Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 2 April 2009) . . Page.. 1746 ..
During the development of the standards and regulations required for the employment of children and young people in the ACT, it was identified that the definition of employment in the act was unnecessarily restrictive, and without amendment would not enable the variety of proposed employment opportunities to be undertaken by children and young people. The definition of employment in the act refers to performance of work under a contract “for” service. The use of the word “for” means that employment is restricted to those circumstances where there exists a contract between two principals where neither is the employer or employee of the other. The person is providing services as an independent contractor.
The amendment proposes to include this definition and add that employment will also mean performance of work under a contract “of” service. This minor amendment enables the employment of children and young people in an employer-employee relationship, circumstances most often engaged in by children and young people in employment.
The provisions of the Children and Young People Act 1999 continue to apply until July 2009. At that time, the development of standards and regulations will be finalised that will ensure children and young people are able to undertake work in a way that ensures their safety and wellbeing. To inform these standards and regulations, the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services is undertaking a community consultation process which will enable consideration of broad community views.
Mr Speaker, I table the Children and Young People Amendment Bill for the consideration of the Assembly.
Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne) adjourned to the next sitting.
Estimates 2009-10—Select Committee
MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (10.12): I move:
(1) a Select Committee on Estimates 2009-10 be appointed to examine the expenditure proposals contained in Appropriation Bill 2009-2010 and any revenue estimates proposed by the Government in the 2009-2010 Budget;
(2) the Committee be composed of:
(a) one Member to be nominated by the Government;
(b) two Members to be nominated by the Opposition; and
(c) two Members to be nominated by the Greens;
to be notified in writing to the Speaker by 4 pm today;