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Thursday, 24 March 2011
Page: 3166


Mr GARRETT (Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth) (11:41 AM) —I present the explanatory memorandum and an addendum to the explanatory memorandum to this bill and I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

The National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (Transitional Provisions) Bill 2010 allows for the transfer of existing registrations, applications and other matters from state regulators to the National VET Regulator with minimal additional burden and disruption to existing RTOs. Further provisions to allow the smooth transition of staff, files, information and outstanding legal matters from state regulators are also contained in the bill. This will ensure that there are no gaps in regulation and that decisions made by state regulators will continue to apply until the national regulator is able to review them.

This bill ensures that there is a sensible and balanced approach to the transfer of responsibilities, which serves the interest of current regulatory staff and registered training organisations without prejudicing the regulation of the sector.

I commend the bill to the House.

Debate (on motion by Ms Ley) adjourned.

Leave granted for second reading to resume at a later hour this day.