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To allow employers sufficient time to comply with this new obligation, we will write to all self-insurers, affected employers and peak employer bodies. We will also provide a three-month transition period to ensure sufficient time to arrange necessary training for return-to-work coordinators. The tripartite ACT Work Safety Council will conduct a review 12 months after the commencement of the new arrangements to ensure that this reform meets its objectives.

This government is committed to the cost-effective and efficient delivery of a regulatory environment that drives health and safety improvements and supports workers in the unfortunate event that they are injured. It is for this reason that I commend this bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Smyth) adjourned to the next sitting.

Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

Mr Rattenbury, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Justice, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Transport Reform) (11.31): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to introduce the Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 into the Assembly today. The bill introduces a number of amendments that will allow Canberrans to represent their identity in a way that is appropriate and meaningful to them while maintaining the integrity of the births, death and marriages register and identity documentation provided by the ACT government.

The bill will amend the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1997 and the Parentage Act 2004 to allow for: recognition of interstate parentage orders; change of name certificates; the removal of gender-specific terms; issue of recognised details certificates; and proof of identity cards.

The bill will enable parentage orders made in other Australian jurisdictions to be recognised in the ACT. This change will mean that if a baby is born in the ACT but a parentage order relating to any surrogacy arrangements for the child is made in another jurisdiction, the parents will be able to be recorded as the parents for the child on their ACT birth certificate. I want to be absolutely clear that this change does not relate to commercial surrogacy arrangements. These arrangements remain prohibited under the Parentage Act 2004.

Currently, a person born in the ACT who marries overseas and wants to have their name officially changed has to apply to change their original birth name on the ACT

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