Page 5384 - Week 14 - Thursday, 30 November 2017

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I present the following paper:

Veterans Ministers’ Roundtable—Update on Veterans Initiatives and Outcomes—Ministerial statement, 30 November 2017.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Building and Construction Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

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

Title read by Clerk.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Urban Renewal) (11.30): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Building and Construction Legislation Amendment Bill 2017. The bill amends the Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act, the Electricity Safety Act and the Electricity Safety Regulation. The bill includes amendments to the Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act to expand the information-sharing provisions about public safety to non-territory agencies.

The proposed amendments would support national work to reduce the instance of building products failing to conform to required standards or being installed in a way that is not compliant with building standards, and respond to cross-border public safety issues.

The amendments will allow the ACT public safety agencies, such as the Construction Occupations Registrar, to give public safety information to similar agencies in other jurisdictions, subject to reasonable restrictions. These amendments support our public safety agencies and give certainty to relevant officials about interjurisdictional sharing of critical public safety information.

They also complement provisions in the laws of other jurisdictions that allow their officials to share information with the territory agencies where reasonable. The proposed amendments will complement the Information Privacy Act 2014 and help to ensure that relevant bodies can share information appropriately without undue disclosure or the use of private information.

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