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person may need to be registered under the working with vulnerable people legislation. The amendment is not intended to encourage a person to believe they can be appointed to the public sector without firstly satisfying all preconditions of appointment provided under section 68(2) of the act. The amendment does not add unnecessary requirements to the appointment process.

Consideration of non-conviction information, including spent convictions, has been raised as an issue by stakeholders during consultation on the draft risk assessment and decision-making guide documents.

The issue related to the use of spent convictions when determining a person’s suitability to work or volunteer with vulnerable people accessing a regulated activity. Non-conviction information, including spent conviction information, assists in identifying inappropriate behaviour patterns. This type of information will be one component of the information which will be used to determine the suitability of an applicant to work or volunteer with vulnerable people accessing a regulated activity.

Consideration of childhood and adult spent convictions are not possible outside the crime-free periods prescribed in the Spent Convictions Act 2000. For a person to be compelled to disclose all relevant childhood and adult spent convictions, section 19 of the Spent Convictions Act is being amended to exempt those applying for registration under the working with vulnerable people background checking legislation from the limitations imposed on the disclosure of spent convictions information.

This government is committed to the support and protection of vulnerable people in the ACT; and by ensuring congruence between the working with vulnerable people legislation and other relevant ACT legislation, the protection of vulnerable people is further enhanced.

I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Children and Young People (Education and Care Services National Law) Consequential Amendment Bill 2011

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

Title read by Clerk.

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Community Services, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Women and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs) (10.12): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The ACT is progressing towards the implementation of a national quality agenda that was agreed to by the Council of Australian Governments in 2009. The ACT signed up

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