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee—Minister for City Services, Minister for Community Services and Facilities, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Roads) (10.51): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I rise to present to the Assembly the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Amendment Bill 2019. This bill is another step in our government's work to make sure our community is safer for children and vulnerable adults. I am incredibly proud that since 2012 the ACT has had one of Australia's most comprehensive, broad spectrum background checking systems for working with vulnerable people in Australia, both children and adults.

The background checking under the scheme together with organisations undertaking their own due diligence processes on potential employees and volunteers work together as measures to protect children and vulnerable people in our community.

We are always looking to ensure that people living in the ACT are safe as they access opportunities, supports and services in our community. In the seven years since the act came into force our government has also undertaken a review of the legislation to ensure the system remains robust and efficient. Our government has also been a party to significant national policy reform through the introduction of the national disability insurance scheme and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Amendment Bill 2019 will make amendments to the act consistent with the national agreement on NDIS worker background screening and begins to implement some of the changes we have identified from our legislative review of the act which will improve the efficiency of the background checking scheme.


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