Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 15 December 2016) . . Page.. 278 ..
UnionsACT to report annually on the funded activities undertaken, and the first annual report is due to the government by 31 August 2017.
Mr Coe also asked what value for money is being received from the $121,000 a year indexed that has been committed under the deed of grant. As I noted yesterday, the 2014 review, in line with the previous review, found that the activities and performance of the WHS liaison officer are meeting the objectives and outcomes expected by the ACT government. The review provides significant detail on the support provided to smaller unions and public and private sector employers, which clearly demonstrates that the ACT government is receiving value for money. The review identified some areas for improvement in terms of the focus of the WHS liaison officer’s work, and these have been addressed in the current deed of grant.
Mr Coe specifically asked about the publication of research undertaken by the WHS liaison officer, and I took that question on notice. I am advised that the research contemplated in the deed of grant is the kind of research undertaken in support of UnionsACT’s work health and safety awareness-raising activities, such as participation in advisory bodies, the development of course materials, and the provision of advice to unions and employers, not necessarily as a product in its own right.
Finally, Mr Hanson and Mr Coe also asked when the next review will take place. As they are no doubt aware, the 2014 review recommended that the next review take place before June 2018. At this time, I have no reason to believe that this time frame will not be met.
For the further information of members, Madam Speaker, I table copies of the 2014 review and the deed of grant in the versions as previously released to Mr Coe under FOI:
Review of WHS Liaison Officer Funding.
Deed of Grant between the Australian Capital Territory and the Trades and Labour Council of ACT Incorporated (Trading as Unions ACT), dated 12 May 2016.
MS FITZHARRIS: In response to questions asked by Mr Doszpot in question time yesterday about the status of the installation of behavioural signs on the shared paths around Lake Tuggeranong and Emu Inlet as recommended by the estimates committee last year, I advise the Assembly that behavioural signage around Lake Tuggeranong was installed in October this year. Behavioural signage is installed on shared paths around the ACT to encourage positive behaviour. These signs are advisory and are used as guidance for the community. Behavioural signage on Lake Ginninderra was initially installed in 2009 and has subsequently been extended to include Emu Inlet.