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(4) The ORS engaged initially with the Australian Government Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) and after Australian Government department restructure the ORS engaged with Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE).

(5) The ORS arranged for inspections by qualified electrical inspectors of those premises where safety concerns were raised.

ORS mediated resolutions to complaints that related to substandard installation or disputes over payments. Six complaints could not be remedied due to an inability to locate the installer.

ORS referred all issues relating to safety and alleged fraud to the Australian Government for further action.

(6) No

(Question No 1386)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Women, upon notice, on 9 December 2010:

(1) Why did female unemployment rates remain steady throughout the global financial crisis given that during this period the unemployment rate for males peaked in the ACT in December 2009 and has since recovered.

(2) Why is there such a vast contrast between male and female unemployment rates in the ACT and what is being done to address this issue.

Ms Burch: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Female unemployment rates did not remain steady over the past two years. According to ABS Labour Force data*, the trend female unemployment rate in the ACT has risen from a record low of 2.3 per cent in the period from July 2008 to September 2008 to 3.1 per cent in November 2010. The trend female unemployment rate peaked in July and August 2010 at 3.3 per cent, significantly lower than the trend male unemployment rate which peaked at 4.3 per cent in December 2009. In fact over the past two years the trend female unemployment rate generally remained lower than the male unemployment rate. For the short period from July 2010 to September 2010, the female unemployment rate was marginally higher than the male unemployment rate.

(2) The trend data as provided by the ABS Report on Labour Force Status does not indicate a vast contrast between male and female unemployment rates in the ACT. The ACT has the lowest trend female unemployment rate of the jurisdictions and is significantly lower than the national average female unemployment rate of 5.5 per cent.

In the ACT the trend unemployment rate in November 2010 was higher for males (3.2 per cent) compared to females (3.1 per cent). The trend participation rate for females over the period September 2008 to November 2010 increased by 0.5 percentage points, however male participation over the same period has declined by 0.9

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