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SEQ Water (Distribution and Retail Restructuring) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2011.DOC
In April 2011, the Premier and Minister for Reconstruction announced proposed amendments to the South East Queensland Water (Distribution and Retail Restructuring) Act 2009 to address community concerns about the responsibility for setting water and sewerage prices in South East Queensland (SEQ). The proposal included the imposition of a price cap on customers’ water and wastewater bills and enabling SEQ councils to choose to opt out of their Distributor-retailer and re-establish council owned and operated water business.
The Fairer Water Prices for South East Queensland Amendment Act 2011 implemented the CPI cap on distribution and retail water and wastewater (sewerage) prices for households and small businesses for two years from 1 July 2011.
The participating councils of Allconnex Water (Gold Coast City Council, Redland City Council and Logan City Council) decided to withdraw their water business from Allconnex Water and re-establish their water businesses within specific council operations.
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Vocational Education and Training (Commonwealth Powers) and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2011.DOC
In December 2009, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to national reforms to the regulation of vocational education and training (VET) including the establishment of a national VET regulator.
COAG developed an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) which required signatories to refer legislative power to the Commonwealth to allow it to regulate VET. All states and territories, including Queensland, have signed the IGA and agreed to refer power except for Victoria and Western Australia.
On 1 July 2011, the national VET regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) commenced operations in New South Wales, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory.
This Bill will refer Queensland’s legislative power to regulate registered training organisations (RTOs) and VET courses to the Commonwealth. The current regulator in Queensland, the Training and Employment Recognition Council, will be abolished. Its RTO and course accreditation functions will be performed by ASQA and its remaini
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2011 Commonwealth Tax Forum.DOC
In March 2011, the Commonwealth Government announced a Tax Forum would be held in October 2011. It will bring together around 180 participants to discuss priorities and directions for tax reform. The forum will involve sessions on personal tax, transfer payments, business tax, state taxes, environment and social taxes and tax system governance.
The Tax Forum presents the State Government with a national platform to articulate its own tax reform agenda for the State and nation.
The proposed Queensland Government submission to the Tax Forum reiterates many of the points made in the State Government’s 2009 submission to the Australia’s Future Tax System Review, while developing others. It will assist in presenting the main themes of the Queensland position as well as help framing the state tax reform debate in a way to achieve a more constructive discussion.
Cabinet endorsed the lodgement of the proposed Queensland Government submission for the Commonwealth Tax Forum.
Queensland Government s
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Sustainable Planning and other Legislation Amendment Bill 2011.DOC
The Sustainable Planning and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 amends a range of legislation as outlined below.
The Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 will be amended to enable Local Government officers to access the Queensland Motor Vehicle Registry to investigate an alleged dog attack which caused death, grievous bodily harm or bodily harm to a person or animal.
The Local Government Act 2009 will be amended to enable the LG Super trust deed to provide for Brisbane City Council accumulation benefit members’ superannuation contributions to be reduced in cases of financial hardship on a case by case basis and if additional tax would be incurred by a member under the Commonwealth Government’s Concessional Contributions Cap.
The Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 amendments achieve red tape reduction for plumbers, relate to membership of the Plumbing Industry Council and enable the recovery of disciplinary fines imposed by the Plumbing Industry Council as debts.
The first review of the Sustainab
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Surat Basin Rail (Long-term lease) Bill 2011.doc
The Surat Basin Rail project proposes to construct the 210 kilometre ‘Southern Missing Link’ between Wandoan and Banana to enable the large-scale mining and export of thermal coal from the Surat Basin through the Port of Gladstone.
Private sector development of the $1 billion plus railway will deliver significant benefits for Queensland including opening up the estimated four billion tonnes of thermal coal reserves in the Surat Basin for large-scale mining, generation of an estimated $300 million per annum in coal royalties to the State, employment for up to 1 350 workers in railway construction and 44 in railway operation, and growth in local and regional economies.
The Bill objective is to protect the State’s interests under the Surat Basin Rail (SBR) Lease and the Surat Basin Rail Operating Agreement.
This Bill's purpose is to give certainty to the legal framework for the SBR project by exempting the SBR Lease from some laws which apply to all Queensland leases. Without the exemptions, the SBRJV w
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Annual Progress Report on 2010-11 implementation of Positive Futures Initiative.DOC
In 2007, the Queensland Government commenced the implementation of reforms to address all recommendations from the Honourable WJ Carter QC’s report, Challenging Behaviour and Disability – A Targeted Response (the Carter Report).
Implementation of the 6-year Positive Futures initiative focuses on the provision of positive behaviour support to clients through the establishment of legislative safeguards and tailored support services for clients.
During the first four years of implementation, the Positive Futures initiative has resulted in a legislative framework from 2008 to regulate and reduce the use of restrictive practices, the creation of a Centre of Excellence for Behaviour Support in partnership with the University of Queensland, a Specialist Response Service that provides clinical advice and support to service providers and clients across the state, and a range of purpose-built accommodation to meet the needs of clients.
Key implementation achievements in 2010–11 include:
A significant reduction in
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Multicultural Recognition Bill 2011.DOC
The new Queensland Multicultural Policy, A multicultural future for all of us, was launched on 19 July 2011. A key theme of the new policy is Multicultural Recognition legislation. This theme was developed following the strong support for statutory recognition of multicultural principles demonstrated during the community consultations for the review of the multicultural policy.
The Multicultural Recognition Bill 2011 will strengthen and support the implementation of Queensland’s Multicultural Policy and demonstrates Government’s commitment to leading, facilitating and supporting the principles, priorities and actions of the policy. The Bill achieves this by:
creating a Multicultural Queensland Charter that enshrines the principles for a multicultural Queensland;
establishes the Multicultural Queensland Advisory Council, including outlining its functions; and
providing for multicultural action plans and reporting arrangements.
Cabinet approved that the Multicultural Recognition Bill 2011 be introduced
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Review of the Integrity Act 2009.DOC
The Integrity Act 2009 commenced on 1 January 2010. As the Act has now been in operation for over 18 months, a review is being undertaken to assess the effectiveness of the operation of the Integrity Act, taking into account the practical experience of key stakeholders.
In early 2011, the Queensland Integrity Commissioner wrote to a range of key stakeholders, including registered lobbyists, government departments and local governments, inviting them to make submissions regarding the operation of the lobbying scheme and the lobbying provisions in the Integrity Act.
An issues paper for public consultation has been prepared, noting the recommendations made by the Integrity Commissioner, such as expanding the lobbying regulations to in-house lobbyists and the introduction of a sanctions regime regarding the conduct of lobbyists.
The issues paper poses a series of key questions for comment. Feedback received on the issues paper will help inform development of any legislative or policy measures.
http://www.cabinet.qld.gov.au/documents/2011/oct/integrity act review/review of the integrity act 2009.doc -
Review of the GST Distribution.DOC
In March 2011, the Australian Government announced a review of the distribution of GST revenue to the states. The Review is being conducted by the Hon Nick Greiner AC, the Hon John Brumby and Mr Bruce Carter (the Review Panel).
The Review Panel released an Issues Paper in July 2011 outlining the scope of the Review and matters on which they are seeking comment. The Issues Paper focuses on five key issues: the scope of fiscal equalisation (including partial equalisation); efficiency; equity; simplicity; and predictability and stability. The Issues Paper is intended as a discussion starter to identify issues that could be addressed in the Review.
Queensland’s submission identifies Queensland’s issues with the current process and puts forward alternative approaches for the Review Panel to consider.
Queensland will have the opportunity to provide further comment when the Review Panel releases its interim report in February 2012.
Cabinet endorsed the Queensland submission in response to the Issues Paper f
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Family Responsibilities Commission - Annual Report 2010-2011.DOC
The Family Responsibilities Commission Annual Report 2010–2011 provides information on the operation of the Family Responsibilities Commission (FRC) from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011.
In line with the Family Responsibilities Commission Act 2008, which established the FRC, the Minister is to be provided with the FRC’s Annual Report for each year by 31 October each year and is then required to table the Report within 14 sitting days.
The FRC also provides the Minister with quarterly reports on its operations.
The Annual Report provides statistical and financial information about the second year of the FRC’s operations including:
3669 agency notifications were received, 2736 (75 per cent) of which were within the Commission’s jurisdiction. The notifications within jurisdiction comprise:
1142 Magistrates Court notifications
1336 School Attendance notifications
227 Child Safety notifications
31 Housing Tenancy notifications;
18 Local Commissioners are currently appointed to the FRC;
a total of 1745 con
http://www.cabinet.qld.gov.au/documents/2011/oct/frc report/family responsibilities commission - annual report 2010-2011.doc -