Better healthcare where and when you need it
|Commitment||Details||Progress update||Current status|
|Delivering the new SPIRE Centre at The Canberra Hospital|
The new Surgical Procedures, Interventional Radiology and Emergency (SPIRE) at The Canberra Hospital will significantly expand capacity within our public health system to deliver high quality critical care into the future.
Detailed design and preparatory work for SPIRE is underway and this project is fully funded through the ACT Budget. Construction work for SPIRE will get underway with decanting and site works commencing this year, with construction set for completion in 2023-24. SPIRE will be a state-of-the-art critical care and surgical facility able to meet acute healthcare demand into the future by providing: more inpatient beds and operating theatres; a new and expanded intensive care unit including paediatric intensive care, an expanded coronary care unit including interventional cardiology, a new and expanded emergency department, interventional radiology suites, a mental health short-stay unit, a rehabilitation gymnasium, and a family zone to support family-centred ICU care.
|Expanding the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children|
Expanding the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children will improve the services and support for patients of maternity and paediatric services and provide new services, including a high dependency unit and adolescent mental health unit.
Detailed design and preparatory work for the expansion of Centenary Hospital for Women and Children is underway, and this project is fully funded through the ACT Budget. The expansion will deliver more neonatology services including more special care beds and increased support for families, more post-natal beds and an expanded Maternity Assessment Unit, and facilities for more family support and education services. It will also feature a refurbishment of the Paediatric High Care Unit, a new adolescent mental health inpatient unit supported by day services, and an adolescent gynaecology service.
|Expanding infrastructure for Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services|
Provide $12 million to construct the expanded infrastructure for Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services.
We delivered the funding for this project in the 2018-19 Budget. ACT Health has signed a Deed of Grant on 5 December 2019 with Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services outlining grant funding and construction arrangements, completion of this project is expected after 2020.
|Upgrading facilities at Calvary Public Hospital|
Provide $15 million to upgrade Calvary Public Hospital, including upgrading and expanding the emergency department, surgical areas, and installing new imaging and diagnostic equipment.
We delivered a $15 million grant for Calvary Public Hospital to undertake these upgrades in the 2017-18 Budget. The works are on track for completion in 2021.
|Delivering three new nurse-led Walk-in Centres|
Establish three new nurse-led walk-in centres to provide free one-off advice and treatment for people with minor illness and injury, to add to the two in Belconnen and Tuggeranong already in operation.
The Gungahlin Walk-in Centre opened in September 2018 with over 10,000 patients using the service within the first six months.
The 2018-19 Budget provided $2 million capital funding for the design and construction of the Weston Creek Walk-in Centre, which is expected to start caring for patients in late 2019.
The 2019-20 Budget has delivered funding to establish another new Walk-in Centre at Dickson, bringing Canberra’s network of centres to five.
|Exploring the benefits of extending hours of nurse-led walk-in centres|
Assess the benefits of extending nurse-led walk-in centres’ hours of operation.
The three new Walk-in Centres being delivered across Canberra are providing additional capacity and improving access to care when people need it, staying open to 10pm. These current operating hours - combined with new capacity from more sites - have been assessed as meeting the local community’s needs.
|Boosting nursing numbers and training|
Invest in nurses’ training and education, grow our nursing workforce and provide more specialised nursing staff to support patients at key points in their access to services.
We are investing in nurses’ training and education, and growing the number of graduate nurses across Canberra, through a phased approach over the years to 2021. Examples of this extensive nurse hiring include 12 ‘nurse navigators’ to support patients with complex needs; six roving school nurses to improve health services for students; and two new maternal and child health nurses to provide more support for mothers and their kids.
|Investing in alternative justice pathways|
Establish a Drug and Alcohol Court and fund associated support programs.
We have delivered the funding to establish the ACT’s first Drug and Alcohol Court, and detailed work is underway on the model of care and interactions with the broader justice system. The Drug and Alcohol Court is expected to be operational by December 2019.
|Improving GP bulk billing|
Provide capital grants to establish or expand three bulk-billing GP centres, to make it easier for residents in Tuggeranong and the Molonglo Valley to find a local bulk billing doctor.
We have awarded funding to the National Health Co-op to establish a new clinic in Coombs, which is now up and running.
We have delivered funding for a new general practice clinic and the expansion of another general practice in Tuggeranong, which are currently underway.
|More community based counselling|
Strengthen community based counselling services for children and young people.
From the start of the 2018 school year, counselling services for children aged 5-12 years have been expanded through increasing clinical staff on the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Primary School Intervention Program.
|Establish an Office for Mental Health to improve the coordination of services for people struggling with their mental health.|
Establish the Office for Mental Health to provide more support for young people and oversee mental health services and provider funding.
The Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing was launched in June 2018, helping Canberrans have better access to important services, including improved access to mental health support for young people.
Develop a strategy that sets targets for suicide reduction.
The Office of Mental Health and Wellbeing has begun working towards establishing objectives for the Office, including development of a suicide prevention strategy.
|Strengthening mental health care|
Provide $1.5 million to create a pilot version of the Black Dog Institute’s lifespan program, which is currently being trialled in NSW to reduce suicide rates.
LifeSpan’s program commenced in August 2018, providing Canberrans better access to mental health services.
Provide $1.6 million to allow youth service Headspace to employ more youth workers.
The ACT Government committed $1.6 million in 2017-18 over four years for Headspace to expand counselling services for children and young people in the ACT.
Provide $2.3 million for a mental health service for vulnerable and marginalised youth.
A service funding agreement is currently being negotiated.
|Expanding the Mental Health Consultation Liaison Service|
Provide $1.6 million to expand the Mental Health Child and Adolescent Consultation/Liaison service so it can run seven days per week.
As of 1 January 2018, the Hospital and Consultation Liaison services for children and adolescents has been extended from five to seven days per week.
|Delivering two more mobile dental centres|
Provide $4 million to buy two more mobile dental centres.
As of early 2019, two new mobile dental centres are now operational, providing Canberrans with better access to services when and where they need them.
|Improving access to dental care for Canberrans on low incomes|
Implement subsidy and opening hour policies to increase dental care for low income Canberrans.
In January 2018, we established new opening hours for child and youth dental appointments at the Belconnen and Tuggeranong Health Centres.
|Establishing a clinical school at the University of Canberra (UC)|
Create a new clinical school at the University of Canberra to train nurses and allied health professionals, with teaching facilities at the Canberra Hospital and the new University of Canberra Public Hospital.
We are continuing to explore opportunities to provide high quality training to nurses and allied health professionals in the ACT. The allocation of new space on the Canberra Hospital campus is currently being considered by Canberra Health Services.
|Delivering health care checks for grade six students|
Introduce a new health check for grade six students in schools to help identify health issues early.
We have delivered funding to roll out a program of health checks for school students and these are expected to commence later in 2019. Based on the latest research and clinical advice these checks will now be delivered to Year 7 students.
|Strengthening support for carers|
Develop a carers strategy in close consultation with Carers ACT, disability groups and other affected community members.
We have developed the ACT Carers Strategy 2018-2028, through a deliberative process which brought together Carers ACT, disability groups and Canberrans with disability, their carers and families.
|Increase support for new and expecting Canberra mums and dads|
Expand services and support available in the community for new parents including by increasing the operating hours of the Perinatal Mental Health Consultation Service and delivering more support to Post and Ante Natal Depression Support and Information (PANDSI) ACT.
We have expanded the Perinatal Mental Health Consultation service so that it is now offering services seven days a week. We have also provided additional funding to peer-based support services including PANDSI.
|Protecting Canberra babies|
Provide Free meningococcal B vaccinations for all new-born babies.
We remain committed to protecting the health of our most vulnerable Canberrans. Based on clinical advice on need, we funded a free meningococcal ACWY vaccination program for year 10 students in the 2018 Budget, and are working with the Commonwealth to support the provision of a national meningococcal B vaccination program.
|Removing hurdles to organ donation to help improve donation rates|
Remove hurdles to higher organ donation rates by enabling Canberrans to sign up to be a donor at the point they renew their driver’s licence.
Now that licence renewals are conducted online, this commitment has been delivered by providing a prominent link to the DonateLife on the Access Canberra renewal page, to allow quick and easy organ donation registration.
Remove hurdles to higher organ donation rates by providing an education and awareness raising campaign, developed in consultation with Gift of Life Inc and DonateLife.
In February 2017 we provided $150,000 to the Gift of Life to continue their work in the community on the importance of being an organ and tissue donor.
Establish a national garden of appreciation at the arboretum to celebrate the gift organ donors have passed on and the new life recipients have received.
The Garden of Appreciation at the National Arboretum was officially opened on 25 November 2018.
|Growing services and outpatient care at home|
Review current ACT Health outpatient and community based services and increase the capacity of Hospital in the Home
We have delivered $34.5 million to expand the capacity of the Hospital in the Home service so that 3,000 more patients a year can be cared for in their own homes and through community health centres. A review of current services has been completed and work is progressing on strategies to increase the capacity of Hospital in the Home services and improve integration of services across the Territory.
|Strengthening support for our first responders|
Work with stakeholders to deliver enhanced mental health services, building on peer support programs within the emergency services, by providing funding for psychologist oversight and additional peer support training.
We are supporting our emergency services staff by training ACT Ambulance Service Officers, SES personnel and ACT Fire and Rescue staff as peer support officers, in conjunction with broader psychologist oversight.
|Improving safety at work for our nurses|
Develop a nurse safety strategy through forums with stakeholders, focussing on high risk areas.
In December 2018, the Minister for Mental Health and Minister for Health and Wellbeing launched ACT Health’s strategy to improve the workplace health and safety of nurses and midwives. Implementation is expected to be complete in 2020.
|Strengthening the Family Assistance Fund|
Establish a new Family Assistance Fund to provide financial support for parents to be with their child when visiting hospitals interstate.
The 2019-20 Budget delivers $1.8 million to provide more support for families of paediatric patients who must travel interstate to access specialist healthcare. We will expand the support provided through the Interstate Patient Travel Assistance Scheme so that two people can travel with a sick child, and increase the subsidies available for accommodation and parking.
|Improving access to medicinal cannabis|
Establish an ACT medicinal cannabis program in 2017, to allow sick and dying people timely and efficient access to medicinal cannabis products by prescription.
We have established the Medicinal Cannabis Medical Advisory Panel and Medicinal Cannabis Advisory Group. From December 2017 cannabis products intended for medicinal use can be prescribed as a Schedule 8 ‘controlled’ medicine in the ACT.
|Boosting the Health Care Consumers Association to better support Canberra patients|
Provide the Health Care Consumers Association with an investment of $500,000 over two years to develop clear information to help patients better understand the health system.
We delivered the promised funding for the Health Care Consumers Association in the 2018-19 Budget and are working with the HCCA on the activities to be undertaken.
|Investigating future hospital needs on Canberra’s Northside|
Conduct a scoping study for longer-term new and expanded Northside hospital facilities in consultation with healthcare professionals.
We have undertaken detailed service planning and analysis of health care needs on a Territory-wide basis. This work is driving our investments in upgrading and expanding Calvary Public Hospital at Bruce, and we will continue to plan for health infrastructure needs on Canberra’s Northside in the 2020s and beyond.
|Strengthening after-care for stroke|
Provide $320,000 to fund the territory-wide roll-out of the Stroke Foundation’s Follow-up Program, which will offer crucial information, advice and support for stroke survivors as they return home from hospital.
From 2018 we have supported the territory-wide roll-out of the Stroke Foundation’s Follow-up Program.
|Helping patients to better navigate our health system|
Provide an additional $100,000 to develop a model for patient care navigators to work with Canberrans with chronic health conditions.
A Patient Care Navigator Model was developed and finalised in September 2018, supporting vulnerable Canberrans to access and better understand the services we provide.
|Boosting the NeuroMoves program|
Provide a one-off capital grant to Spinal Cord Injuries Australia to establish a NeuroMoves program in Canberra.
We provided funding to Spinal Cord Injuries Australia in December 2016. The NeuroMoves Program has been established, allowing Canberrans to access the health services they need.
|Investing in health research|
Provide $3 million to support health research in key areas.
The 2019-20 Budget delivers on this commitment by boosting investment in clinical research in priority health areas including cancer, type 2 diabetes, cardiology, nursing, mental health, women and children, dementia, palliative care and population health.
|Strengthening our focus on preventative health|
Reduce the incidence of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other preventable health conditions, by refocussing the Healthy Weight Initiative, appointing a Preventative Health Coordinator and developing a comprehensive preventative health strategy.
We have provided $4 million to support an ongoing program of activities boosting healthy and active living across government. We also held public workshops in late 2018 to engage with Canberrans around addressing preventable health conditions. As a result of these consultations we are developing wellbeing indicators to measure and improve the quality of life for Canberrans. This recognises the social determinants of health and the complex range of factors and influences which drive good health and wellbeing.
Grants to reduce the incidence of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other preventable health conditions by expanding and refocussing the Healthy Weight Initiative.
The ACT Health Promotion Grants Program provides approximately $2 million annually to community-based organisations to support programs that prevent chronic disease and improve health outcomes across the population.
Ensuring every local school is a great one
|Commitment||Details||Progress update||Current status|
|Ensuring full Gonski needs-based funding for all ACT schools|
Fight for the full implementation of the Gonski needs-based funding model.
We are supporting the delivery of high quality education for all students across Canberra, and continuing to fight for fair funding based on the Gonski model for students across Australia. On 6 December 2018, a bilateral agreement was signed by the ACT Education Minister with the Commonwealth.
|Supporting the Safe Schools Program|
Recommit to funding the Safe Schools Program, whether or not the Federal Government continues funding.
The Safe and Inclusive Schools Program was fully funded and rolled out in March 2018.
|Upgrading infrastructure at ACT public schools|
Upgrade Canberra’s public primary schools, high schools and colleges.
Each year until 2020-21, we are on track to roll out upgrades to Canberra’s public primary schools, high schools and colleges. These improvements are delivering better school facilities for students across Canberra, including new classrooms, facility refurbishments, new gardens, equipment upgrades, new heating and cooling systems and energy efficiency improvements.
|Upgrading infrastructure at ACT non-government schools|
Provide infrastructure grants to non-government schools.
We opened a $15 million grant round for the non-government sector in February 2019. The first round of grant funding through this program will be allocated in mid-2019.
|Building new and expanded schools|
Provide $50 million to build a new school in Molonglo, catering for Preschool to Year 10 students, with the first stage of the project catering to Preschool to Year 6 students.
We delivered $47 million in the 2018-19 Budget towards this commitment and are on track to open a new Preschool to Year 6 school in Molonglo in January 2021.
Provide $20 million for capacity upgrades at Gold Creek Senior School and Franklin Early Childcare and $500,000 for design and feasibility work for a new Gungahlin school at Throsby.
Funding has been allocated in the 2019-20 Budget to undertake a staged expansion of the Franklin Early Childcare School all the way to Year 6, and construct a new Preschool to Year 6 school at Throsby opening at the start of the 2022 school year.
|Determining the ‘Future of Education’ for the ACT|
Commission a ‘Future of Education’ discussion paper to determine how education will be delivered to meet the needs of the next generation of ACT students.
The Future of Education Strategy was launched in August 2018, mapping out a 10-year plan for education in the ACT. Over 16 months, 5000 Canberrans had their say and contributed to the development of this strategy.
|Enhancing early childhood education|
Ensure the quality and accessibility of the ACT early childhood education and care sector through development of a comprehensive early childhood strategy.
We have established the Early Childhood Advisory Council and released an initial discussion paper on the early childhood strategy for community consultation. Development of the strategy is ongoing and will be advanced through initiatives in the 2019-20 Budget.
Develop a pilot program to provide after hours care to ACT Government Preschool students and identify up to four trial sites across Canberra to receive grants of up to $50,000 to support the pilot program.
Funding in the 2019-20 Budget will alleviate the burden on families by developing a pilot program of after-hours care for ACT Government preschool students. The initiative will better early childhood development for children due to less transitions between preschool and out of school hours care services.
|Supporting parental engagement at schools|
As part of the Support Parents Plan, promote e-safety in schools and provide additional resources to ensure that students are safe when they are online.
We are continuing to invest in contemporary technologies to promote learning while also strengthening supports for students and families to ensure greater e-safety. We have developed new curriculum tools, parent factsheets and clear policy guidelines to ensure students are safe when they are online.
Employ a dedicated parental engagement officer within the Education Directorate who will work with schools and parent groups to promote parental engagement across the ACT.
We appointed a dedicated officer to strengthen existing parental engagement work.
Provide $1.6 million in grant funding to schools and parent groups for activities and programs designed to enhance parental engagement at schools and support strong parent communities.
We will consult with the ACT Council of Parent and Citizens on mechanisms to enhance parental engagement.
|Strengthening mental health support for ACT students|
Strengthen mental health and wellbeing support in our schools by employing an additional 20 school psychologists over the term.
We are investing in the wellbeing of students and are on track to deliver this commitment by 2020. Fifteen of the additional psychologists have been employed in ACT public schools as of January 2019, with an additional five psychologists to be recruited by the start of the 2020 school year.
|Enhancing social and emotional learning programs in schools|
Continue social and emotional learning programs in schools to enhance the skills of children and young people to engage in respectful relationships, including to prevent violence and sexual assault.
We are committed to the Safe and Supportive Schools policy and continue to support social and emotional learning programs in ACT schools.
|Streamlining the mental health and wellbeing referral process for schools|
Implement a streamlined mental health and wellbeing referral process that can be utilised by all schools.
Through ACT Education and ACT Health we continue to collaborate in mapping services and promoting the Be You initiative within schools.
|Increasing school assistants in school|
Provide funding for 66 school assistants in ACT public schools.
We have delivered this commitment with ongoing delivery of funding to better support teachers in the classroom.
|Enhancing safety around schools|
Increase traffic safety measures around schools
We delivered the School Crossing Supervisor program at 20 sites across the ACT in 2018, including at Lyneham Primary School, Hughes Primary School and Harrison School. Another five schools will receive crossing supervisors in 2020. We will formally evaluate this program in 2019, but initial feedback from school communities has been overwhelmingly positive. The program has delivered bigger and better signage, dedicated crossings, traffic islands and alternative drop-off and pick-up points close to schools to keep students safe and ease pressure on school carparks.
|Ensuring equal access to technology for all ACT public secondary students|
Provide every public high school and college student in the ACT with a tablet device to ensure equity of access to technology.
Commencing from the start of 2018, all ACT public secondary students having now been provided a Chromebook to ensure all have equal opportunity to learn on the latest technology. New students are provided with Chromebooks on a rolling basis as they enter high school.
|Strengthening the capabilities of teachers|
Support 25 scholarships a year to help teachers get post-graduate qualifications in science, technology, engineering, maths or languages.
We are strengthening teacher capability through the provision of annual scholarships.
|Exploring alternative teaching methods|
Commission a project to investigate the effectiveness of alternative teaching methods in ACT schools. The outcomes of the project will inform development of the Future of Education discussion paper.
Funding has been allocated for the recruitment of four school leaders who will co-coordinate the project in four trial schools across Canberra.
|Enhancing outcomes for new teachers|
Drive improvements in university admission processes and graduate outcomes for student teachers to ensure that new teachers have the time and mentoring they need to succeed in their careers.
We have implemented the Empowered Learning Professional Leadership Plan and delivered upskilling workshops to School Leaders to strengthen mentoring of new and experienced teachers and ensure that we provide quality education to our young people.
|Building capacity and increasing support for teachers|
Employ an additional four senior teachers with expertise in pedagogy, learning difficulties, and literacy and numeracy programming, to implement a coaching and mentoring model to build teaching capacity; and conduct a trial of innovative teaching methods.
We are delivering the school improvement initiative which is building the capability of teachers across the public school system, through coaching and mentoring, and through the outcomes of a broader workforce capability strategy.
Increase support to teachers through more mentoring support and a new examination of professional development and career pathways under a long term policy strategy for our school system.
|Supporting women and mature aged workers to up-skill and re-skill|
Provide $1 million for the Women in Trades Grants Program to support the attraction and retention of women in male dominated trades. Establish a Mature Workers Grants Program.
We have provided funding for the Women in Trades Grant Program with two funding rounds completed. The Mature Workers Grants Program was launched in August 2018.
|Ensuring funding to the Canberra Institute of Technology|
Provide a minimum of 70 per cent of total ACT Government funding for Vocational Education and Training (VET) directly to the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) to guarantee its place as the ACT’s premier VET provider into the future.
We are continuing arrangements to ensure that CIT receives the majority of VET funding in the ACT, at a minimum of 70 per cent.
|Commit to maintain the CIT under public ownership|
Recognise that the CIT should remain the primary provider of high quality vocational training in the ACT, and commit to maintain the CIT under public ownership.
We continue to recognise that the CIT should remain the primary provider of high quality vocational training in the ACT and are continuing to invest in it to ensure CIT maintains its quality and prominence in the ACT vocational education sector.
|Introduce an accelerated path to university for gifted and talented students|
Explore options with the University of Canberra to provide an accelerated path to university for gifted and talented senior secondary students in government colleges.
We have undertaken initial scoping options with the University of Canberra. Funding to deliver this program has been delivered in the 2019-20 Budget.
|Supporting the roll out of school uniforms|
As part of the Support Parents Plan, work closely with parents and school communities in phasing in school uniforms under the ACT Government’s School Uniform policy.
We are providing ongoing support to public schools as they roll out school uniforms.
|Expanding the It’s Your Move program|
Expand the It’s Your Move program to more high schools in the ACT.
We have delivered the It’s Your Move program to 12 ACT high schools in 2018-19 and we have provided for further expansion to encourage student health initiatives across more Canberra schools.
|Increasing support for Study Canberra|
Support Study Canberra to help our tertiary providers grow as national and international institutions.
We are continuing to deliver this commitment. From 1 July 2017, the Government committed $3 million over four years to 2020-21, for Study Canberra to implement the Canberra: Australia’s Education Capital - The ACT international Education Strategy.
|Encouraging girls to take a greater interest in STEM subjects|
Provide $200,000 in grant funding to the Academy of Future Skills to encourage girls to take a greater interest in science, engineering and technical subjects.
We have invested $5 million in the Future Skills Academy to strengthen the teaching of STEM and enhance learning opportunities for students across the ACT. Programs from the Academy have commenced and the facility will be operational in 2020.
|Establishing an academy for coding and cyber skills|
Provide $5.7 million for an academy for coding and cyber skills at the University of Canberra’s senior secondary college at Lake Ginninderra.
We have delivered this commitment, with the Academy of Future Skills funded in the 2018-19 Budget.
|Supporting the ANU School of Music|
Make a significant contribution towards running a world-class advanced music program at the ANU School of Music.
We signed a Deed of Grant with the ANU School of Music in June 2018 to support the ongoing delivery of the ANU’s Advanced Music Performance Program.
|Building Canberra’s reputation as a higher education and research hub|
Build on Canberra’s reputation as an international higher education and research hub.
Through Study Canberra and the Economic Development Directorate we maintain a number of ongoing programs and activities to enhance Canberra’s reputation as an international higher education and research hub.
Better transport to keep Canberra moving as we grow
|Commitment||Details||Progress update||Current status|
|Delivering light rail|
Deliver Light Rail Stage 1 - Gungahlin to City
We delivered this commitment in April 2019, on schedule and under budget, completing Canberra’s largest ever infrastructure project. The line from Gungahlin to the City started taking passengers in April 2019 and is already proving to be hugely popular with commuters. Over 77,000 trips were recorded during the first week of light rail operations alone.
Commence work on Light Rail Stage 2 - City to Woden
Canberra needs a clean, fast and accessible public transport network to help keep our city moving as we grow, and Stage 2 will provide the southern spine for our integrated network. The 2019 Budget allocates $68.6 million for early works on Stage 2. At the same time, we are finalising the business case and progressing applications for necessary Commonwealth approvals through the Parliamentary Triangle.
|Duplicating William Slim Drive|
Duplicate William Slim Drive to reduce congestion.
The 2019-20 Budget delivers funding to undertake this significant duplication in partnership with the Commonwealth.
|Duplicating Gundaroo Drive|
Duplicate a large stretch of Gundaroo Drive, from Gungahlin Drive to the Barton Highway.
Construction on the duplication of Gundaroo drive is underway and expected to be completed by mid-2020.
|Duplicating Athllon Drive|
Duplicate Athllon Drive
We have committed funding in the 2019-20 Budget to duplicate Athllon Drive between Sulwood Drive and Drakeford Drive, making it easier to people to move around in the Tuggeranong Valley.
|Introducing new Rapid routes|
Introduce new Rapid routes to provide better services through town centres and major destinations, including the provision of priority infrastructure projects and bus fleet renewal and growth.
In April 2019, we launched the new integrated public transport network, which includes 10 Rapid bus and light rail routes, with a month of free travel for all Canberrans. The new network delivers more buses more often, seamless ticketing between bus and light rail, and upgraded interchanges. In the new network, passengers are able to access more frequent local services which will connect with direct Rapid services at town centres all day, every day. To support the network, 40 new buses are already operational and in service, up to 40 buses are currently being procured and an additional 84 buses have been funded in the 2019-20 Budget. As the new network rolls out, we are continuing to add supporting facilities like Park & Ride carparks and bike lockers and cages at key destination points.
|Relaunching Xpresso Routes|
Relaunch the Xpresso routes as ‘Peak Express’ services, with a trial from Gungahlin to Tuggeranong. A rebranding and marketing campaign will be undertaken to encourage more people to use these ‘Peak Express’ services.
The release and launch of Canberra’s new bus network has met the intent of this commitment by making it faster and easier for people to get around by public transport. In the new network, passengers are able to access more frequent local services which will connect with direct Rapid services at town centres all day, every day. This delivers a faster and more reliable network which provides passengers with greater flexibility in their transport options throughout the week.
|Expanding the Inner North flexible bus service|
Expand the reach and accessibility of the flexible bus service to the Inner North.
We have provided an expanded Inner North flexible bus service from September 2017, improving access to public transport for Canberrans in the North.
|Introducing free bus travel for seniors|
Encourage bus patronage by implementing free off-peak bus travel for seniors and concession card holders (excluding students) on all routes.
As of January 2017 seniors and eligible concession card holders travel for free during off-peak periods. This builds on our work to grow social inclusion and supports Canberrans to stay active in our community.
|Initial period of free travel on Rapid routes|
Encourage bus patronage by implementing a period of free bus travel on new Rapid routes for all travellers.
We provided two months free travel on the new Black and Green Rapid routes when launched in 2017. We also provided one month of free travel for all MyWay cardholders to coincide with the launch of light rail and Canberra’s new bus network in April 2019.
|Upgrading and maintaining our road network|
Construct upgrades to the roundabout at Gundaroo Drive/Anthony Rolfe Avenue/Mirrabei Drive (Gungahlin).
We completed upgrades to the roundabout at Gundaroo Drive/Anthony Rolfe Avenue/Mirrabei Drive in Gungahlin in October 2018.
Construct upgrades at Kuringa Drive and Owen Dixon Drive (Belconnen).
Funding has been delivered and we are progressing the delivery of upgrades to Kuringa Drive and Owen Dixon Drive in Belconnen.
Deliver upgrades to our road networks.
We have committed $14 million in the 2019-20 Budget to deliver upgrades at key streets, including: Southern Cross Drive and Starke Street in Belconnen; Belconnen Way and Springvale Drive in Belconnen; Launceston Street and Irving Street in Woden.
Design Canberra’s future roads.
We have committed funding in the 2019-20 Budget for the design of new roads including: the northbound duplication of William Hovell Drive; Athllon Drive in Woden; and extending Morisset road in Kenny.
|Delivering footpath and cycleway improvements|
Improve the walking and cycling infrastructure to make it easier and safer for children to travel to school on foot or by bike, including adding another 50 schools to the Active Streets for Schools program to improve suburban streets and paths.
We provided $2 million for the Active Streets for Schools program, delivering new and upgraded footpaths, improving road crossings, slowing traffic around schools, and providing more bike storage facilities. We expanded the Active Streets for Schools program with the inclusion of 52 new schools, improving suburban streets and paths to make it easier and safer for children to ride, walk, scooter or skate to and from school.
Extend the Age-Friendly Suburbs program to Stirling, Page, Isabella Plains and Narrabundah by delivering improved footpaths, additional ramps and upgraded lighting.
Since 2016, we have provided $30 million of additional investment in footpath maintenance, cycling and walking route upgrades and age-friendly suburb improvements across Canberra. We held a series of community engagement sessions on the Age Friendly Suburbs program in Stirling, Page, Isabella Plains and Narrabundah in May 2019. Community engagement will be completed in mid-2019, with construction of the improvements through 2019 and 2020.
Provide $2.7 million for general footpath upgrades to be spent according to requests from the public.
We are providing $2.7 million in general footpath upgrades through the Active Travel Package, which will be prioritised according to requests nominated by the public. Construction will begin in mid-2019.
|Delivering upgrades to Stirling Avenue|
Upgrade the Stirling Avenue walkway starting in Watson.
We delivered upgrades to the Stirling Avenue walkway in May 2018, addressing erosion, improving drainage, reducing trip hazards in the trail surface and protecting tree roots.
|Building the Belconnen Bikeway|
Provide $4.7 million to build a dedicated bikeway connecting the Belconnen town centre, the University of Canberra, Radford College and the Canberra Institute of Technology’s Bruce campus.
We have allocated the funding to build a dedicated 4.7 km bikeway connecting the higher education institutions in Belconnen with the town centre. Construction will commence in mid-2019 and be completed in mid-2020.
|Facilitating bike hub investment and operations|
Facilitate the establishment of bike hubs by the private sector (such as those operating in Brisbane).
We supported the successful Airbike dockless bike trial, which launched in July 2018 and was extended for another 12 months from April 2019.
|Increasing bike racks in Braddon|
Invest in more bike racks in Braddon, using the racks that were part of a competition earlier this year to be installed in key locations in the inner north.
We delivered this commitment in November 2017, investing in more bike racks in key locations in Braddon to support our aim to get more Canberrans cycling on their daily commute.
|Implementing traffic management plans for schools|
Develop individual traffic management plans for every school.
We are preparing to deliver this commitment with work expected to get underway in mid-2019.
|Increasing active travel|
Raise the profile of the Active Travel Office.
We delivered a range of Active Travel focussed community engagement programs in 2017, including Walk and Ride week. Promotional activities are ongoing.
Adopt the World Health Organisation’s Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT) for Budget assessment of active travel projects.
Funding was delivered in the 2018 Budget to implement the HEAT Tool and we are preparing to implement this in future budget rounds.
|Delivering innovative transport options for Canberra|
Conduct a strategic assessment of innovative transport options for Canberra, including better utilisation and connection of taxis and buses in off-peak periods.
We delivered this commitment in December 2016 with the introduction of a new Nightrider service linking the public transport system with ridesharing services, assisting Canberrans to get home safely and efficiently.
Conduct a strategic assessment of innovative transport options for Canberra, including autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicle trials.
We have started early policy and regulatory conversations to understand how emerging technologies, such as e-scooters and drones, can play a safe and legal role in Canberra’s integrated transport network. We are expecting to deliver this commitment in October 2019.
|Developing a bus fleet management strategy|
Develop a bus fleet management strategy, with new and replacement buses to be purchased following evaluation of the sustainable fuels bus trial, prioritising green technologies such as hybrid and electric buses, and considering criteria including value for money and operational cost, environmental performance, energy efficiency and sourcing, and disability accessibility compliance.
We delivered this commitment in January 2019 with completion of the sustainable fuels bus trial. This trial will inform future bus fleet management activities. Through the 2019-20 Budget we will advance the purchase of 84 modern and fuel-efficient buses to improve accessibility and passenger comfort, increase reliability and lower maintenance costs on the new public transport network. The new buses will be added to the fleet on a rolling basis so that the ACT retains the flexibility to transition to emerging types of low-emissions vehicles if these become viable in the near future.
Boosting services for our city and suburbs
|Commitment||Details||Progress update||Current status|
|Creating a more liveable Canberra|
Provide $3 million to improve Gungahlin Town Centre.
We delivered this commitment with the completion of the Hibberson Street shared zone in October 2018.
Provide $3 million to improve Belconnen Town Centre.
We are undertaking design work for the Lake Ginninderra foreshore path extension and Benjamin Way protected bike lanes, with community engagement expected to be completed in mid-2019. Construction is expected to begin in late 2019 and to be completed by mid-2020.
Provide $3 million to improve Tuggeranong Town Centre and Anketell Street.
We provided $3 million to upgrade Tuggeranong Town Centre, Anketell Street and the area between Anketell Street and Lake Tuggeranong. In consultation with the community, these upgrades include better footpaths, better cycle connections, public art, new trees, improved street furniture, bike racks, the Tuggeranong Town Park gazebo and areas for the community to gather. These improvements are underway and expected to be completed in mid-2019.
Provide $2 million to improve Kambah Village.
We commenced construction work at Kambah Village in April 2019, delivering new wheelchair accessible toilets, a new shaded common area and green space, playground equipment and more parking.
Provide $2 million to improve Kippax Town Centre.
Capital works plans are being developed following the finalisation and release of the Kippax Masterplan.
|Delivering ACT infrastructure projects|
Appoint a Chief Engineer to deliver strategic oversight of ACT Government infrastructure projects, progress registration of engineers, work with engineering bodies to deliver an engineering workforce plan and properly harmonise policies with Victoria and Queensland.
The Chief Engineer was announced in April and will commence in the role in June 2019. We provided funding in the 2018-19 Budget to commence work on engineer registration and carry out detailed policy work, analysis and consultation in 2019-20. This complements ongoing reforms to regulations dealing with building design, under the Building Act 2004.
|Ensuring independent auditors for building certifiers|
Establish a self-funding, independent auditor panel to conduct mandatory annual audits of building certifiers.
We are progressing this initiative in conjunction with reforms to regulations dealing with building design, under the Building Act 2004.
|Providing housing choices for all Canberrans|
Encourage universal housing design initiatives and hold a roundtable to promote the construction of new homes and apartments that meet the Liveable Housing Design Silver and Gold Levels. Play an active role at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to push for Universal Design Standards.
We are delivering this commitment through the Housing Choices Demonstration Project, which will encourage the development of accessible housing projects. The national Building Ministers’ Forum is currently assessing minimum accessibility standards for housing, with an options paper released for public consultation.
|Upgrading Canberra’s sporting facilities|
Provide $1.25 million to restore sporting facilities at Kippax.
We have delivered $1.25 million to restore sporting facilities at Kippax. This work is underway and expected to be completed in early 2020.
Carry out design work for playing fields at Stromlo Forest Park.
We have allocated $200,000 in the 2019-20 Budget to undertake design and planning for the Stromlo Forest Park District Playing Fields.
Provide $200,000 to the Tuggeranong Rowing Club to support permanent club facilities.
We provided $200,000 in the 2018-19 Budget for permanent club facilities at the Tuggeranong Rowing Club.
Undertake feasibility studies into the construction of two multi-purpose indoor sports centres in Woden and Gungahlin.
We completed the Planning for Indoor Facilities and other Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Report in May 2019 and are progressing further planning for basketball, gymnastics and futsal facilities in Belconnen and Gungahlin, alongside consideration of indoor sport facility provision in future school upgrades or developments.
Consult with the Ice Sports Federation on a location for a new ice sports facility in South Canberra and undertake community and industry consultation on planning for the new venue.
We completed the ACT Ice Sports Facility Options Analysis Report in December 2018 and have opened an Expression of Interest (EOI) process seeking interest from suitably qualified and experienced parties to design, construct, operate and maintain a new ice sports facility in the ACT.
Deliver playing fields for football and cricket in the new suburb of Throsby, with future scope for tennis facilities.
We are partnering with Capital Football to deliver a ‘Home of Football’ in Throsby with construction to commence in 2020. The needs of other sports, including cricket and tennis are being explored in adjacent suburbs.
Install lights at Calwell Oval.
We delivered this commitment in April 2018 with the installation of floodlighting at Calwell Oval.
|Increasing motorsports participation|
Provide $200,000 for upgrades to the Circuit Mark Webber track, $400,000 over four years to subsidise motorsports training and explore a bid for the World Rally Championships and Asia Pacific Rally Championship Series.
We provided $200,000 in 2017-18 to upgrade the Circuit Mark Webber track. Through the Motor Sports Education and Training Program and Sport and Recreation Grants Program, we are providing financial assistance to eligible ACT clubs to support education and training activities that enhance the experiences and safety of motor sports participants.
|Commissioning a business case for a new Canberra Theatre complex|
Commission a detailed business case for a new Canberra Theatre complex
We are currently developing a business case for a new Canberra Theatre Complex
|Upgrading suburban and CBD arts facilities|
As part of $880,000 for arts centres upgrades, allocate funding to upgrade Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Ainslie Arts Centre, Watson Arts Centre, Strathnairn and Gorman House.
We provided $880,000 in the 2017-18 Budget and additional funding to 2021-22 to deliver upgrades and prepare designs for five arts centres across the City, including the Ainslie Arts Centre, Gorman House Arts Centre, Strathnairn, Tuggeranong Arts Centre and Watson Arts Centre.
Complete Stage 2 of the Belconnen Arts Centre, to allow a wider range of use by community, artistic and performance groups.
We provided $15 million in the 2017-18 Budget to deliver Stage 2 of the Belconnen Arts Centre by March 2020. A further $700,000 was provided in the 2018-19 Budget to build on this support. This work is on track and the upgrades will enable a wider range of use for community, artistic and performance groups.
|Supporting a more creative and liveable Canberra|
Provide $750,000 per year for arts programs, with the majority of funding to be made available each year to support grants for Canberra artists.
We provided ongoing funding of $750,000 a year in the 2017-18 Budget to support Canberra artists.
Provide additional arts grant funding including $110,000 in 2016-17 and $130,000 in subsequent financial years to fund the Art, Not Apart Festival.
We delivered this commitment in November 2017, providing $110,000 in 2016-17 for arts grant funding and $130,000 in three subsequent financial years to fund the Art, Not Apart Festival.
Take arts to the suburbs, beyond our arts centres, bringing community arts festivals to Woden and Gungahlin.
We are on track to deliver this commitment. Belconnen and Tuggeranong Arts Centres have been engaged to deliver ‘pop up’ activities using an arts and cultural development framework and have a focus on new and emerging local artists.
Provide $105,000 over three years to fund the ongoing work of Kulture Break.
We delivered this commitment in November 2017, providing $105,000 over three years to support the ongoing work of Kulture Break.
Provide $75,000 in 2017-18 to provide improved signage at centres such as Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres.
We provided $75,000 in the 2017-18 Budget to deliver improved signage at centres such as Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres. This project is expected to be finalised by mid-2019.
|Establishing a Canberra Arts Biennial|
Establish a Canberra Arts Biennial.
We provided $75,000 in 2019-20 to establish a Canberra Arts Biennial showcasing local, national and international artists. Planning and public consultation for the event has commenced.
|Investing in Enlighten|
Provide $3.7 million over three years to strengthen and grow the Enlighten festival.
Events ACT successfully delivered the Enlighten Festival throughout March 2017, 2018 and 2019 with the latter two years featuring an expanded event footprint and program. This expanded Enlighten Festival will run through March 2020.
|Investing in the Floriade Fringe|
Provide $250,000 in 2017-18 for the inaugural Floriade Fringe festival.
We provided $250,000 in 2017-18 for the inaugural Floriade Fringe, which was successfully delivered in October 2017.
|Investing in events|
Double the Major Events Fund, so that the ACT can take advantage of one-off opportunities to showcase our city across the nation, the region and the globe.
Between 2017 and 2020, we have fully allocated the Major Events Fund to support a number of events and exhibits, including the Hyper Real and Love and Desire exhibits at the National Gallery of Australia; Songlines and Rome at the National Museum of Australia; Summernats; the Night Noodle Markets 2018; and the Major Theatre Fund.
|Creating a new Innovation Festival|
Deliver a new festival in Winter 2020.
We provided $1.8 million over three years in the 2018-19 Budget, starting in 2019-20, to deliver a new festival focused on innovation, design, coding and gaming. Early concept planning is underway, exploring the future of technology, culture, democracy, society and humanity.
|Sponsoring the Canberra Writers Festival|
Provide $125,000 sponsorship of the Canberra Writers Festival for three years.
We are supporting the 2018 and 2019 Canberra Writers’ Festival.
|Providing annual funding for events|
Deliver the Windows to the World event, to enhance programs delivered by the embassies and high commissions and promote the event more widely outside the Territory.
We have allocated $150,000 in 2019-20 and a further $150,000 in 2021-22 to deliver the Windows to the World event.
Double the Canberra Theatre’s Major Shows Fund, bringing more big productions to Canberra.
We are continuing to invest in the Canberra Theatre’s Major Shows Fund, with Mama Mia the first major show supported by this initiative in 2017 and West Side Story approved for 2019.
|Strengthening the ACT live music scene|
Encourage a dynamic entertainment culture by strengthening the ACT live music scene.
We are committed to encouraging a dynamic entertainment culture by strengthening the ACT live music scene. Initiatives will be announced later in 2019, informed by the Urban Sounds Discussion Paper community consultation. MusicACT has been funded to support capacity building programs for the live contemporary music sector including in artist management, recording, touring, and promoting. This funding will also facilitate the creation of more opportunities for Canberra all-ages shows.
|Developing Eco Tourism at Mulligans Flat|
Provide $1.6 million to build a visitor centre in Throsby, near the Mulligans Flat sanctuary.
The Woodlands and Wetlands Trust is progressing towards seeking approval to construct a Woodland Learning Centre at Throsby. The Woodland Learning Centre will be the gateway to the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary and be a place for the public to learn and experience this region’s unique woodlands.
|Activating Canberra’s parks and open community spaces|
Establish a network of micro parks, small green spaces in Civic and other high density locations, to enable ACT community to better use open spaces.
We provided $90,000 in the 2018-19 Budget to undertake a feasibility study that will identify suitable locations for micro parks. Civic and other medium-to-high density areas will be key considerations for park locations to improve the amenity of the public realm and activate under-used spaces.
Establish an ‘Adopt a Park’ scheme.
The ACT Government is preparing to establish an ‘Adopt a Park’ scheme to increase amenity and usage of local open spaces. Works will commence in 2019-20.
|Moving the border in West Belconnen|
Actively progress discussions with the NSW Government and Yass Valley Council regarding moving the ACT/NSW border in West Belconnen.
Action on moving the border is dependent on the NSW Government’s approval to rezone land in Yass Valley as part of the Ginninderry development. We continue to engage with the NSW and Commonwealth Governments on this issue.
|Creating better suburbs|
Provide an additional $600,000 for weed control, and develop a four year program to deliver weed and pest animal control.
We are delivering this commitment through the Better Suburbs Statement and associated Action Plan. In the 2018-19 Budget, we provided $1.7 million over four years for extra weed control on arterial roads across Canberra, and $3.1 million in funding to protect the ACT’s biodiversity by employing more rangers and investing in more habitat management to reduce the impact of invasive plants and animals.
Provide an additional $1 million for mowing, $250,000 for graffiti prevention, and $160,000 for lake cleaning.
We are delivering this commitment across Canberra through the Better Suburbs Statement and associated Action Plan. In the 2018-29 Budget, we provided an additional $1.7 million over four years for more mowing, $1.1 million over four years for more graffiti prevention measures, and $714,000 over four years for more lake and pond cleaning.
|Improving waste collection in the ACT|
Roll out green bins to all of Canberra by mid-2020, to reduce the amount of organic waste going into landfill.
We launched a green waste bin trial in Belconnen in September 2018, rolling out green waste bin collection services across all of Canberra in April 2019. Green bins are collected fortnightly and cost a one-off registration fee of $50, which is waived for pensioners and concession card holders. This initiative supports effective waste management practices in the ACT.
Introduce a kerbside ‘hard waste’ collection service to allow Canberrans to more easily dispose of bulky items.
We have engaged with the public and key stakeholders on bulky waste service delivery models, and are finalising the delivery model and rollout plan.
Install 100 recycling bins around the city and invest in 40 new standard bins and 10 more solar smart bins, a new rubbish truck and additional staff to increase recycling rates and improve the amenity and health of the waterways and parklands.
Funding has been provided in the 2019-20 Budget to deliver this commitment progressively over the next four financial years, to be completed in 2022-23.
|Reducing registration fees for caravans and trailers|
Halve the ACT registration fees for caravans and trailers, to align the ACT with NSW registration fees.
We delivered this commitment in July 2017 by aligning the ACT’s registration fees with those of NSW.
Justice, police and emergency services
|Commitment||Details||Progress update||Current status|
|Supporting our emergency services|
Provide ACT Emergency Services with additional support, particularly around resourcing, structural and organisational reform, and increasing diversity in the firefighting workforce.
We are continuing to provide ACT Emergency Services with additional resourcing and support to meet demand as our city grows. In May 2018 we commenced a feasibility study for a new fire and ambulance station in Civic and are adding two ambulances to our fleet. We are recruiting more firefighters and an additional 24 ambulance officers, with a focus on increasing female representation and cultural diversity.
As of August 2017, we provide a $100 per annum gym/sporting membership subsidy for volunteer firefighters. We have also introduced a new road transport offence requiring drivers to reduce their speed to 40km/h when passing or overtaking a stationary or slow moving emergency vehicle that is displaying a blue or red flashing light, to ensure the safety of emergency services personnel. The 2019-20 Budget delivers a new aerial firefighter pump, as well as funding to contract another firefighting helicopter and remote access fire teams. It also provides for the purchase of a new pumper for ACT Fire and Rescue, augmenting the existing vehicle replacement program. The 2019-20 Budget will resource ACT Fire & Rescue to undertake two recruit colleges hiring 36 additional firefighters.
|Expanding the definition of domestic violence and sexual violence reforms|
Undertake legislative reforms to expand the definition of domestic violence in the Crimes Act to include emotional and social violence and implement any outstanding Australian Law Reform Committee (ALRC) recommendations on sexual assault.
We are keeping Canberrans safer by expanding the definition of domestic violence and with the Family Violence Act 2016 and the Personal Violence Act 2016 which commenced on 1 May 2017.
|Supporting a Drug and Alcohol Court|
Develop and articulate a goal to reduce recidivism by 25 per cent by 2025, create a strategy and fund associated support programs.
We announced the establishment of a Drug and Alcohol Court in the 2018-19 Budget, with scheduled commencement of operations by December 2019. The Drug and Alcohol Court is a key part of our efforts to reduce recidivism in Canberra.
|Supporting Justice Reinvestment|
Provide ongoing funding for Justice Reinvestment programs and assess the need for additional resourcing.
We are supporting Justice Reinvestment initiatives such as the Bail Support trial, which was launched on 7 December 2017, and the Yarrabi Bamirr justice reinvestment trial that commenced in April 2017 in partnership with Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services. We are now providing ongoing funding for Yarrabi Bamirr Justice Reinvestment Program. This followed a successful evaluation report of the trial by the ANU in conjunction with trial partner Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services. Other organisations now involved include the Aboriginal Legal Service, Mulleun Mura Women’s Legal Service and additional Aboriginal organisation partners will be announced later in 2019.
|Introducing an ACT Rights of Victims Charter|
Introduce an ACT Rights of Victims Charter.
A Charter of Rights for Victims of Crime and a number of initiatives to support agencies to uphold rights are under development. It is anticipated that a Charter will commence in 2020-21. An ACT Charter of Rights for Victims of Crime will ensure victims have a clear understanding of their rights, are treated with respect and have access to complaints resolution and remedies if their rights are breached.
|Considering a ‘Right to Appeal’ Law|
Explore the benefits of enacting a ‘Right to Appeal’ Law and develop a submission for Cabinet consideration.
Initial exploration commenced, with further work underway through 2019.
|Funding for community legal services|
Fund existing community legal services and assess the need for any additional funding as part of Budget consideration.
We provided $2.8 million over four years in the 2017-18 Budget to support community legal services in the ACT, ensuring vulnerable Canberrans are supported through the legal system. The 2019-20 Budget also provides further support to Care Inc. and the Women’s Legal Centre so that they can continue providing legal services to disadvantaged groups within the ACT.
|Delivering the Liquor Reform Package|
Fund six new police to curb alcohol-fuelled violence in Civic.
We provided funding in the 2017-18 Budget as part of the ‘Nightlife Package’ to support safer nightlife precincts in the city for Canberrans. ACT Policing is utilising the Government’s investment to support 978 10-hour shifts annually. This allows experienced community policing officers assist in the prevention and disruption of alcohol fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour in the entertainment precinct.
Provide funding for an education campaign on responsible alcohol consumption and amend liquor licencing fees to support low risk venues.
We delivered amendments to liquor licencing fees with the introduction and passage of the Liquor Amendment Act 2017 and we are working to develop and deliver an education campaign on responsible alcohol consumption.
|Equipping all ACT police with Conducted Energy Weapons.|
Provide $2.7 million over three years to the Australian Federal Police to equip all ACT police officers with Conducted Energy Weapons.
As of March 2019, we have rolled out over 480 kits of Conducted Energy Weapons to ACT Policing Officers, linked to new body worn cameras.
Protecting our environment and leading the transition to a zero emissions future
|Commitment||Details||Progress update||Current status|
|Achieving 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2020|
Achieve 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2020.
We are on track to achieve 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2020 with all of the necessary supply contracts with wind and solar providers now in place.
|Signing up to the Under2MoU|
Commit to the Under2MOU, which aims to limit global warming to under two degrees celsius, and set firm interim targets to reach zero ACT net emissions by 2050.
We continue to be nationally and internationally recognised for our proactive and collaborative leadership on climate action. We signed the ‘Under 2 MoU’ and introduced new interim emission reduction targets in July 2018 to guide progress towards achieving net zero emissions by 2045.
|Establishing a Container Deposit Scheme|
Establish a Container Deposit Scheme to improve recycling and reduce rubbish in public places
We launched the ACT’s Container Deposit Scheme on 30 June 2018, with more than 7.6 million containers being recycled through the scheme within its first six months of operation. By June 2019 there will be 18 return points operating across Canberra, making it more convenient for everyone to take part.
|Funding for Environmental Defenders’ Office|
Provide $140,000 per year for two years to the Environmental Defenders’ Office (ACT).
We invested $140,000 per year for two years from November 2016 to the Environmental Defenders’ Office and are continuing to work with the Office on its longer-term funding model.
|Tackling environmental issues|
Provide $800,000 over four years for community groups to tackle local environmental issues.
The Community Zero Emissions Grants program is fully funded over four years, and in the past two years we have awarded over $285,000 in grants to groups like SEE-Change and the Canberra Environment Centre, which are working with the community on ways to reduce the ACT’s environmental footprint and cut the amount of waste to landfill.
|Expanding our urban forest|
Plant a further 1,330 trees over a three year period.
We are delivering this commitment, with the 2018-19 planting program to be completed in Autumn 2019 and further annual programs planned for 2019-20 and 2020-21. This is in addition to light rail corridor plantings and trees needing to be replaced.
|Implementing the Waste Feasibility Study|
Implement key findings of the Waste Feasibility Study to ensure national best practise.
We are progressing recommendations from the ACT Waste Feasibility Study to minimise waste and implement best practise waste management in the ACT.
|Reviewing energy efficiency ratings scheme|
Review the effectiveness of the Energy Efficiency Ratings Scheme.
We provided $300,000 in 2017-18 in funding to review the effectiveness of the Energy Efficiency Ratings Scheme and we are currently developing a discussion paper for public consultation.
|Assessing green bonds|
Conduct an assessment of a Sustainable Bonds scheme to fund sustainable Infrastructure.
We conducted an assessment of a Sustainable Bonds scheme to fund sustainable infrastructure and have used this assessment to inform our decision making on the direction of the ACT’s future borrowing program.
|Tackling environmental issues|
Provide $100,000 for the Consumer Energy Advocate.
We provided $50,000, which was matched by Energy Consumers Australia, to support the Advocate position for two years. The Energy Consumer Advocate commenced work in late 2016.
|Improving energy efficiency in rental properties|
Undertake a regulatory impact statement into setting minimum Energy Efficiency Requirements for rental properties.
We are currently investigating regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to improve the energy efficiency of rental properties in the ACT.
|Exploring possibilities for a new national park|
Undertake a feasibility study into establishing a new northern Canberra region National Park, including existing nature reserves around Mount Majura, Mount Ainslie and Mulligans Flat.
We received advice from the National Park Feasibility Reference Group in July 2017 recommending that the ACT Government not support the establishment of a new northern national park in Canberra.
|Improving cat management in the ACT|
Expand and ensure the effectiveness of cat containment and increase funding for cat de-sexing.
We have expanded cat containment to Strathnairn, MacNamara and Gungahlin Town Centre (East). Community consultation to inform the ACT Cat Plan and guide future cat management initiatives is underway. In addition, we provided $20,000 in 2018-19 for a cat de-sexing subsidy scheme, to support more Canberrans to de-sex their pets.
|Developing an eco-tourism strategy|
Develop a new eco-tourism strategy to make better use of Canberra’s natural assets.
We prepared a draft eco-tourism strategy, which was released for community consultation on 13 September 2018. The strategy is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
Continuing to make Canberra even more inclusive
|Commitment||Details||Progress update||Current status|
|Develop a housing strategy|
Develop a new Affordable Housing Strategy to deliver more affordable housing options.
We delivered this commitment in October 2018, with the release of the ACT Housing Strategy. The strategy provides a roadmap for housing in the ACT for the next decade.
|Providing housing and support for all Canberrans|
Renew Canberra’s ageing public housing stock.
We are renewing Canberran’s ageing public housing stock by securing 1,288 replacement public housing dwellings, supporting more Canberrans to secure a home. We recently confirmed over 1,000 new and renewed dwellings had been completed.
Support Uniting City Early Morning Centre’s provision of essential housing and homelessness services.
We have expanded community access to Uniting City Early Morning Centre services by revising our contract with the centre in June 2018 to provide for extended service delivery hours and increased service capacity.
Provide improved accommodation options for persons on low incomes and/or experiencing homelessness.
The 2019-20 Budget fully delivers the funding to construct a second Common Ground community housing complex in Dickson. Common Ground 2 will provide 40 housing units to improve accommodation options for vulnerable Canberrans.
|Investing in new approaches to achieve more affordable housing|
Create an innovation fund to support new approaches to affordable housing.
We invested $1 million to establish an Affordable Housing Innovation Fund, launched in October 2017. Funding for three projects under round one was awarded following a competitive grant selection process and announced in August 2018.
Provide support to establish HomeGround Real Estate.
We awarded $230,000 to Community Housing Canberra (CHC) to establish an Affordable Rental Real Estate Management Model (similar to ‘HomeGround’) under round one of the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund. The grant was announced on 21 August 2018 following a competitive grant process.
Establish a Home Share program for older Canberrans.
We have sought expressions of interest under Round two of the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund to establish or expand a Home Sharing scheme in the ACT. The aim of the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund is to increase the supply of affordable housing in the ACT.
Support a Nightingale Housing Model in Canberra.
We have awarded $15,000 to the Environmental Collective Housing Organisation and $35,000 to Smart Urban Villages to develop co-housing projects under Round one of the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund. The grants were announced on 21 August 2018 following a competitive grant process.
|Affordable housing targets|
Set affordable housing targets across greenfield and urban renewal development projects, with structures to prevent resale windfall projects.
We have delivered this commitment. The City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency (Housing Target) Determination 2018 (No 2) sets out the public, community and affordable housing targets for Government land releases scheduled in 2018-19. This target was set as part of the ACT Housing Strategy, launched in 2018. Targets for 2019-20 have been announced through the 2019-20 Indicative Land Release Program.
|Grow and diversify the not-for-profit community housing sector|
Grow and diversify the not-for-profit community housing sector, through a combination of capital investment, land transfer and other means.
We have set Community Housing targets in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 land release programs to ensure dedicated land is set aside for the community housing sector to increase the supply of affordable rental properties. Other measures for growing and diversifying the community housing sector are underway through the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund and actions under the ACT Housing Strategy, released in October 2018.
|Strengthening specialist homelessness and housing support services|
Strengthen specialist homelessness and housing support services to make sure vulnerable groups, such as older women, indigenous communities and women escaping violence get the support they need.
Housing ACT is undertaking procurement activities to deliver professional development and training programs for the ACT Specialist Housing and Homelessness Sector. This training will enable the specialist homelessness sector to better support people with lived experience of trauma.
Convene a homelessness summit bringing together all key stakeholders to develop innovative proposals to combat homelessness.
We delivered this commitment on 17 October 2017 with the convening of the ACT Housing Summit.
|MyHome in Canberra|
Work with community and business partners to construct purpose built accommodation for people experiencing mental health concerns and housing difficulties, utilising the ‘MyHome for Canberra’ project plan.
We are working through the findings in the final report on the Support Requirements and Accommodation Options for High and Complex Needs Cohort Study. The report and key findings will inform delivery of the ‘MyHome for Canberra’ project plan. The ACT Government is currently working with community and business partners to progress this project.
|Expanding services for homeless Canberrans - extending operating hours for the OneLink service|
Expand the operating hours of the OneLink service to increase referrals to homelessness supports.
We introduced a pilot program in April 2019, extending opening hours for the OneLink service to Saturdays and Sundays. Lessons learnt from the pilot program will inform the future weekend service delivery model for OneLink.
|Increasing housing for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People|
Build a second purpose built Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander older persons accommodation.
We delivered funding through the 2018-19 Budget to construct up to 10 dedicated homes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander older people. We are working together with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body to deliver this project at a site in Lyons. A development application has been submitted and construction is expected to commence in mid-2019.
|Supporting people with disability in the ACT|
Create a new policy unit to monitor and support the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the ACT and to oversee grants that will improve the ability of people with disabilities to participate in mainstream community groups.
We established a dedicated NDIS policy unit in the Office for Disability on the 1 July 2017. Grants have been provided in 2017 and 2018 through the Disability inclusion program to support the inclusion of all people with a disability in our community. Further grants are scheduled to be awarded in 2019
|Improving access to justice for people with disability|
Develop and implement a disability justice strategy.
We developed discussion guide and engaged with the public and key stakeholders to better understand how people with a disability can be better supported and have equal access to the protection of the law. A ‘What We Heard’ report has been published and work continues on the disability justice strategy. This strategy will focus on supporting people with disability to overcome the barriers they face in accessing their legal rights.
|Building an inclusive and welcoming Canberra|
Create an Office of LGBTIQ+ Affairs for the ACT to support the LGBTIQ+ Ministerial Advisory Council, provide whole of Government advice on LGBTIQ+ issues and develop policy to ensure Canberra continues to be the most welcoming city in Australia for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer persons.
We announced funding for the Office of LGBTIQ+ Affairs as part of the 2017-18 Budget and it was established in early 2017. The Office has launched a grants program and will soon release the Capital of Equality strategy to ensure people who identify as LGBTIQ+, their families and communities are visible, valued and respected and that Canberra’s government services are inclusive.
Provide $500,000 to A Gender Agenda, a unique local support and advocacy organisation, for staffing and counselling costs over the coming years.
We provided $500,000 in July 2017 through to 30 June 2020 to support A Gender Agenda and have delivered additional funding to build their organisational capacity to provide greater support for intersex, transgender and gender diverse people and their families.
Maintain Canberra’s reputation as inclusive and welcoming for everyone, by funding refugee support programs and services for our LGBTIQ+ communities.
We are delivering this commitment with the new Canberra Inclusive Partnership initiative to support and strengthen LGBTIQ+ people, communities, families and allies. We are also fulfilling this commitment through ongoing support for services and community-driven initiatives that improve the social and emotional wellbeing, inclusion and participation of refugees in our community.
Provide annual funding for SpringOUT, to celebrate and strengthen the lives and rights of LGBTIQ+ members of our community.
We have supported SpringOUT for the past three years to foster LGBTIQ+ inclusion in the ACT.
|Funding for new and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander controlled organisations|
Establish a fund of $100,000 over four years to provide ‘seed funding’ grants for new and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander controlled organisations.
We have established the New and Emerging Organisation Support program. The grants application process opened on 30 November 2018 and assessment of applications are currently underway.
|Supporting the implementation of the ACT Multicultural Framework|
Establish an ongoing Multicultural Advisory Board to assist with the implementation of the ACT Multicultural Framework. Convene a multicultural summit.
We convened the first ACT Multicultural Summit on 23 November 2018. The Second Action Plan for the ACT Multicultural Framework will be developed in partnership with the Multicultural Advisory Council.
|Increase job support for refugees and asylum seekers|
Provide a $1.2 million job support package for refugees and asylum seekers
In 2018 we invested $368,400 to provide employment assistance and services to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. The Office for Multicultural Affairs is progressing design work for a further three years investment in employment support services for Canberran’s multicultural community.
|Investing in women’s sport|
Provide a $2.5 million package to develop women’s sport in the ACT.
We are expanding our investment in women’s sport, including the provision of $100,000 per annum over four years for Her Canberra and a further $25,000 per annum over four years to Her Canberra to establish an online portal; $250,000 per annum for four years for the Canberra Capitals; and $125,000 per annum for four years for Canberra United Football Club.
Provide a $500,000 package to invest in female friendly sporting infrastructure.
We are investing $500,000 over four years toward making sporting infrastructure in the ACT more female friendly.
|Multicultural Advisory Board|
Establish an ongoing multicultural advisory board to assist with the implementation of the ACT Multicultural Framework.
We established the ACT Multicultural Advisory Council on 15 September 2017. The Advisory Council is assisting the Government to implement the ACT Multicultural Framework.
|Expanding English language programs|
Provide $208,000 for English language programs.
We announced funding for the expansion of the English language program in the 2017-18 Budget. This commitment was delivered in May 2018.
|Strengthening language and cultural programs in ACT schools|
Continue funding support for dedicated culture and language programs in ACT schools and after-school programs.
We delivered this commitment in early 2018 and are continuing work to strengthen the learning and teaching of Ngunnawal history and culture in ACT public schools.
|Consider cultural connections in planning assessments|
Ensure cultural connections are considered in planning and heritage assessments.
The Heritage Act 2004 already makes provision for recognising, registering and conserving Aboriginal places and objects, and for involving Aboriginal people in decisions affecting those places and objects.
|Upgrading school infrastructure for community groups|
Provide $100,000 for minor works at schools to facilitate easier access for sporting groups, multicultural groups and other community users.
We allocated $100,000 in the 2018-19 Budget to the Public School Infrastructure Upgrade Program, and have recently completed work to provide better community facilities at Campbell High School and Melrose High School.
|Celebrating the history of Indigenous Australia|
Hold major events in 2017 to mark both the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 referendum and the 25th Anniversary of the Mabo Decision.
We supported two successful events to mark these significant occasions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on 27 May and 3 June 2017.
|Investing in an independent charitable fund|
Establish an independent charitable fund to distribute nominated community funds to charitable and community causes levied on venues operating electronic gaming machines in the ACT.
We established the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund through a $5 million grant announced in the 2018-19 Budget. The fund provides additional help to the most vulnerable members of our community. Through the Community Contributions Scheme we have also introduced a requirement on clubs with Electronic Gaming Machines to contribute 0.4 per cent of net gaming revenues to the fund.
|Supporting small and medium clubs to transition away from gambling based revenue|
Review the Lease Variation Charge (LVC) system for small clubs to allow greater waiver options if land is used for suitable community purposes and/or for the diversification of the business.
We have delivered a package for small and medium clubs to provide them with an avenue to transition away from gambling based revenue, whilst ensuring they continue to grow with their customers and communities. Community clubs are now able to access concessions of Lease Variation Charge and deconcessionalisation fees in return for surrendering Electronic Gaming Machine licences.
Where there is no gaming revenue liability, provide relief on other taxes or provide cash grants so that small clubs have an opportunity to diversify away from gaming revenue.
The Gaming Machine Amendment Act 2017 became effective on 1 September 2017, supporting this commitment.
Provide a Community Club Grant (CCG) of $10,000 to every small to medium club.
We have provided grants of $10,000 each to 14 small and medium clubs, fulfilling this commitment.
Ease the administrative burden on local community clubs by allowing quarterly tax lodgements for small clubs.
The Gaming Machine Amendment Act 2017 became effective on 1 September 2017.
Adjust liquor licensing fees to reflect risk, including trading times, especially for clubs that close early.
In 2019-20 we will review our approach to liquor licensing fees for licensed clubs, to take into account the level of risk posed by clubs with a liquor licence.
Recognise special contributions that ethnic based clubs make to the cultural life of Canberra. Target multicultural grants so clubs can continue to be the centre of their communities and promote cultural diversity.
The Participation (Multicultural) Grant Program opened on 17 July 2017, supporting three categories of activity: National Multicultural Festival (NMF); Community Radio Stations and Multicultural Community Broadcasters; and Multicultural community participation, social harmony and inclusion initiatives. The 2018-19 Participation (Multicultural) Grant Program opened on 10 August 2018 and awarded $170,000 to 57 applicants.
Recognise and work with a specialist industry body representing the interests of small, medium and independent clubs.
Consultation at all levels is ongoing with small, medium and independent clubs.
Initiate a review of regulatory arrangements (including land and water rates) that impact on the ability of small and medium clubs to improve their operations and diversify their businesses.
We are delivering this commitment. The Club Industry Diversification Support Analysis Report was provided to the Attorney-General on 4 June 2018. New water rates took effect in July 2018.
Establish a new small clubs liaison role to work with and assist clubs with regulatory and administrative issues confronting the sector.
The ACT Government is finalising establishing this role.
Introduce a requirement for future casinos, operating in the ACT, to purchase a certain number of electronic gaming machine licenses from smaller and medium clubs.
The Government delivered these commitments in May 2018 with the commencement of the casino (Electronic Gaming) Act 2017 on 13 May 2018.
Ensure competitive neutrality between clubs and casinos concerning poker machines and other gaming regulation affecting gaming machines.
|Reducing the number of Electronic Gaming Machines|
Reduce the number of electronic gaming machine licenses in the ACT to 4,000 by 1 July 2020.
We are delivering this commitment and will reduce the number of electronic gaming machine licenses in the ACT from almost 5,000, to 4,000 by 1 July 2020. Due to the success of the voluntary surrender scheme, there are currently only 4,003 licences in the ACT.
Review proposed phase 2 reduction of machine regulations to ensure small and medium clubs are not unfairly impacted.
We are expecting to review the phase 2 reduction of machine regulations by 1 July 2020.
|Increasing support for problem gambling|
Increase the Problem Gambling Assistance Fund levy from 0.6 per cent of gross gaming machine revenue to 0.75 per cent, and direct additional funds into addressing problem gambling
We delivered this commitment in July 2017, increasing in the Problem Gambling Assistance Fund levy to better support projects and research that help reduce the harms associated with problem gambling in our community.
|Enhancing harm reduction measures in the ACT|
Explore further harm reduction measures, including mandatory precommitment systems and bet limits for electronic gaming machines.
We are continuing to explore effective harm reduction measures and are committed to supporting problem gamblers in the ACT.
Conduct a review of Clubs’ harm minimisation strategy to examine if current approaches are appropriate and effective.
We are continuing policy development work to examine current harm minimisation approaches.
|Strengthening the Community Contributions Scheme|
Review the current Community Contribution Scheme, with a view to maximising the direct benefit to the community from the scheme.
We tabled a review of the Community Contribution Scheme in the Legislative Assembly in October 2018 and are delivering agreed reforms to make the scheme work better for Canberrans.
|Improving planning in the ACT|
Establish an Assembly Committee Inquiry into Planning.
The Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Renewal commenced an inquiry into housing on 15 March 2017 but discontinued this in November 2017 due to the concurrent work being done by the ACT Government on the ACT Housing Strategy. The strategy was subsequently released in October 2018.
Economic development – more and better jobs
|Commitment||Details||Progress update||Current status|
|Connecting Canberra with the world|
Attract more international flights to Canberra.
We are engaging in cooperative marketing campaigns with airlines across the world, and have attracted two of the world’s leading airlines, Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways, to deliver international flights to Canberra. We are continuing to support the development of new routes and the attraction of new airlines and services to Canberra Airport, including through investment in targeted research to understand consumer travel behaviour across the Canberra Region.
|Growing our diverse economy|
Invest in the Territory’s key areas of strength including education and research; health and sports science; defence and cyber security; ICT; tourism; and space and spatial technology.
We have provided $800,000 each year in 2018-19 and 2019-20 to identify and pursue major projects and investment proposals that will create local jobs and help to grow and diversify our economy. We have provided a further $9.7 million over three years to establish the Priority Investment Program (PIP), co-investing in industry/stakeholder-led projects across Canberra’s key areas of strength with the goal of attracting new investment and skills to Canberra.
Create programs to help Canberra businesses sell their goods and services to the world, and make the most of the new direct international flights to Singapore and Qatar by developing export opportunities and attracting new business and investment to Canberra.
We support Canberra businesses to sell their goods and services to the world through a number of export and trade development activities, including the Trade Mission Program, the Chief Minister’s Export awards and increased international engagement activities coordinated via the Office of International Engagement.
Continue support for the successful BrandCBR program to increase awareness and understanding of what Canberra stands for and attract visitors, businesses and investment in the city.
We support the Brand CBR program to increase awareness and understanding of what Canberra stands for and to further promote Canberra’s reputation as a great place to live, work, study and do business.
Provide funding and grants to help universities, research organisations, entrepreneurs and start-ups to develop and commercialise their ideas.
We are delivering this commitment through our partnership with the CBR Innovation Network (CBRIN) and our Priority Investment Program (PIP), which continues to provide funding and grants to help universities, research organisations, entrepreneurs and start-ups to develop and commercialise their ideas.
Provide funding to support the Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN) to help our city’s entrepreneurs take their ideas to market.
We signed the CBRIN funding agreement in August 2017, to help our city’s entrepreneurs take their ideas to market. As of 2019-20, we are providing $5 million over the next four years for CBRIN to further develop Canberra’s innovation ecosystem. CBRIN is dedicated to enhancing the connectivity of Canberra’s education and research institutions with business communities, and provides a physical hub and connection point for entrepreneurs, researchers and innovators in Canberra, and a range of programs and services to support them.
Boost funding to ScreenACT to build on the success of recent TV shows and movies filmed in Canberra, such as Secret City and Joe Cinque’s Consolation.
We provided $5 million in 2018-19 for the new CBR Screen Fund, delivered by Screen Canberra (formerly Screen ACT) to support Canberra’s local film industry. As of 25 May 2019, the CBR Screen Fund has supported five productions consisting of a good mix of genres and formats and a strong representation of Canberra talent, with a total investment of $460,000.
|Ending greyhound racing in the ACT|
End the greyhound racing industry subsidy and actively support industry transition required to end the operation of ACT greyhound racing.
We have ceased funding and successfully ended greyhound racing in the ACT, while providing a $1 million Transition Support Package for workers affected by the industry closure. A Code of Practice for greyhound owners has been introduced, with a one year review to be undertaken in 2019.
|Supporting the transition away from greyhound racing|
Actively support the transition steps required to end the operation of the greyhound racing industry, including animal welfare and training support.
We announced the $1 million Transition Support Package for people and greyhounds exiting the industry in November 2017, leading to the successful conclusion of greyhound racing in the ACT.
|Encouraging outdoor dining|
Provide one month’s free rental of public space for outdoor dining every year, cutting costs for existing businesses and giving restaurants and bars a chance to try new spaces for free.
We have assisted business in trialling the financial viability of new outdoor dining permit areas, and provided Canberrans with a wider range of dining options. 54 businesses elected to take up new outdoor dining permits since the trial commenced, and benefited from an 8 per cent fee reduction - effectively receiving one month of their permit free. We will further promote the trial in Spring 2019 to encourage uptake of the initiative across the city.
|Reforming stamp duty|
Continue reforms to reduce stamp duty in every Budget, and ultimately abolish stamp duty.
We have abolished insurance duty and will continue to phase out stamp duty over a twenty year period until 2031. Stamp duty for eligible first home buyers will be completely abolished from 1 July 2019.
|Boosting business tourism|
Increase funding for the Canberra Convention Bureau to boost our business tourism.
We are supporting the Canberra Convention Bureau to boost business tourism in the ACT.
|Growing Canberra’s cycling tourism economy|
Develop a new strategy to market Canberra to the domestic and international cycling community in consultation with local cycling groups.
We launched the Cycle Tourism Strategy in June 2018, which supports the long-term ambition to establish Canberra and the region as Australia’s cycling destination of choice and grow the interstate and international visitor economy.
|Progressing the Australia Forum|
Progress feasibility and business case development work on the Australia Forum convention centre.
Following an Assembly Committee report recommending the Australia Forum not be progressed, the development of a new convention centre is not a priority for Government in the near term. In response to Canberra’s significant population growth, our current focus is on delivering essential health, education and transport infrastructure.
Not progressing at this time
Strengthening integrity and innovation in government
|Commitment||Details||Progress update||Current status|
|Establishing an ACT Integrity Commissioner|
Establish an ACT Integrity Commissioner to investigate serious public sector breaches of integrity.
We delivered this commitment by passing the Integrity Commission Act in 2018. The ACT Integrity Commission will commence work in 2019 and will have the power to investigate corruption in public administration.
Remove the risk of political interference into complaints against Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).
We updated the rules, protocols and guidance materials in August 2018, removing the ability of the Speaker or Deputy Speaker to intervene in complaints prior to their referral to the Independent Commissioner for Standards.
|Maintaining the size of the ACTPS|
Maintain the size of the ACT public service and expand resources for key service areas, including: health, education, police and emergency services. Ensure wages keep rising to match inflation.
We are working to support the ACT public service through renewed Enterprise Agreements and wages that are expected to meet or exceed forecasted inflation. The ACT Public Service has grown since 2016 through our investment in new services and initiatives meeting the needs of a growing Canberra community.
Expand the scope of the ACT Lobbyist Register to cover in-house government relations staff, industry associations, and project management liaison officers and companies.
The Government requested the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure conduct an Inquiry into the ACT Register of Lobbyists. The Standing Committee provided their report to Government in March 2019, which is currently under consideration.
Ban political donations from property developers and reduce the time parties have to declare the donations they receive.
Both parties which comprise the government in the ACT have refused to accept political donations from property developers since 2016. Work on legislation to introduce this requirement territory-wide is progressing, with the Electoral Amendment Bill 2018 introduced into the Legislative Assembly for debate on 29 November 2018. The Electoral Amendment Bill 2018 bans donations from property developers and requires real-time reporting of large political donations. These measures seek to reduce the risk of property developers unduly influencing the ACT electoral system.
Investigate complementary schemes for public funding of election campaigns that encourage candidates and parties to raise funds from small individual contributions.
Options are under consideration for inclusion in a future Electoral Amendment Bill
|Supporting ACT public servants|
Introduce a return to work and retraining program, which would provide early intervention and high-quality rehabilitation support for injured ACT public servants, including firefighters and nurses.
We value the hard work and dedication of the ACT public service and are introducing a suite of policies and programs that aim to enhance the safety of the workplace and reduce injury related work absences for the ACT Public Service. Policies and supporting materials are being developed and pilot programs are underway.
|Maintaining public sector land development|
Maintain a role for public sector land development with a board that includes independent members with experience from the social and affordable housing sector.
We delivered this commitment in July 2017 through the establishment of the Governing Boards of the City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency.
|Restructure the Land Development Agency|
Split the Land Development Agency and create a new authority to manage urban renewal and major projects like ‘City to the Lake’.
We abolished the Land Development Agency in July 2017 and replaced it with two entities, the City Renewal Authority (CRA) and the Suburban Land Agency (SLA), to provide strong governance and oversight of the ACT’s greenfields, urban renewal and CBD precinct development and activation.
|Securing local jobs for local workers|
Award contracts for government goods and service provision only to companies that meet the highest ethical and labour standards across their business and ensure that the creation of local jobs is a key consideration in government procurement.
We have implemented a suite of legislative reforms to give effect to this commitment from January 2019 through the implementation of the Secure Local Jobs Code. This work is being overseen by a dedicated Secure Local Jobs Code Registrar and members of the Secure Local Jobs Code Advisory Council. As of May 2019, 728 businesses have received a Secure Local Jobs Code certificate, having been audited and certified that they meet the highest ethical and labour standards and treat their workers with respect.
Establish a Local Jobs Code that introduces new measures to further promote job security and delivers ethical procurement outcomes particularly transmission of employment, elimination of sham contracting security of payments and prevents abuse of visa workers.
Require providers of goods and services to the ACT Government, including government agencies and statutory authorities, to adhere to the standards of the Local Jobs Code.
Creating an efficient, clear and transparent governance regime for resolution of disputes related to government procurement, and continually monitor performance of contracts.
Simplify the procurement process and reduce duplication by establishing standard contract terms for all procurement contracts, which include strong representative rights and protections for workers such as freedom of association, access to workplaces and formal inductions.
|Full Human Rights compatibility statements and Explanatory Statements to be drafted by the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office|
Introduce a requirement for all significant Bills to be presented to Cabinet and the Assembly with full Human Rights compatibility statements and a summary of community and stakeholder consultation.
We continue to incorporate these processes into the consideration of legislation and we are on-track to deliver this commitment.
|Establish a Gungahlin Smart Work Hub|
Seek to partner with the Commonwealth Government to establish a Smart Work Hub in the Gungahlin Town Centre.
We have been involved in discussions with officials from the Commonwealth and are endeavouring to establish terms for a project working group with the Department of Finance in 2019. A Smart Work Hub would enable employees from different agencies to co-locate in the one location.
|Ensuring Independent advice from the Human Rights Commission|
Allow all Members of the Legislative Assembly to seek independent formal advice from the Human Rights Commission, without the requirement to receive permission from, or provide notification to the Attorney-General.
We have delivered this commitment and confirmed that it is possible for all Members of the Legislative Assembly to seek independent advice from the Human Rights Commission.
|Strengthen community consultation processes|
Strengthen community consultation processes, including through the use of deliberative democracy strategies, so that diverse views are taken into account in major project proposals.
The Strategic Engagement team within the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate Communications & Engagement Division has been established to strengthen engagement processes across government. Deliberative democracy engagement strategies have been deployed in the development of the ACT Carers’ Strategy, the Better Suburbs Statement and the Housing Choices project, while a full citizens’ jury was convened to guide the Government’s reforms to Compulsory Third Party Insurance.
|Review the Budget process|
Conduct a review in 2017 of the Budget process, to improve community input to Budget decision-making in future years.
We conducted this review in 2017 and adopted the ACT’s first participatory budgeting trial in 2018 as part of the Better Suburbs Forum. The feedback from the Better Suburbs Forum has guided our allocation of City Services resources in the 2019-20 Budget.
|Review the Electoral Act|
Establish a Select Committee to review the operation of the 2016 ACT election and the Electoral Act.
The Select Committee on the 2016 ACT Election and Electoral ACT tabled their final report in the Legislative Assembly on 30 November 2017. The Committee’s report proposed recommendations on lowering the voting age, improving donation rules and reporting timeframes, increasing voter participation in elections and encouraging more political engagement. These recommendations are the basis of future reforms being considered by the ACT Government.
|Engaging more Canberrans in the electoral process|
Change enrolment time limits to allow voters to get on the electoral roll as late as election day itself; and close nominations on day five of the formal campaign period to allow for an earlier distribution of postal votes, so more Canberrans get a chance to have their say.
We are preparing to bring forward legislation to meet this commitment in 2019.
|Amendments to planning legislation|
Amend the Planning Legislation to require that Territory Plan variations are referred to the planning committee, with a decision by the Committee within 15 working days as to whether it will conduct an inquiry.
We delivered this commitment in September 2017 with an amendment to the Planning and Development Act 2007 requiring that all draft variations to the Territory Plan be referred to the Standing Committee for consideration.
|Enhancing the Triple Bottom Line Framework|
Undertake disability and gender impact analysis as part of the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) framework, and ensure that all relevant staff are trained in TBL analysis.
We have delivered this commitment. The current Triple Bottom Line framework ensures analysis of both gender and disability impacts for all Government policies and proposals. The Cabinet Office is holding Triple Bottom Line seminars, developing an eLearning module and compiling a better practice guide to train more staff in this analysis.
|Tabling of Commissioner for the Environment reports|
Require that reports received by the Minister for the Environment from the Environment Commissioner are tabled in the Assembly within three months of the Minister receiving the report.
We have delivered this commitment. The Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment Act 1993 requires the Minister to table reports within six sitting days after the day of receiving a report from the Commissioner.