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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 8 June 2017) . . Page.. 2114 ..

The tribunal has considered the legislative changes made by the Assembly, which significantly altered and expanded the complexity and scope of the agency’s responsibilities and functions from those in the initial bill proposed by the government. The tribunal has subsequently issued new determinations 14 and 15 of 2017 to reflect these changes in the City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency Bill.

Annual report directions 2017-2018

Paper and statement by minister

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (12.16): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act, pursuant to subsection 8(5)—Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Notice 2017—Notifiable instrument NI2017-280, including the Chief Minister’s 2016-2017, 2017-2018 Annual Report Directions, dated 30 May 2017.

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

Leave granted.

MR BARR: The 2017 annual report directions remain consistent with the previous directions and facilitate concise annual reports through whole-of-government reporting, reporting by exception and combining sections to focus on narrative.

On the whole, the reporting requirements of the 2017 annual report directions remain consistent with those of previous directions. Amendments have been made on the basis of feedback from directorates and public sector bodies, with reporting requirements updated to improve the effectiveness of whole-of-government reporting to ensure consistent reporting across directorates in public sector bodies.

In summary, the main changes between the 2017 annual report directions and the previous directions are the addition of further information to provide clarity on specific annual reporting requirements; the correction of inaccuracies regarding the role of the ACT Audit Office; the promotion of online annual reports, including a reduction in printed material; the addition of the requirement to report special employment arrangements and Australian workplace agreements, along with attraction and retention incentives; an update to public interest disclosure reporting requirements to protect the identity of disclosers; and, at the request of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body, the addition of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reporting requirement to capture annual progress in relation to programs, projects and initiatives that benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the ACT in the one location in each annual report.

The directions also include amendments to the declaration of public sector bodies made under section 7 of the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act. Under

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