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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 12 Hansard (16 November) . . Page.. 3541 ..

MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

The Training Act amendment brings the method of determining the value of the work, the basis for calculating the Training Levy, into line with that of the Building Act.

These amendments in no way change the general thrust of either Act, but simply greatly improve the administration of the Training Act. I commend the amendments to the Training Act to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Berry ) adjourned.


MR STEFANIAK (Minister for Education) (11.06): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to present the Building Amendment Bill (No 2) 1999.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, I present the Building Amendment Bill (No 2) 1999, together with its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.


That this Bill be agreed in principle.

I seek leave to have my speech incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows:

Mr Speaker, as I said when presenting amendments to the training Act, the Training and the Building Acts both need to be amended to introduce a unified system, in order to ensure the requirements of the Building and Construction Industry Levy Act itself can be satisfied.

It is important to ensure the Training Levy and the Building Levy can be collected in a workable and efficient way through existing collection procedures in the Department of Urban Services in order.

Amendments to both the Training and the Building Acts, together, will produce a considerable reduction in cost and disruption to customers, and a significant increase in effectiveness and efficiency. Efficiencies that, will in turn, lead to a significant reduction in administration costs - releasing more funds for training.

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