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Thursday, 13 August 2009
Page: 4951


Senator Minchin asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, the Minister for Social Inclusion, the Minister for Early Childhood Education, Childcare and Youth and the Minister for Employment Participation, upon notice, on 10 June 2009:

(1)   How many and which: (a) Acts; and (b) legislative instruments, including select legislative instruments, statutory rules and regulations, are administered within the Minister’s portfolio.

(2)   With reference to the ‘clean up’ of redundant and potentially redundant regulations being coordinated by the Department of Finance and Deregulation, which Acts or legislative instruments have been identified as redundant or potentially redundant and why.


Senator Arbib (Minister for Employment Participation and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Government Service Delivery) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1)   I am advised that the Minister representing The Attorney-General will provide in her answer a complete list of legislative instruments and Acts broken down by portfolio.

(2)   Two legislative instruments within the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio have been identified as redundant in the ‘clean up’ of redundant and potentially redundant regulations being coordinated by the Department of Finance and Deregulation. These two legislative instruments and the reasons why they are considered redundant are as follows:

(a)   Disability Services (Disability Employment and Rehabilitation Program) Standards 2002 These standards were revoked by the Disability Services Standards (FaCSIA) 2007 and Disability Services Standards (DEWR) 2007.

(b)   Disability Services (Rehabilitation Services) Guidelines 2006 These guidelines were revoked by the Disability Services (Rehabilitation Services) Guidelines 2007. In relation to redundant regulations and potentially redundant regulations which have not yet been removed, advice relating to these groups cannot be provided at this point in time as the instruments are still subject to policy, legal and other considerations.