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account the separation of powers doctrine, as well as the constitutional context of the Assembly and the territory’s governance arrangements. I thank the committee for its report.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

ACTPS workers compensation and work safety improvement plan—progress report

Paper and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Health and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Estimates 2011-2012—Select Committee—Report—Appropriation Bill 2011-2012—Recommendation 67—ACTPS Workers’ Compensation and Work Safety Improvement Plan—Progress report, dated June 2012.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: In December 2011 I addressed this Assembly on my commitment to ensuring that the public service is equipped to deliver high quality services to the community of the ACT. At that time I recognised that a key element of this commitment required government to ensure that the ACT public sector workforce is protected and where workers are injured everything is done to assist them to return to health and return to work.

Since addressing the Assembly in December, my directorate has continued to implement the ACT public sector workers compensation and work safety improvement plan and considered a whole-of-government program of work to ensure that the ACT public service workforce has the right skills, capability and capacity to deliver what the government and the community expect of us.

Across the ACT public service this work has seen ongoing investment in the development of the service’s people management capability through continued delivery of an enhanced case management model and development of a line manager and supervisor capability development and strengthening program. We have acted on our commitment to collocate a number of case managers from across the service to build a robust hub of injury management expertise aligned with the one service approach to the care, recovery and support of the ACT public service injured workers.

The progress report provided to the Assembly today provides members with information on these and other activities undertaken under the improvement plan, which in combination are designed to contribute to a healthy and productive ACT public service and ultimately improve the return to work and health outcomes for injured ACT public sector workers. We remain committed to reducing the risk of

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