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into the launch next year gives us this period of time to work with the providers to make sure that indeed we are prepared.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall
MR WALL: Minister, what is the government doing to manage the disparity in the cost of premiums for workers compensation in the disability sector?
MS BURCH: Many elements go into the different pricing structures for organisations not only across states but certainly within the ACT as well. We know we need to pay attention to those inconsistencies and those pricing elements and all the components that make them up here in the ACT. One of the challenges will be if new providers move to town and another is for organisations that provide services here and in New South Wales.
There is no definitive answer other than we are aware of it and we know we need to work in partnership with the providers, because it is up to us to have that partnership and make sure that, come July next year, the community is right and ready to move into DisabilityCare.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.
MR WALL: Minister, when will the pricing and payments schedule be finalised for the ACT’s transition?
MS BURCH: I thank Mr Wall for his question. I cannot give a definitive date. I know that is something we are very mindful of. I think the attention will be paid to those transition sites that are going through that change now. It has been six weeks or thereabouts since this quite significant social reform has started. I know that the sector have asked me to have that pricing structure in place by the end of the year, so that we are well prepared for July of next year.
DR BOURKE: My question is to the Minister for Women. Minister, could you please inform the Assembly on what work the government is undertaking to support women in non-traditional trades?
MS BURCH: I thank Dr Bourke for his interest in women in non-traditional trades. We know women are underrepresented in the building, construction and trades industries. These industries have traditionally been labelled “men’s work” and, as such, women have often been deterred from entering this type of employment or not encouraged to move into this area. According to the latest Australian Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s women in the workforce snapshot, women make up only 11.7 per cent of the workforce in the national construction industry. This puts construction as the lowest industry for female participation, falling behind the nation’s mining industry where women represent 15.3 per cent of that overall workforce.