Page 1000 - Week 04 - Tuesday, 24 March 2015

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MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning, Minister for Roads and Parking, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Minister for Children and Young People and Minister for Ageing) (10.55): I thank Mr Smyth and the committee for their report today. The ACT government has been working hard to implement the recommendations from the Auditor-General; again I thank the Auditor-General for her work in this field and see it as an ideal opportunity for government to continue to improve the way we do business.

On the recommendations, the first one is:

The … Directorate should modify its eDevelopment application form so that applicants indicate if their development has been assessed under the Development Application exemption process.

EPD has implemented a new check box, included in the DA form, and these DAs will be entered onto a spreadsheet to monitor progress. The field in the DA form will be fully automated in the next release of eDevelopment 2015.

Recommendation 2 is:

The … Directorate should improve its ability to meet statutory timeframes by not accepting the lodgement of a Development Application whose material is unsuitable for conducting an assessment.

That has been implemented. The practice is in place through the completeness check process.

Recommendation 3 is:

The … Directorate should implement a process for assessing officers to communicate breaches of legislation to the Investigations Team …

EPD has implemented that recommendation. A work instruction for the communications process has been created for assessing officers to communicate potential breaches of legislation to an investigations team for their attention.

Recommendation 4 is:

The … Directorate should identify and promote ways to improve the training of certifiers …

That is underway. Regular seminars for certifiers are conducted, and the effectiveness of the training requirements under this recommendation will be reviewed by June this year.

Recommendation 5 is:

The … Directorate should require building surveyors and works assessors … to submit a minimum level of documentation …

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