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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 20 April 2021) . . Page.. 911 ..


Commissioner, also known as WorkSafe ACT, was established on 1 July 2020. In its first year operating as an independent regulator, WorkSafe ACT has driven improvements in the work safety culture in the ACT through its compliance and enforcement activities and engagement with industry, workers and employees.

WorkSafe has established a dedicated team of inspectors to identify hazards associated with psychological risk in workplaces across the territory. WorkSafe ACT has responsibility for the implementation and administration of the ACT government’s new labour hire licensing scheme, which comes into effect from 27 May 2021. The licensing scheme is intended to protect vulnerable workers by ensuring that businesses that provide labour hire services are compliant with the relevant industrial relations legislation.

Operation Safe Prospect is a key element of WorkSafe ACT’s residential construction strategy. The operation is a three-year campaign focused on improving safety in the residential construction industry. Since the campaign began, in August 2020, 302 improvement notices, 92 prohibition notices and 24 infringement notices have been issued in the ACT. As at the end of March 2021, WorkSafe ACT’s financial performance was on track against the 2020-21 budget.

The government is committed to providing safe workplaces and secure jobs and will always stand up for working people. Through the budget, we are delivering for working Canberrans.

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Early Childhood Development, Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women) (6.24): I am happy today to speak in the budget debate on sport and recreation.

As Canberra grows, this budget and the government will support a number of initiatives to ensure that Canberrans stay healthy and active and engaged in the sports that they love. The 2020-21 budget included $500,000 for the detailed design, planning and costing for the tennis facility, which is expected to take 12 months to complete. The centre will include up to 12 full-sized tennis courts, with amenities including LED floodlighting, up to two hot shots courts, a pavilion, a hitting wall, and parking. The centre will allow Tennis ACT to deliver more programs to increase participation in the sport.

The 2020-21 budget also commits $400,000 for detailed planning and design work for a new home for dragon boats at ACT Grevillea Park on Lake Burley Griffin. Dragon boating is one of the largest water-based sports in Canberra, with more than 600 members across seven teams and three school teams.

The budget also commits more than $500,000 in funding to begin designing improvements for the Phillip district enclosed oval, including a new pavilion, upgraded grandstands and lights, and additional parking. The project will benefit the sports that regularly use this facility, including rugby union, rugby league and cricket.


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