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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 12 May 2021) . . Page.. 1368 ..


care for people as they present to the emergency department and will take people as they present. That is their model of care.

MR BRADDOCK: Minister, what work is the government doing to build the profile of walk-in centres among other hospital departments, but especially in the emergency department?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mr Braddock for the supplementary. I think our staff right across our health services are very well aware of the fact that we have walk-in centres and the things that they can do. One of the jobs we continue to do is increase the understanding of the broader community about what can be treated in a walk-in centre and the fantastic work that our advanced practice nurses and nurse practitioners do in our walk-in centres every day as well as, of course, our allied health staff. We are also looking to increase the capacity of our walk-in centres. We have made election commitments in terms of additional nurse practitioners and expanding the scope of practice with our walk-in centres at the moment.

Our walk-in centres also regularly undertake a review of presentations to determine whether new protocols are required. In addition, they’re currently undertaking a small retrospective review of clients who they have referred to the emergency departments. That will confirm whether referrals were appropriate and ascertain new opportunities for the expansion of care in walk-in centres.

I encourage Mr Braddock, Mr Davis and all members here, again, to let their community know about the advantages of going to a walk-in centre where you can get absolutely outstanding care from our fabulous nurses and nurse practitioners for a wide range of minor injuries and illnesses.

Building—proposed developer licensing scheme

MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction. Minister, last term the ACT government announced it would agree to and implement an Australian-first property developer licensing scheme to ensure new multi-unit buildings are built to a high standard, enforce sanctions against dodgy developers and give buyers confidence in one of the most important purchases of their lives. Can you please give an update on where that work is up to?

MS VASSAROTTI: Thank you, Mr Pettersson, for the question. Absolutely the ACT government is committed to developing and introducing a licence scheme for property developers. It was a commitment that was made in the lead-up to the election and it is part of the parliamentary agreement. It really builds on the very important work that has been happening around building and quality over the last term.

We have commenced work in terms of developing this licensing scheme, and what we have been doing to date is scoping this piece of work. We already have some work that is looking at things such as our security of payment system. We need to look at how any licensing scheme fits within that new work, that new payment system that has been introduced as part of the initial element.


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