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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 7 Hansard (15 August) . . Page.. 2153..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

I ask for leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I have tabled revised administrative arrangements that were notified on 19 June and gazetted the following day for commencement from 1 July 2006. The new arrangements were prepared for the purpose of implementing the government's structural reform agenda that followed on from the changed ministerial arrangements that I announced in April 2006. They therefore reflect the government's consideration of the strategic and functional review of the ACT public service sector and services and administrative changes in the budget.

Some miscellaneous changes to functions and legislation that occurred after the ministerial reshuffle in April 2006 have also been included and legislation updated by adding the Legal Profession Act 2006 and deleting 17 repealed acts. Three key changes made to administrative units are the retitling of the Department of Urban Services as the Department of the Territory and Municipal Services, the disestablishment of the Department of Economic Development, and absorption of the Emergency Services Authority into the Department of Justice and Community Safety.

Mr Speaker, the new arrangements are another step in the government's ongoing efforts to deliver better efficiencies and future sustainability while looking to create clearer lines of responsibility and accountability between departments and ministers.

Annual reports directions

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra-Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act, pursuant to subsection 9 (5)-Chief Minister's Annual Report Directions-2005-2006.

I ask for leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, this instrument has been issued in accordance with the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act 2004 and provides the framework for the preparation of 2005-06 annual reports. The instrument includes the annual report directions for this reporting year. Under the act, this instrument must be tabled, although it is not disallowable. The instrument is notifiable under the Legislation Act.

The annual report directions were provided to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for consultation. The chair advised on 28 June 2006 that the committee had considered the draft directions. The committee provided comments which have been considered in finalising the directions. I will write separately to the committee to provide further details.


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