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Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995



Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995

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Parliamentary Record 11


Debates for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997




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DEBATES - Tuesday 23 May 1995 costs associated with their employment in the 25 communities that benefit from their services. More than $890 000 will be provided to assist with the community and youth recreation programs. These programs include operational and salary assistance to organisations such a the YMCA, the Royal Life Saving Society, Community Youth Centres, Scouts and Girl Guides. I am also pleased to advise honourable members that, in 1995-96, $130 000 has been allocated to assist directly with developing sport and recreation programs and activities for disabled Territorians. This will include a planned extension of services in Alice Springs and represents an increase of more than 30% on the 1994-95 funding. I am confident that the 1995-96 budget will see this government continue to play a key role in developing and maintaining a lifestyle for Territorians which can only be admired by other Australians. I turn now to the Work Health Authority. The authoritys budget for 1995-96 is $3.743m, a small increase over the 1994-95 budget of $3.618m. This increase is generally attributable to non-discretionary items such as salary and CPI increases. However, it also includes $50 000 to complete the upgrading of the authoritys computer system. A similar amount was provided in 1994-95 to improve the computer system with the aim of giving staff easier access to the authoritys extensive database. This project is nearing completion and the changeover to the new system is expected next month. The extra funding in 1995-96 will allow the purchase of additional computers. The authoritys advisory and educational focus will continue to expand in 1995-96. An amount of $200 000 has been allocated for the industry education program. This program funds the authoritys promotional and awareness-raising activities in the area of occupational health and safety and workers compensation. The program will focus particularly on the retail and hospitality industries in 1995-96. Implementing enterprise safety management systems and the subsequent auditing of those systems will be the major focus of the occupational safety program during the year. The scheme was successfully introduced in 1994-95 and, in 1995-96, the systems approach will be introduced into 400 new Territory workplaces. The accreditation of contractors for all government work costing more than $10 000 will be fully in place by the end of this calendar year. As part of this process, the authority will be involved in assessing contractor safety performance as one of the accreditation criteria. The authority has been working closely with the construction industry in developing guidance material and has held seminars to prepare contractors for accreditation. This will continue in 1995-96. The Dangerous Goods Act will be redrafted during the year. A public discussion paper will be released next month to initiate this process and significant resources will be committed to community consultation. The authority will maintain its active participation in national developments. 1995-96 will be the second and final year of the Heads of Workers Compensation Authorities national harmonisation program. This program was initiated by Ministers for Labour in response to the Industry Commissions inquiry into workers compensation. It involves identifying best practice in all areas of scheme design and will provide invaluable guidance for enhancing the Work Health Act in the future. The 1995-96 budget allows continued participation by the authority in each of the national working parties. 3546