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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 9 December 2010) . . Page.. 6118 ..

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

On 26 August 2010 the chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts tabled the committee’s report on the Review of Auditor-General’s Report No 3 of 2008: Records management in ACT government agencies. The report makes three recommendations. These recommendations request that I report to the Assembly on three occasions over the next two years on the status of records management in ACT government agencies.

The first of the committee’s recommendations requests that I table a report by the last sitting day in December 2010 on the progress. The recommendation calls for a summary of action to date and proposed action including a timetable on the implementation of the recommendations in the report. Recommendations 2 and 3 relate to the findings of the statutory review of the operation of the Territory Records Act.

Recommendation 2 asks that I, as the responsible minister, report in June 2011 on progress towards implementing the findings of the review and recommendation 3 calls for a report in February 2012 on the effectiveness of the changes.

Today, consistent with recommendation 1, I am tabling the first report prepared by the Director of Territory Records following consultation with that agency. It states that the government recognises the progress that agencies are making towards better practice in records management and the effort that is being applied to this aspect of daily work.

The public accounts committee stressed its view that good record keeping is a fundamental core function of all public sector agencies. The government is confident that all agencies are taking their record-keeping responsibilities seriously and are taking the demands of working to improve management of territory record-keeping practices while addressing emerging demands for efficiency and effectiveness of business practices.

Consistent with the recommendations of the public accounts committee, I commend the first progress report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Active transport

Resolution of the Assembly—government response

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (3.35): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Active transport—Government response.

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