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(1) The State Migration Plan (SMP) with the Commonwealth Government identifies 1,100 ACT nomination sponsorship places per annum for the General Skilled Migration visa stream only. A requirement of the SMP is that the ACT Government conduct a skills audit to identify the skills needed in Canberra. The audit enables the ACT to target and sponsor skills in demand in the ACT to establish sponsorship target numbers. The occupations listed do not relate to a specific job vacancy, nor represent a guarantee of a job in a specific occupation.

(2) The sponsor needs identified as a result of the establishment of the State Migration Plan has no relation to the decreased Employer Sponsored and Skilled Independent figures for the half-yearly report. This decrease is related to the Commonwealth Government’s 1 July 2012 major reform changes to visa categories which has seen an initial drop in all certification numbers as they moved to an online expression of interest registration process for all intending migrants. In addition a higher than average number of Employer Sponsored visas were certified prior to these 1 July 2012 reform changes which has resulted in reduced Employer Sponsored numbers post 1 July 2012.

Business—National Broadband Network
(Question No 104)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Economic Development, upon notice, on 10 April 2013:

(1) What was/is Business Development’s role in supporting NBNCo in the rollout in the ACT.

(2) How did it assist with logistics.

(3) What advice did it give.

(4) What engagements with local communities did it have.

(5) When will the network be extended to other northern suburbs.

(6) Which suburbs will this include.

(7) Did the 2011-2012 annual report note that the National Broadband Network (NBN) will be extended to “nearly all of the remaining suburbs of Canberra within three years”; if so, which suburbs will not be getting NBN connectivity and why.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Business Development established an NBN Implementation Taskforce comprising relevant Directorates and functional areas within Government who could assist with rollout logistics. The Taskforce provides a single entry point to Government for NBNCo and its contractor Silcar.

(2) The Taskforce has met with NBNCo representatives and its contractors a number of times and Directorates are assisting NBNCo and its rollout contractor Silcar on an issue by issue basis. The issues covered are diverse and include matters such as planning and access arrangements and community consultation.

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