Page 3223 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 18 August 2009

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National Partnership Agreement on Youth Attainment and Transitions, dated 2 July 2009.

National Partnership Agreement to Establish a National Road Safety Council, dated 30 April and 14 May 2009.

National Strategy on Energy Efficiency 2009-2020—Memorandum of Understanding, dated 30 April and 14 May 2009.

Ministerial level intergovernmental agreement negotiations—Schedule as at August 2009.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: In light of the ACT government’s commitment to implement non-legislative transparency measures, I am tabling a number of intergovernmental agreements today, which I just outlined. These agreements include jurisdictional objectives, which aim at increasing accountability to the community and reducing administration and compliance overheads.

Some objectives include greater flexibility for resources to be allocated to areas where they will produce the best outcomes for the community, collaborative working arrangements across jurisdictions and reporting frameworks, facilitating a long-term policy focus, providing incentives for wide-ranging reforms in areas of joint responsibility and assessing the level of incentives for reforms, including the economic benefits of the reform.

The signed agreements clearly indicate the ACT government’s commitment for the COAG reform agenda. The ACT continues to improve its nationally consistent approach to planning for better integration and delivery of services to the community. To further continue the ACT government’s promotion of transparency and good government, I am also tabling a list of intergovernmental agreement negotiations. In doing so, I reiterate the government’s firm commitment to establish a less rigid and more comprehensive flow of information to the Assembly concerning the full range of intergovernmental agreements and negotiations.

Finally, my department will maintain and has maintained a publicly available register of new intergovernment agreements to which the ACT is party. This register, including the full text of agreements, will be available on the department’s website.

Financial Management Act—instruments

Papers and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Treasurer, Minister for Health, Minister for Community Services and Minister for Women): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Financial Management Act—

Pursuant to section 16B—Instrument authorising the rollover of undisbursed appropriation of the Department of Education and Training, including a statement of reasons, dated 29 June 2009.

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