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Territory will be responsible for deciding which entity will be responsible for that function in their jurisdiction, in accordance with the national criteria agreed to by the AHMC.

It is also consistent with the health minister’s announcement of 12 June 2009 stating that if a jurisdiction chooses to handle complaints under state or territory law, that arrangement will be set out in that jurisdiction’s bill C. To accommodate this, a number of modifications have been made as to how bill B will operate in the ACT, and these have been included in the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (ACT) Bill 2009. These changes will help to ensure that the ACT’s bill C provides a robust and fair complaints-handling process for the protection of the ACT public.

The ACT’s adoption of bill B represents an important step forward towards improving Australia’s health system through fully implementing the national registration and accreditation scheme for health practitioners. The national scheme’s proposed implementation date of 1 July 2010 means the current state and territory-based regulation will continue to apply to registered health professionals until that date. The implementation of the scheme in the ACT for registration and accreditation of health practitioners is expected to provide increased safeguards for the public, reduce red tape, deliver improved administrative efficiency and consistency by moving from the current fragmented jurisdictional system to one national one, and promote a more flexible, responsive and sustainable health workforce.

I commend bill C to the Assembly to ensure that we support a more streamlined system that removes that unnecessary red tape and allows for easier movement of health professionals right across the country.

Debate (on motion by Mr Hanson) adjourned to the next sitting.

Human Rights Commission Legislation Amendment Bill 2009

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) (10.23): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

This bill amends the Human Rights Commission Act 2005 and other legislation relating to the complaint-handling role of the ACT Human Rights Commission. The commission has identified these amendments as necessary to better discharge its role in dealing with complaints and fulfilling its legislative mandate. It is on that basis that the government presents these to the Assembly today.

The Human Rights Commission was created by the Human Rights Commission Act 2005. The formation of the commission created a new structure for statutory oversight

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