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Annual Report 2011/2012 Professional Standards Councils



Annual Report 2011/2012 Professional Standards Councils

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66 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 NORThERN 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 for the Northern Territory (NT). Table 21: Meetings of the Professional Standards Council of the NT 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 Services Council in December 2011. MAjOr LegISLATIVe ChANgeS The Professional Standards Act 2004 (NT) was amended by the Justice Legislation (Penalties) Act 2010 (NT), which came into force on 1 July 2010. As a result, the penalties for noncompliance with the Professional Standards Act 2004 (NT) changed from an absolute number of penalty units, to a maximum number of penalty units. The Professional Standards Act 2004 (NT) was further amended by the Oaths, Affidavits and Declarations (Consequential Amendments) Act 2010 (NT), which came into force on 1 March 2011. As a result, section 40(2)(c) of the Professional Standards Act 2004 (NT), relating to associations complaints and disciplinary codes, has been procedurally amended for consistency with other NT legislation to provide that a committee may require evidence be given on [oath] and to omit the words administer an [oath] because the new Oaths, Affidavits and Declarations Act 2010 now provides for who may administer an oath namely, any sitting member of a tribunal/ committee may administer an oath. Information Act The Council did not receive any freedom of information (FOI) requests, nor were there any outstanding requests for information pursuant to the Information Act 2002 (NT) during the reporting period.