Page 1819 - Week 06 - Thursday, 14 May 2015

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University of Canberra Hospital—Statement from ACT Health to the ABC, dated 13 May 2015.

Planning—Building Act

MR GENTLEMAN: I took a question earlier about the Building Act review and can advise the Assembly that, following the review, there is a rolling program of administrative policy and legislative reforms. Three bills have been enacted to date. The first focused on licensing and compliance powers, the second focused on offences and penalties for failing to comply with a rectification order under the Building Act for noncompliant work, and the third focused on better access to information for consumers. As part of the Building Act review the Environment and Planning Directorate has consulted on the regulation of design and construction practitioners.

This has also had links to the Getting home safely report. Consultation on that part of it closed in February this year. The directorate is conducting follow-up meetings on regulatory options during forthcoming public consultation, and, although there is support from industry and the community for improving practices, opinions expressed by members of the public, industry associations and individual practitioners in community forums and the media show that there is considerable divergence of public opinion on the scope and scale of the problem, who is responsible for noncompliance and how the problems should be addressed.

After consultation, options and recommendations will be developed for consideration by the government in the second half of the year. A new act will be released in exposure form for a period of public comment. Depending on funding, the new act could be released in 2015-16.

Annual report directions 2014-15

Paper and statement by minister

MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Urban Renewal and Minister for Tourism and Events): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act, pursuant to subsection 9(6)—Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Notice 2015—Notifiable instrument NI2015-207, including the Chief Minister’s 2014-2015, 2015-2016 Annual Report Directions, dated 13 May 2015.

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

Leave granted.

MR BARR: The 2015 directions reflect the completion of a major review of annual report directions. In conjunction with the bill, the directions make agency annual reports more concise and relevant to agency performance, consolidate all annual reporting requirements being repealed by the bill from other primary legislation, and support the need to keep annual reports available to the public to allow historical comparison.

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