Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2294 ..
issues. It is anticipated that the outcomes of the report will lead to a greater cross-sector understanding of respite needs in the ACT.
Cooperation and consultation will be required across the Commonwealth and ACT government and community service providers. I will be working closely with my colleagues Mr Wood, as Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, and Ms Gallagher, as Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, to address the recommendations from the report. A cross-portfolio approach is required to address respite care needs, as the study includes all areas of respite care, including aged care, disability, mental health and family services. Government agencies will work collaboratively in looking at the recommendations in the report, and how the care system and service provision can be improved to meet respite care needs.
Recommendations around flexible and innovative care models, improving data collections, ensuring that respite services provide quality care and the development of feedback systems to allow the carers and care recipients to have input to service provision are supported in principle by the government as a means of addressing the needs of carers.
Through the outcomes that will be monitored in the current respite care pilots in 2002-03, as well as the respite care funding that will come on line in 2003-04, the government is committed to ensuring that respite care services are improved for carers, their families and care recipients.
I commend the report to the Assembly. I move:
That the Assembly takes note of the paper.
Debate (on motion by Mr Cornwell ) adjourned to the next sitting.
Construction occupations legislation
Papers and statement by minister
MR CORBELL(Minister for Health and Minister for Planning): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following papers:
Construction occupations legislation-Exposure drafts-
Construction Occupations (Licensing) Bill 2003 and explanatory statement.
Construction Occupations (Licensing) Regulations 2003 and explanatory statement.
Magistrates Court (Construction Occupations Infringement Notices) Regulations 2003 and explanatory statement.
I seek leave to make a statement.
MR CORBELL: I am pleased to table the exposure drafts of the Construction Occupations (Licensing) Bill and Regulations 2003. This package of legislative reforms represents a significant proposal to improve the regulation of the building industry trades. The process of reform has been under way since 1998 when Planning