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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Friday, 23 April 2021) . . Page.. 1197 ..


(2) Has the Government looked into whether the Secure Local Jobs code had a positive or negative economic impact; if so, can the Minister provide any reports or economic analysis.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Secure Local Jobs Code was introduced to ensure contracts for Territory-funded work are only awarded to businesses that meet high ethical and labour standards. Procurements for Territory-funded work exclude a range of services or works considered less prone to vulnerable or insecure work arrangements.

The decision to exclude services and works were informed by consultation with key stakeholders during the development of the Code in 2018. The stakeholders included unions and the advisory group preceding the current Secure Local Jobs Code Advisory Council.

(2) The Government expects that all businesses who receive public funds will meet this community’s expectations about ethical behaviour towards workers. The Secure Local Jobs Code creates a transparent process that ensures employers who treat their workers fairly can compete for government work on a level playing field. The government receives ongoing information about the impact of the code through the Secure Local Jobs Advisory Council, which includes representatives of Canberra businesses.


Planning—Casey(Question No 143)

Ms Castley asked the Minister for Planning and Land Management, upon notice, on 1 April 2021:

In relation to the former Springbank Rise Real Estate office at 2 Minty Gove Casey and noting the fact that a development application (DA201528245) for a childcare centre was approved on 10 August 2017 and no work has begun, can the Minister advise (a) why nothing has been done, (b) when will work begin, (c) how long will it take, (d) why the site is such an eyesore, (e) who is responsible for maintaining the site and (f) what role does the Government have.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(a) The ACT Government issues approvals to build but does not interfere with the financial and business decision of a private developer. Private businesses are best placed to make decisions about their own operations and access to finance.

(b) Decisions about the timing of development are made by the developer taking into account their own operational and financial considerations.

(c) Decisions about the timing of development are made by the developer taking into account their own operational and financial considerations.

(d) The maintenance of the site is the responsibility of the private owner of the site and is a cost borne by the owner of the site and not ACT taxpayers.

(e) The maintenance of the site is the responsibility of the private owner of the site and is a cost borne by the owner of the site and not ACT taxpayers.


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