Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 31 March 2011) . . Page.. 1230 ..
effective implementation of measures proposed throughout this process. Relevant information on the model work health and safety laws is available on the Safe Work Australia website:
Public service—performance indicators(Question No 1402)
Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 15 February 2011:
(1) In relation to the Chief Minister’s Department Half Yearly Performance Report 2010-11, Output 1.3, Industrial Relations Policy, what was the nature of the advice that the Department gave to the Minister in relation to Accountability Indicator (f), Provide advice to Government regarding issues arising from the National Workplace Relations System.
(2) If any recommendations were made, what were they.
(3) What was the Minister’s response to those recommendations referred to in part (2).
(4) What follow-up action was taken, or will be taken, by the Department.
Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
The Office of Industrial Relations, Chief Minister’s Department advises Government on the recommendations, activities and decisions of the Workplace Relations Ministerial Council (WRMC) and matters arising from business of the High Level Officials Group (HLOG), Senior Officials’ Group – Referring States and the Territories Subcommittee (the SOG subcommittee) and the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Council – Referring States and the Territories Subcommittee, all subcommittees of the WRMC.
The Multilateral Inter-Governmental Agreement for a National Workplace Relations System for the Private Sector (the IGA) requires that consultation in relation to proposals and amendments to the Fair Work legislation progress through the SOG subcommittee and the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Council – Referring States and the Territories Subcommittee.
More generally, OIR provides advice to Government on all matters of business through HLOG dealing with workplace relations that require the ratification of all participating jurisdictions.
Since the commencement of the IGA there have been two minor matters referred through the SOG Subcommittee that dealt with the correction of technical amendments to the Fair Work Regulations. Under the terms of the IGA all such matters must be referred to the participating States and Territories for ratification. In both cases the OIR provided advice to Government in accordance with the IGA. In both cases the ACT Government supported the changes.