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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 25 November 2021) . . Page.. 3704 ..


Importantly, I ask that members of the ACT government and all MLAs engage in the conversation over the next 16 days, wear orange to show your support for the elimination of violence against women and share all those important messages across your own social media channels.

MS ORR: Minister, why are the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence so important?

MS BERRY: Creating change includes unpacking ideas that have forever been normalised around gendered violence. It is a challenge, that is for sure, that has been happening for decades before we were here. But what I hear in women’s stories that I listen to when talking to my community, it is not impossible. In fact, it is unavoidable. Change is already happening and we are seeing that across our workplaces, across the country and across the world. We need to continue the momentum.

I know everybody is tired after the last couple of years responding to an international health pandemic, but we cannot take our eye off a gendered violence pandemic that has been facing women and girls for years in this country. We need to make sure we take every step we can as a community to eliminate violence against women.

ACT public service—data security

MR MILLIGAN: My question is to the Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety. This data breach, according to the Canberra Times, shows people’s birth year, where they work, what their job is, what their injury is and how much compensation they received. Many of the affected workers will have incurred psychological injuries whilst at work in the ACT government. Will you apologise for the additional distress this data breach has no doubt caused them?

MR STEEL: I will take the question, Madam Speaker. I really want to clarify, because that is not quite right what Mr Milligan said in the prelude to his question, what was listed in the spreadsheet included information on the Comcare ID, gender, the directorate which the individual was employed by, not their job or role, the duration of the claim and dollar value associated with it, the mechanism and location of the injuries. That what was provided.

The tender with its associated information was approved for release by the head of the ACT Treasury then, on advice from the workers’ compensation procurement officials and the Government Procurement Board. They made a determination then that the redacted information could be provided on to Tenders ACT. Now we are undertaking a review to see whether that was appropriate in the circumstances and in accordance with privacy legislation, including the Health Records Act and other pieces of legislation. We will let that review run its course to understand the matter and any recommendations that come out of it.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, how will the ACT government be contacting each of these workers, some going back to 1989, as is required under the CMTEDD information privacy policy requirements relating to privacy data breaches?


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