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Financial Management Amendment Bill 2021 (No 2)

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

Title read by Clerk.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.30): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Financial Management Amendment Bill 2021 (No 2), which is the secure employment bill. This bill is part of the government’s commitment to secure employment and provides a legislative basis for an insourcing framework. The ACT government is committed to providing secure and, where possible, ongoing employment. We recognise the adverse social and financial effects of insecure work on working people and their families.

At the start of this term we committed to maintaining the size of the public service, keeping essential services in government hands, and ensuring that public money is used to promote safe and fair employment. Our commitment to promoting secure employment extends across the community. We introduced and are currently strengthening the secure local jobs code. It is a matter of principle that any business seeking public contracts should meet the highest ethical and employment standards. The secure local jobs code ensures that the purchasing power for government promotes fair, safe and secure employment in the private sector.

In the public sector, our commitment to secure employment and high-quality services for Canberrans is equally strong. This government is working to meet this commitment through two distinct pieces of work which together make the secure employment package.

The first piece of work is the continuation of the secure workforce conversion process—a joint union and government process to examine the use of insecure work in the ACT public service with an updated process to incorporate the new requirements of the commonwealth Fair Work Act, where casual employees can request conversion to permanent employment in certain circumstances.

The second piece of work is the focus of this bill—the implementation of an insourcing framework which will evaluate the insourcing and outsourcing of government work. Through this bill, the insourcing framework will have a legislative basis. The bill provides for the detail of the insourcing framework to be established through a supporting instrument. The bill outlines that the insourcing framework will evaluate whether services or works required by the public sector entity should be provided by the public sector or by an external provider.

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