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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 9 Hansard (29 August) . . Page.. 2755 ..

MRS CARNELL (continuing):

which may be undertaken by dental therapists. It also sets the parameters of supervision by a registered dentist, which is required for this occupational group. The age for children on whom dental therapists may perform these procedures is also specified as being under 17.

The transitional provisions will ensure continuation of registration for dentists and dental hygienists registered under the Dentists Registration Act 1931 and will be subject to the same terms and conditions as applied to the person's registration immediately before the commencement of the new provisions. The transitional arrangements also entitle persons who were granted provisional registration under the principal Act to interim registration under the new provisions. Where a person has failed to pay the annual fee that became payable by him or her under the principal Act, or whose registration was cancelled for failure to pay the fee, the transitional arrangements ensure that the fee remains payable or registration remains cancelled under the new provisions.

Mr Speaker, the transitional arrangements also provide for the continuation of inquiries and reviews or the investigation of complaints in relation to the dentist's or dental hygienist's previous conduct which were pending or under way immediately prior to the enactment of the present amendments. Decisions of the Dental Board in respect of registration, disciplinary and impairment matters will be subject to review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Finally, Mr Speaker, the Bill also provides for a number of amendments of a housekeeping nature, to remove sexist language and redundant provisions dealing with registration of interstate practitioners and personal attendance requirements, which will now be dealt with under the mutual recognition legislation framework. I commend the Bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Berry) adjourned.


MR DE DOMENICO (Minister for Urban Services): Mr Speaker, pursuant to standing order 127 and at the request of the Attorney-General, I fix a later hour this day for the presentation of this Bill.


Motion (by Mr De Domenico), by leave, agreed to:

That notices Nos 6 to 9, Executive business, be postponed until a later hour this day.

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