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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4368 ..

MR STANHOPE (continuing):

Part 6 deals with transitional matters. The bill will impose a cost on the ACT security industry by permitting the regulations to impose training requirements. The training requirements will be based on new national training standards that have been developed by the Australian National Training Authority in consultation with the industry.

To minimise the costs of the legislation on the industry, existing members of the industry will be given at least a year to comply with the new training requirements. The bill also provides for recognition of prior learning and experience. However, new applicants wishing to enter the industry will be required to complete the new training course prior to the issue of a licence.

Mr Speaker, the department has consulted widely on this bill, including discussions with the regulators in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Consultation has also occurred with a representative group of employers in the industry, including the larger employers such as Chubb and a range of smaller employers. All licensed ACT security employers were invited to a public meeting to discuss the reforms and take part in the process.

My department has consulted with security industry associations, including the Master Locksmiths Association, the Institute of Security Executives and the Australian Security Industry Association Ltd. The Australian Security Industry Association Ltd recently wrote to me regarding this bill and I would like to conclude by reading part of that letter:

ASIAL congratulates your government upon its initiative to introduce the Security Industry Bill 2002 into the Territory. This Bill will further strengthen and push for uniformity and consistency of security legislation around the country, and is supported by the industry, subject to satisfactory Regulations, yet to be determined ... We have been pleased to be an integral part of the consultative process, and wish a speedy and smooth passage of the Bill through the Assembly. Furthermore, we anticipate working closely with you on the Regulations in support of the Bill.

Mr Speaker, my department will continue to consult with industry and other jurisdictions as the regulations are developed.

I commend this bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Stefaniak ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Legislation (Gay, Lesbian and Transgender) Amendment Bill 2002

Mr Stanhope , pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for Community Affairs and Minister for Women) (10.48): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

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