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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 25 November 2021) . . Page.. 3712 ..

MR BRADDOCK: Minister, how is the transitional release centre being used as part of the AMC’s response to COVID?

MR GENTLEMAN: We have been using every opportunity in different spaces across the AMC to ensure that detainees can remain safe. We have been using that opportunity as well as other accommodation opportunities within the AMC.

MRS KIKKERT: Minister, why is the rollout of CORIS delayed until April 2022?

MR GENTLEMAN: I am sorry; I missed the key part of the question.

MRS KIKKERT: Why has the rollout of the CORIS software that is currently being implemented at AMC been delayed until April 2022?

MR GENTLEMAN: Madam Speaker, I do not know how that relates to the COVID-19 situation.

MADAM SPEAKER: It is out of order.

Industrial relations—job security

MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety. Minister, how is the ACT government ensuring secure employment within the ACT public service?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Pettersson for the question and for his interest in employment matters and workplace rights across the ACT. This government knows that secure jobs are good jobs. That is why we are introducing our secure employment bill. The bill delivers on our commitments in the parliamentary and governing agreement to legislate to prevent the outsourcing or privatisation of public sector jobs and to implement a whole-of-government policy that government services will not be contracted out where they could be performed by our public servants.

The legislation will make it absolutely clear that all public sector entities must consider the benefits of insourcing and secure employment when making procurement decisions. ACT Labor made a commitment to working Canberrans at the last election that it would protect job security and working conditions. I am extremely proud that we will be delivering on this commitment. But the work does not stop there. Over the next few months we will be developing the framework that sits under this legislation, which will guide the decision-making process for hiring within our public service.

I want to sincerely thank officials at CMTEDD who have been working on this. They have been doing a great job. Together, we are achieving this great thing for the government and for Canberrans.

MR PETTERSSON: Minister, in what other ways is the ACT government protecting job security?

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