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through a significant skills shortage, coming off the back of some of the most challenging months and years for the sector in living memory. If the response at the AHA awards night is anything to go by, where we announced this, we are very pleased at how well it has been received.

MR PETTERSSON: Minister, how does this reform tie into the work of the Better Regulation Taskforce?

MS CHEYNE: I thank Mr Pettersson for the supplementary. This is a regulatory change that is part of the ongoing work by the Better Regulation Taskforce to put in place the best regulatory settings for business recovery and growth here in the ACT. The task force has been working with the business community to break down barriers to doing business in the ACT. Reviewing and amending the RSA certification regulatory process was identified as just one way to support businesses, particularly those in the hospitality industry.

Cross-border regulation is something that the business community has highlighted as an issue when it comes to getting workers in the ACT. By reducing and removing unintended barriers to occupational mobility, we hope to support local business as they look to recruit and retain qualified staff. The reciprocal recognition of licences to support occupational mobility from interstate is identified in the better regulation report.

Automatic mutual recognition has been an enormous undertaking for the task force over the past almost two years. The better regulation report provides the agenda for ways that government can support businesses in the ACT. It is about finding the right balance between regulatory settings and good outcomes for business, consumers and the community. Reviewing the interstate reciprocal recognition of licences is just one of many steps that we are taking to streamline processes and approvals to make it easier to start up, run and grow a business in the ACT. I am very pleased, as I flagged, that this change has already been received positively by the hospitality sector.

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


Madam Speaker presented the following papers:

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act, pursuant to section 15—Annual Reports—2021-2022—

ACT Electoral Commission, dated 4 October 2022.

ACT Integrity Commission, dated September 2022.

ACT Ombudsman, dated 7 October 2022.

Inspector of the ACT Integrity Commission, dated 7 October 2022.

Office of the Legislative Assembly, dated October 2022.

Bills referred to Committees, pursuant to resolution of the Assembly of 2 December 2020, as amended—Bills—Not inquired into—Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Young People Commissioner Bill 2022—

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