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(8) Please see individual Directorate responses at Attachment A.

(9) Some ACT Government services, agencies and contractors use neonicotinoids or similar chemicals. All neonicotinoids registered for use in Australia have been through the APVMA’s robust chemical risk assessment process and are safe and effective provided products are used in accordance with the label instructions. The APVMA uses an evidence based, weight-of-evidence approach to risk assessments, which consider the full range of risks and take into account studies of the environment, including the impact on non-target species, such as bees, and how these risks can be minimised through clear instructions, restricted uses and safety directions.

(10) All business (including ACT government agencies) who hold a current environmental authorisation must ensure that all personnel using Agvet chemicals are suitably skilled and have successfully achieved minimum competency standards. These competencies are nationally accredited standards which are delivered by Registered Training Organisations and cover weed spraying, urban pest control, timber pest treatment, fumigation, vertebrate pest management and aerial application.

As part of the Council of Australian Governments reform, work is being undertaken on harmonising minimum competency standards for fee for service providers.

(11) See answer to question 2. However for quality assurance purposes individual Directorates would require their contractors to keep records.

(12) As noted in the answer to question 1, all Agvet chemical use (both domestic and commercial) must be in accordance with Part 6 of the Environment Protection Regulation 2005.

(Copies of the attachments are available at the Chamber Support Office).

Clubs—data collection
(Question No 916)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Regulatory Services, upon notice, on 16 February 2018 (redirected to the Attorney-General):

(1) In relation to clubs collecting personal, private data by scanning drivers licences, what do clubs in the ACT need to collect in terms of identifying data in order to satisfy their legal or regulatory obligations.

(2) How long is this data retained.

(3) How secure are these systems.

(4) Does the ACT Government require a specific or minimum level of encryption or data protection to be in place before clubs can collect this data.

(5) What safeguards are in place to ensure private or identifying data (a) is not on-sold to commercial data services and (b) are not stored in vulnerable or compromised systems.

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