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Annual Report 2011/2012 Professional Standards Councils



Annual Report 2011/2012 Professional Standards Councils

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62 Professional Standards Councils Annual Report 2011-12 A u S tR A li A n C A P it A l te R R it o R y | n e w S o u th w A le S | n o R th e R n t e R R it o R y | Q u e e n S lA n d | S o u th A u S tR A li A | t A S m A n iA | V iC to R iA | w e S te R n A u S tR A li A ThE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS COUNCIL OF ThE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORy CONSTITuTION Of The COuNCIL Listed below are the number of meetings that the Professional Standards Council members were entitled to attend and those that they attended in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Table 19: Meetings of the Professional Standards Council of the ACT members Council meetings entitled to attend Council meetings attended Esther Alter 5 5 Robert Beaton 5 5 Julie Cameron 5 3 Terry Evans 5 4 Ronald Farrell 5 4 Tom Karp 5 3 Joanne Metcalfe 5 5 Madeleine Ogilvie [retired 31/12/11] 2 2 Hugh Plaistowe 5 4 Brian Rayment QC 5 5 Iain Summers 5 4 MAjOr LegISLATIVe ChANgeS Amendments were made to the Civil Law (Wrongs) Act 2002 during 2011-12. Professional standards legislation in all jurisdictions, except the ACT, states that the Minister can authorise the gazettal (notification) of a scheme approved by the Professional Standards Council (the Council). The ACT Civil Law (Wrongs) Act 2002 additionally required the Ministers approval of a scheme that has been approved by the Council, prior to notifying the scheme. This additional requirement in the ACT was inconsistent with other jurisdictions. The Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Act 2012 (No. 2) removed this requirement from the Act and provided that professional standards schemes can be approved or amended by the Council, with the Minister notifying the scheme subsequently. This has aligned the ACTs professional standards legislation with professional standards legislation in other jurisdictions. rISk MANAgeMeNT ANd INTerNAL AudIT The risk management and internal audit practices of the Council and the OPSC are described elsewhere in this annual report. pubLIC INTereST dISCLOSure There were no public interest disclosures for the period 2011-12. freedOM Of INfOrMATION Under sections 7, 8 and 79 of the Freedom of Information Act 1989 (ACT), the Council must report on the freedom of information (FOI) requests received and handled during the reporting year. Section 7: Requires the Council to publish a statement about the particulars, functions and powers of that agency as well as certain categories of documents held by each agency and the arrangements for public participation in the formulation of policy and operations. The following statements are correct as of 30 June 2012.

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