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§ the commencement of the Occupational Health and Safety (General) Regulation 2007.

The Government is also committed to be an exemplar employer in relation to OHS. The management of public sector OHS has also seen structural reform in recent times through the establishment of Shared Services in the Department of Treasury. This assists in streamlining OHS management in the public sector and delivers service improvements and efficiencies. As an employer the Government is driving OHS improvements through:

§ streamlined workplace safety and injury prevention (the Territory’s 2008/09 Comcare premium has reduced by 3% from the previous year’s result);

§ implementation of a range of projects under the ‘Safety First Program’, including:

an early intervention physiotherapy program to provide free physiotherapy for ACTPS employees who have sustained work related injuries, and

training for all ACTPS return to work co-ordinators in Certificate IV Government (Injury Management Rehabilitation).

(c) The ACT Government has committed in the 2008-09 ACT Budget to implement a portable Long Service Leave Scheme for the ACT Community Sector which is to commence in the 2009-10 financial year. In 2008-09, the ACT Government will consult the community sector about the scope of the scheme.

(d) The ACT Government committed to a 4% salary increases for each of the three years of the 2007-2010 collective agreements. Two of these increases have been paid with the third due on 2 April 2009. ACT Government collective agreements contain clauses to ensure that there is an appropriate work-life balance. The ACT Government maintains its commitment to minimising the use of contractors and employing permanent public servants wherever possible.

(e) This recommendation relates to the portfolio responsibilities of the Minister for Disability and Community Services.

The ACT Government is also working with peak community groups to establish a clearinghouse of sector development and viability projects operating across the ACT community sector.

(f) The ACT Government did not agree to the restitution of employer superannuation contributions of 15.4% for employees engaged since the closure of the PSSap scheme in 2006. This decision was made in the interest of managing the Territory’s long term superannuation liabilities.

(g) The Government continues to look for opportunities to promote entry-level recruitment to the ACTPS. In 2007-2008 ACT Government departments and agencies employed 36 apprentices and 226 trainees, as defined by Government Skills Australia. These positions are distributed across the ACTPS in a range of occupations. The 2008-09 Budget included additional entry-level recruitment of ICT trainees within Shared Services.

(h) This recommendation relates to the portfolio responsibilities of the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services.

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