Page 2955 - Week 09 - Wednesday, 12 October 2022

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MS ORR: Minister, what is the government doing to protect the jobs and improve the working conditions of ACT public servants?

MR GENTLEMAN: The government has recognised that the casualisation and insecurity in our public service are detrimental to both workers and policy outcomes. We committed to providing secure and, where possible, ongoing employment, as we recognise the adverse social and financial effects that insecure work has on workers.

There are two major pieces of work that make up our secure employment package—the secure workforce conversion process and the insourcing framework. The secure workforce process is a joint union and government process to examine the use of insecure work in the ACT public service and review temporary and casual employment to assess whether the jobs should be made permanent. Where employees are identified for conversion, the enterprise agreement provisions allow for the Head of Service to appoint existing employees without further merit processes, provided that certain criteria are met. So far, over 650 employees have been successfully converted to secure and permanent employment.

The other piece of work is the insourcing framework, which is designed to assess whether outsourced work that could be performed by public servants should be insourced. This will help to ensure that, where possible, privatisation and outsourcing are not the default option.

The government’s commitment to insourcing demonstrates the commitment we have to protect the jobs and the role of our public servants.

Mr Barr: Further questions can be placed on the notice paper.


Madam Speaker presented the following paper:

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act, pursuant to section 15—Annual Report 2021-2022—ACT Audit Office—Report No 6/2022, dated 12 October 2022.

Mr Gentleman presented the following paper:

Plastic Reduction Act—Plastic Reduction (Single-use Plastic Products) Exemption 2022—Disallowable Instrument DI2022-67 (LR, 2 June 2022)—Revised explanatory statement.

Multicultural communities—swimming lessons

MR BRADDOCK (Yerrabi) (3.10): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) learning to swim is a vital life skill. Not being able to swim diminishes enjoyment of life and puts lives at risk;

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