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11. A number of claims were made in respect to the Health Professional Classification structure and individual professions in the course of negotiations for the 2018-2021 Agreement, including in respect to psychologists. While some new classifications were introduced as a result of incorporating existing Attraction and Retention Incentives into existing pay scales, it was agreed by all bargaining parties that any further change, including in respect to the psychologist’s structure, would be best considered in the context of an overall joint review of the Health Professional Classification.

That report of the Joint Working Party that undertook the Health Professional Classification Review was finalised in July 2021, and has since been endorsed by the CEO of Canberra Health Services. Its recommendations will be considered in the current round of bargaining.

12. The Territory took the view in bargaining that potential changes to the health professional classification structure should be considered in total, rather than profession by profession.

Yerrabi Pond—water quality
(Question No 703)

Ms Castley asked the Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction, upon notice, on 8 April 2022:

(1) On what dates has the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) tested the water quality in Yerrabi Pond since 2016 and can the Minister provide a copy of all test results and analysis since 2016.

(2) Does EPSDD conduct regular scheduled testing of Yerrabi Pond; if so, when; if not, why do EPSDD test Yerrabi pond infrequently.

(3) Does EPSDD conduct regular testing of catchments in the ACT.

(4) Has EPSDD ever determined that the water quality in Yerrabi Pond is having a negative impact on the environment; if so, (a) what date was EPSDD made aware of the poor water quality, (b) what policy/solution did EPSDD propose to improve water quality, (c) how much did the policy/solution cost and (d) when was the policy/solution implemented.

(5) Has the biosecurity response team ever requested that the lakes manager remove weeds from Yerrabi Pond; if so, on what date.

Mr Rattenbury: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The results of monitoring from 2015 to July 2021 accompany this response (Attachment A). Data from monitoring since then will take time to collate but can be provided if requested.

(2) The testing regime for Yerrabi Pond was outlined in response to question 4 of QON 668. The testing regime is above the level required for a waterway classified as secondary contact only.

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