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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 1 August 2019) . . Page.. 2575 ..

One of the great things about Landcare and ParkCare is the opportunities it gives for people to be part of the community, to share knowledge, and to meet new people while giving something back. I think that this is probably what the volunteers appreciate about being involved in both Landcare and ParkCare.

Lastly, I want to note that uncertain funding for these organisations remains a problem. They could definitely benefit from guaranteed, clear funding. Funding that is not guaranteed may vary year to year. It makes it hard to retain good staff. Environmental restoration work is not a quick fix. It takes sustained effort. For that reason, we need a sustained funding commitment to Landcare and like programs so that we can ensure Landcare’s success for the next 30 years.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Public Sector Management Amendment Bill 2019

Mr Barr, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Social Inclusion and Equality, Minister for Tourism and Special Events and Minister for Trade, Industry and Investment) (10.35): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The ACT public service is known for its agility, responsiveness and innovation in delivering government priorities. If the government is to deliver on its objectives and to provide the best possible services to the community, it is vital that the legislation which establishes the public sector and the public service continues to be relevant, up to date, and consistent in its practices.

The amendments contained in the Public Sector Management Amendment Bill 2019 will strengthen the existing ACT public service employment framework and provide greater alignment with the existing employment framework to ensure that the legislation operates effectively.

As part of the recent bargaining process for new enterprise agreements, the government has agreed to provide contact details of new employees to relevant unions. It is important to note that the provision for allowing for the release of this information is already contained in the new enterprise agreements. A number of these have been voted up by the majority of ACT public servants and have been approved by the Fair Work Commission, while other enterprise agreements are in the process of being balloted or are pending approval by the commission. Whilst enterprise agreements prevail over any territory law to the extent of any inconsistency, it is the government’s view that this method is not preferred as a basis for the ongoing provision of information. As a result, a section has been included in the amendment bill to authorise the sharing of new starter information with the relevant unions.

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