Page 2276 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 3 August 2022

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Broader workforce planning is also a priority for the government and that is why we have invested in a system-wide health workforce strategy and plan through the 2022-23 budget. The investment will improve planning for our health system and improve performance including resources to support system wide workforce planning and strategy development. Workforce planning has of course continued across our system, and our work will focus on recruiting and retaining staff now, and to grow our own right here in the ACT into the future. I really value the partnerships we have with our universities, particularly Australian National University, University of Canberra and Australian Catholic University, here in the ACT.

This plan will be a plan to address workforce priorities of culture, wellbeing, and safety as well, now and into the future. It will look at the whole system, as well as individual workforce groups that are distinct in nature, while also being deeply interconnected as multidisciplinary teams. It will be evidence based, informed by the workforce, by consumers, by the community and by carers. It will target recruitment and retention, alongside health and wellbeing.

This is along with our budget investment to continue addressing workforce safety and culture that I talked about earlier, and our efforts to continue supporting the wellbeing of our workforce. We have indicated to the workforce that there will be ongoing and developing, through codesign with the workforce and unions, a multi-year, multimillion dollar initiative to support workforce wellbeing and recovery. This will be adapted for individual areas and it will be practical and it will be guided by them.

Mr Barr: Madam Speaker, further questions can be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Canberra Institute of Technology—board

MS LEE: Earlier in question time, in answer to a question that I asked the Minister for Skills, Mr Steel, he mentioned that the new deputy chair is a new member of the board. I ask him to clarify this, given what I have here from page 18 of the CIT Annual Report of 2018—and this is just one example—which specifically states that there are 11 members of the board and says, and I quote: “CIT board members as at 31 December 2018 were,” and does include, the current deputy chair. I ask that the minister clarify whether he has misled the Assembly or whether the report is inaccurate.

MR STEEL: On the matter that Ms Lee has raised, Natalie Howson was formally an official with a range of responsibilities in the ACT government, and I think in that capacity was involved in the board at a previous time. She has come back onto the board as a new deputy chair.

MS LEE: Madam Speaker, I ask that the minister then withdraw, because he did specifically say that the deputy chair was a new member, and he has now just clarified that he got that wrong.

MR STEEL: I said that she was the new deputy chair.

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