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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 8 Hansard (19 August) . . Page.. 2821 ..

Public Sector Management Act-Administrative Arrangements 2003 (No 2)- Notifiable instrument NI2003-233, dated 28 June 2003.

I ask for leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: These administrative arrangements orders were notified and gazetted on 30 June 2003 and came into effect the following day. The arrangements have been re-made to reflect new and changed legislative and administrative responsibilities that flowed from the establishment of the Planning and Land Authority and the Land Development Agency on 1 July 2003, and for the retitling of the Health Department as ACT Health.

The new Planning and Land Authority and Land Development Agency were created in response to the government's commitment regarding planning and land management reforms. As a result, a major step has been taken in making the planning and development process more responsive to the needs of our community. It will also ensure that Canberra has sustainable future development and that it remains an efficient, healthy and prosperous city with good economic vitality, community wellbeing and environmental quality.

Retitling of the Health Department was made to better recognise the broader health services responsibilities now coming under ACT Health. As well as the different departmental and administrative units, the new corporate identity also includes integration of Community Care and the Canberra Hospital. This followed passage of the Health and Community Care Services (Repeal and Consequential Amendment) Act 2002 at the end of last year when ACT Health moved away from the purchaser-provider model to be more strategic in the management and delivery of health services in the ACT.

Other changes have updated references to legislation in the arrangements. Eight new laws have been added and one retitled to the Australian Capital Tourism Corporation Act 1997 in keeping with the changed name of the Tourism Corporation. Five laws have also been repealed, namely, the Kingston Foreshore Development Authority Act, the Gungahlin Development Authority Act, the Government Contractual Debts (Interest) Act, the Public Access to Government Contracts Act and the Plant Diseases Act 1934.

Annual and financial reports

Standing committee reports-government responses

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Environment and Minister for Community Affairs): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Public Accounts - Standing Committee-Report No 3-Report on Annual & Financial Reports 2001-2002-Government Response, dated July 2003.

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