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During the development of this bill, consultation with the code administration committee, containing representatives of industry and consumers, expressed interest in considering a more comprehensive licensing model which would result in the licensing of all participants in the industry and would lead to requiring employers and employees to possess formal qualifications or undergo training.

This proposal would involve a significant policy shift from the existing regulatory scheme, and as such would need to be supported by a thorough and extensive analysis of the impact on the market, on employers and employees, as well as business costing to assess the value of such an approach. I would indicate to the Assembly that I remain open to such an approach and will be working further with the code administration committee on these matters.

But for now it is important to put in place reforms that further strengthen the existing code of practice. The bill I am introducing today is therefore an important move towards ensuring more effective and efficient regulation of the motor vehicle repair industry and will deliver significant improvements for both industry and consumers. Government has committed to considering the expansion of the regulatory scheme but will not rush into amendments of such a significant nature without a further and full examination of the issues involved. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne) adjourned to the next sitting.

Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2009 (No 4)

Mr Corbell, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.48): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2009 (No 4) is the 23rd bill in a series of legislation that concerns the Justice and Community Safety portfolio. This is the fourth portfolio bill I have introduced this year. The bill focuses on the final stages of the transition to the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the ACAT, and the transfer of trustee company regulation to the commonwealth.

The bill also includes an amendment to the Security Industry Act 2003 to ensure that people wanting to work in the security industry have access to information about workplace rights and responsibilities under ACT and commonwealth legislation. I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the size and scope of the ACAT legislative drafting program.

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