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Parents and carers will be provided with detailed information so they are in the best possible position to choose the education and care options that best suit their needs.

Educators will have more time to spend with individual children, allowing for more positive relationships and interactions. Educators will experience greater job satisfaction and will be more likely to stay within the sector. From a business perspective, the bill seeks to reduce the regulatory burden on operators by replacing existing separate licensing and quality assurance processes. A single national regulatory system will minimise administrative processes for services and improve the cost-effectiveness of the regulatory framework.

Finally, the national law will be reviewed in 2014. This review will consider if children’s services outside of the scope of the national law should be included within it. It will also consider the effectiveness of the law in achieving the goals set out by the Council of Australian Governments agreement.

I would like to thank the providers in the ACT for their commitment to children and families and to the reform process. I also acknowledge the important partnership between DHCS and the Department of Education and Training in addressing these important changes.

Madam Assistant Speaker, the first five years of a child’s life do last a lifetime. This bill recognises that there are lifelong benefits of quality early childhood education. I commend the Education and Care Services National Law (ACT) Bill 2011 to the Assembly.

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

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee


MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.40): I move:

That the ACT Electoral Commission’s report entitled Report on the ACT Legislative Assembly Election 2008, the Electoral Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 and the Electoral (Casual Vacancies) Amendment Bill 2011 be referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety for inquiry and report to the Assembly by 22 September 2011.

In conducting this review the Committee should have regard to a range of issues including but not limited to:

(1) the ACT Electoral Commission’s Report on the ACT Legislative Assembly Election 2008;

(2) the amendments proposed to be made by the Electoral Legislation Amendment Bill 2011;

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