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The bill removes any obligation under section 47(6) of the Legislation Act 2001 to notify any such instrument on the territory's legislation register. In this instance it is considered appropriate to displace section 47(6) in anticipation that a future government may find it necessary to incorporate a document that is subject to another organisation's copyright as part of the territory's water resources plan, noting that there are no current plans to take this option. If a future government chooses to use the power to displace section 47(6) by incorporating a copyright document as part of the territory's water resource plan then it would be appropriate at that stage to indicate whether access to that document will be made publicly available. At this stage, with no current plans to incorporate documents drafted outside the ACT government water resource plan, it is not necessary to determine public access arrangements.

In summary, these amendments are crucial means to account for the ACT's management of water, especially in the context of the basin plan. I thank members for their thoughtful contributions and commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Senior Practitioner Amendment Bill 2019

Debate resumed from 15 May 2019, on motion by Ms Stephen-Smith:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (11.07): The bill before the Assembly is, in effect, a tidy-up of the Senior Practitioner Act and the rules regarding the use of restrictive practices. These changes follow, I understand, quite extensive consultation and discussion with stakeholders and providers in the process of rolling out the senior practitioner framework as well as a few minor amendments to keep up with changes in the federal sphere and in the states.

The bill achieves four major goals. The first changes are the definitional amendments, including chemical restraint which will be altered to align with the national disability insurance scheme quality and safeguards framework. This will ensure the bill aligns with legislation in other jurisdictions. There are other minor technical changes that are not crucial to the debate.

Secondly, the act currently includes a number of organisations and entities with whom the senior practitioner may share information. The list includes the directors-general of the education, health and community services directorates and the CEO of the Teacher Quality Institute. The bill adds the federal NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission as an entity to which the senior practitioner may provide information.


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