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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 31 March 2021) . . Page.. 679 ..

we are doing behind the scenes will ensure that it is quick, easy and simple for people to meet this new requirement for annual registration of their dogs.

The 2019 pet census found that there are more than 51,000 dogs living in our community. To ensure positive public safety outcomes, it is vital that we have a clear picture of where these dogs are located. Through annual dog registration we will have access to more reliable data, making it easier to identify and respond to instances of irresponsible dog ownership. Using this information, we will also be able to adapt and utilise ongoing education and awareness campaigns more effectively.

I am confident that the provisions in this bill will strengthen how dogs are managed in the ACT, whilst ensuring that dog owners do not face unreasonable cost or bureaucratic burden. Through annual registration and our new digital dog database, we will improve our data and better target our resources. We will be able to better educate the community on responsible dog ownership, re-home lost dogs more quickly and keep the community and pets safe. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Ms Lawder) adjourned to the next sitting.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 1

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (10.59): I present the following report:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 1—Annual and Financial Reports 2019-2020; Appropriation Bill 2020-2021 and Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2020-2021, dated 29 March 2021, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

As Chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, I present the following report on inquiry into annual and financial reports 2019-20; Appropriation Bill 2020-2021; and Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2020-2021. This is the first report of the Tenth Assembly for the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. Annual and financial reports were referred to standing committees on 2 December 2021. The following annual reports or sections of annual reports were referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, the ACT Auditor-General, Office of the Legislative Assembly, and ACT Ombudsman.

On 2 December 2021 the Assembly also passed a resolution in relation to the examination of the appropriation bills by each standing committee of the Tenth Assembly. The Standing Committee on Public Accounts examined the budget outlook papers, engaging external expertise to facilitate the analysis of the budget. The committee also held two public hearings and heard from several witnesses from the relevant directorates and agencies, and 21 questions were taken on notice, with answers available on the committee’s webpage. Moreover, 13 questions on notice

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