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Annual Report 2011/2012 Professional Standards Councils



Annual Report 2011/2012 Professional Standards Councils

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64 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 NEW SOUTh WALES 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 for New South Wales (NSW). Table 20: Meetings of the Professional Standards Council of NSW 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 Tiina-Liisa Sexton [appointed 31/1/12] 3 2 Martyn Hagan [deputy member for Tasmania] 1 0 Iain Summers 5 4 * Councillor Ogilvie retired from the Professional Standards Council in December 2011. MAjOr LegISLATIVe ChANgeS No legislative change took place in relation to the Professional Standards Act 1994 (NSW) during the relevant period. repOrTINg uNder The gOVerNMeNT INfOrMATION (pubLIC ACCeSS) ACT 2009 (NSW) The Freedom of Information Act 1989 (NSW) was repealed and replaced by the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW) (GIPA Act), which came into force on 1 July 2010. Amongst other things, the GIPA Act requires the NSW DAGJs Business Centres to publish open access information on their websites unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosing this information. According to the GIPA Act, open access information may be interpreted quite broadly and can include policy documents drafted by a Business Centre that are tabled in Parliament, such as an annual report. The Professional Standards Council of NSW did not receive any requests pursuant to the GIPA Act during the reporting period, nor were there any outstanding requests for information under the earlier Freedom of Information Act 1989 (NSW). OCCupATIONAL heALTh ANd SAfeTy dISCLOSure There were no work related injuries during the reporting period nor illnesses and prosecutions under the Work Health and Safety Act (NSW). The OPSC staff are governed by the OHS policies and practices of the NSW DAGJ. fuNdS grANTed TO NONgOVerNMeNT COMMuNITy OrgANISATIONS Four associations were offered the opportunity to enter into funding agreements based on successful applications submitted by their members in the 2011-12 reporting period. Based on the timing involved in the application process, grant funds were not awarded during this period; however, it is anticipated that

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