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Tuesday, 12 November 2013
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The PRESIDENT (17:10): I present documents listed on today's Order of Business at item 15, presented to the President, Deputy President and temporary chairs of committees after the Senate adjourned on 28 June 2013.

The list read as follows—

(a) Documents certified by the President

1. Department of the Senate—Report for 2012-13 (received 29 October 2013) .

2. Parliamentary Service Commissioner—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

3. Department of Parliamentary Services—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013) .

4. Parliamentary Budget Office—Report for 2012-13 (received 1 November 2013) .

(b) Committee reports (pursuant to Senate standing order 38 (7))

1. Environment and Communications References Committee—Protection of Australia's threatened species and ecological communities—

    Interim reports (received 4 , 23 and 31 July 2013) .

    Report, Hansard record of proceedings, documents presented to the committee, additional information and submissions (received 7 August 2013) .

2. Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee—Beef imports into Australia—

    Interim report (received 5 July 2013). Report (received 12 July 2013).

    Erratum (received 8 August 2013).

3. Environment and Communications References Committee—Extreme weather events—

    Interim reports (received 10 and 23 July 2013) .

    Report, Hansard record of proceedings, documents presented to the committee, additional information and submissions (received 7 August 2013) .

4. Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee—Sports science in Australia—

    Interim reports (received 10 and 15 July 2013) .

    Report, Hansard record of proceedings, documents presented to the committee, additional information and submissions (received 23 July 2013) .

5. Environment and Communications References Committee—Report—Regulatory arrangements in dealing with the simultaneous transmission of radio programs, additional information and submissions (received 12 July 2013) .

6. Community Affairs References Committee—Report—Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disabilities in Australia, Hansard record of proceedings, documents presented to the committee, additional information and submissions (received 17 July 2013) .

7. Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee—Interim reports—

    Fresh ginger import risk analysis

    Fresh pineapple imports

    New Zealand potatoes import risk analysis (received 19 July and 4 September 2013) .

8. Environment and Communications References Committee—Report—Telstra licence conditions, and submissions (received 19 July 2013) .

9. Treaties—Joint Standing Committee—Report 135: Treaties tabled on 12 March and 14 May 2013 (received 23 July 2013).

10. Law Enforcement—Joint Statutory Committee—Report—Spectrum for public safety mobile broadband, Hansard record of proceedings, additional information and submissions (received 23 July 2013).

11. Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit—Report 440—Annual report 2012-13 (received 26 July 2013).

12. Corporations and Financial Services—Joint Statutory Committee—Report—Statutory oversight of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission: the role of gatekeepers in Australia's financial services system (received 29 July 2013).

13. Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee—Australian citrus industry— Interim report (received 31 July 2013). Second interim report (received 27 September 2013).

14. Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee—Ownership arrangements of grain handling—

   Interim report (received 31 July 2013).

   Second interim report (received 30 August 2013).

15. Community Affairs References Committee—Impacts on health of air quality in Australia— Interim report (received 12 August 2013). Report, Hansard record of proceedings, documents presented to the committee, additional information and submissions (received 16 August 2013).

16. Community Affairs References Committee—Interim report—Care and management of younger and older Australians living with dementia and behavioural and psychiatric symptoms of dementia (BPSD) (received 12 August 2013).

17. Community Affairs Legislation Committee—Report—Social Security Legislation Amendment (Public Housing Tenants' Support) Bill 2013 [Provisions] (received 12 August 2013).

18. Community Affairs Legislation Committee—Report—Homelessness Bill 2013 [Provisions] and Homelessness (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2013 [Provisions] (received 12 August 2013).

19. Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee—Report—Telecommunications Amendment (Get a Warrant) Bill 2013, and submissions (received 20 August 2013).

20. Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee—Report—African Development Bank Bill 2013 [Provisions], and submissions (received 20 August 2013).

21. Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee—Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2013—

    Report, and submissions (received 20 August 2013).

    Erratum (received 21 August 2013).

22. Cyber Safety—Select Committee—Report—Options for addressing the issue of sexting by minors, Hansard record of proceedings, additional information and submissions (received 30 August 2013).

23. Environment and Communications Legislation Committee—Report—Copyright Legislation Amendment (Fair Go for Fair Use) Bill 2013, and submissions (received 20 September 2013).

24. Community Affairs Legislation Committee—Annual reports (No. 2 of 2013) (received 25 October 2013) .

Community Affairs References Committee—Report—Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people in Australia, additional information and submissions (received 25 October 2013) .

(c) Government responses to parliamentary committee reports (pursuant to Senate standing order 166)

1. Community Affairs References Committee—Report—The role of the Therapeutic Goods Administration regarding medical devices, particularly Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) breast implants (received 31 July 2013).

2. Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee—The performance of the Department of Parliamentary Services—

    Interim report, dated July 2013 (received 2 August 2013).

    Report, dated July 2013 (received 2 August 2013).

3. National Broadband Network—Joint Standing Committee—Fifth report—Review of the rollout of the National Broadband Network, dated July 2013 (received 2 August 2013).

4. National Broadband Network—Select Committee—Second, third, fourth and final reports, dated July 2013 (received 2 August 2013).

(d) Government documents (pursuant to Senate standing order 166)

1. National Environment Protection Council (NEPC)—Third review of the National Environment Protection Council Acts (Commonwealth, State and Territory), dated December 2012, and response to the report of the third review, dated April 2013 (received 1 July 2013).

2. Gene Technology Regulator—Quarterly report for the period 1 January to 31 March 2013 (received 3 July 2013).

3. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade—Australia in the Asian Century: towards 2025— Country strategy:

    China (received 29 August 2013).

    India (received 28 August 2013).

    Indonesia (received 5 July 2013).

    Japan (received 29 August 2013).

    South Korea (received 9 August 2013).

4. Australian Human Rights Commission—Audit report—Review into the treatment of women at the Australian Defence Force Academy, dated July 2013 (received 23 July 2013).

5. Department of Immigration and Citizenship—Access and equity in government services— Report for 2010-12 (received 26 July 2013).

6. Airservices Australia—Corporate plan 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2018 (received 31 July 2013).

7. Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010 and Freedom of Information Act 1982 — Review on the operation of the Acts Report by Mr Allan Hawke AC, dated 1 July 2013 (received 2 August 2013).

8. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare—Australia's welfare 2013—Eleventh biennial report (received 7 August 2013) .

9. Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education—Australian vocational education and training system—Report for 2011 (received 7 August 2013) .

10. Civil Aviation Safety Authority—Corporate plan 2013-14 to 2015-16 (received 16 August 2013) .

11. Sydney Airport Demand Management Act 1997 —Quarterly report on the maximum movement limit for Sydney Airport for the period 1 April to 30 June 2013 (received 2 September 2013) .

12. Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—Report for 2012-13 (received 6 September 2013) .

13. Moorebank Intermodal Company—Statement of corporate intent 2013 to 2014 (received 6 September 2013) .

14. Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 —Live-stock mortalities during exports by sea—Report for the period 1 January to 30 June 2013 (received 13 September 2013) .

15. Productivity Commission—Report No. 63—Safeguards inquiry into the import of processed tomato products, dated 18 September 2013 (received 26 September 2013).

16. Productivity Commission—Report No. 64—Safeguards inquiry into the import of processed fruit products, dated 18 September 2013 (received 26 September 2013).

17. Commonwealth Ombudsman—Report for 2012-13 on the Ombudsman's activities under Part V of the Australian Federal Police Act 1979 (received 1 October 2013).

18. Defence Abuse Response Taskforce—Third interim report to the Attorney-General and Minister for Defence, dated September 2013 (received 4 October 2013).

19. Medibank Private Limited—

   Report for 2012-13 (received 8 October 2013).

   Statement of corporate intent 2013-14 (received 8 October 2013).

20. Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care—Report for 2012-13 (received 15 October 2013).

21. Administrative Appeals Tribunal—Report for 2012-13 (received 17 October 2013).

22. Australian Federal Police (AFP)—Report for 2012-13 (received 17 October 2013).

23. Crimes Act 1914 —Authorisations for the acquisition and use of assumed identities—Australian Federal Police—Report for 2012-13 (received 17 October 2013).

24. Crimes Act 1914 —Controlled operations—Report for 2012-13 (received 17 October 2013).

25. Witness Protection Act 1994 —Report for 2012-13 on the operation of the National Witness Protection Program (received 17 October 2013).

26. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)—Report for 2012-13 (received 18 October 2013) .

27. Australian Hearing Services (Australian Hearing)—Report for 2012-13 (received 18 October 2013) .

28. Australian Postal Corporation (Australia Post)—

   Report for 2012-13 (received 18 October 2013) .

   Diversity and inclusion report for 2012-13 (received 18 October 2013).

   Statement of corporate intent 2013-14 to 2016-17 (received 18 October 2013) .

29. Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office—Report for 2012-13 (received 18 October 2013) .

30. Classification Board and Classification Review Board—Reports for 2012-13 (received 18 October 2013) .

31. Special Broadcasting Service Corporation (SBS)—Report for 2012-13 (received 18 October 2013) .

32. Commonwealth Grants Commission—Report for 2012-13 (received 22 October 2013) .

33. Department of Human Services—Report for 2012-13 (received 22 October 2013) .

34. Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)—Report for 2012-13 (received

22 October 2013) .

35. Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS)—Report for 2012-13 (received 23 October 2013) .

36. Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)—Report for 2012-13 (received 23 October 2013) .

37. Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC)—Report No. 121—Report for 2012-13 (received 23 October 2013) .

38. Family Court of Australia—Report for 2012-13 (received 23 October 2013) .

39. Family Law Council—Report for 2012-13 (received 23 October 2013) .

40. Health Workforce Australia—Report for 2012-13 (received 23 October 2013) .

41. National Gallery of Australia—Report for 2012-13 (received 23 October 2013) .

42. Australian Government Solicitor (AGS)—Report for 2012-13 (received 24 October 2013) .

43. Australian Maritime Safety Authority—Report for 2012-13 (received 24 October 2013) .

44. Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA)—Report for 2012-13 (received 24 October 2013) .

45. Australian Research Council (ARC)—Report for 2012-13 (received 24 October 2013) .

46. Federal Circuit Court of Australia (formerly Federal Magistrates Court of Australia)—Report for 2012-13 (received 24 October 2013) .

47. Federal Court of Australia—Report for 2012-13 (received 24 October 2013) .

48. Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA)—Report for 2012-13 (received 24 October 2013) .

49. National Water Commission—Report for 2012-13 (received 24 October 2013) .

50. Reserve Bank of Australia—Reports for 2012-13—

   Annual report (received 24 October 2013) . Equity and diversity (received 24 October 2013) .

   Payments System Board (received 24 October 2013) .

51. Screen Australia—Report for 2012-13 (received 24 October 2013) .

52. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet—Report for 2012-13 (received 24 October 2013) .

53. Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)—Report for 2012-13 (received 25 October 2013).

54. Inspector-General of Taxation—Report for 2012-13 (received 25 October 2013) .

55. Private Health Insurance Ombudsman—Report for 2012-13 (received 25 October 2013) .

56. Superannuation Complaints Tribunal—Report for 2012-13 (received 25 October 2013) .

57. Australian War Memorial—Report for 2012-13 (received 25 October 2013) .

58. Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—Report for 2012-13 (received 25 October 2013) .

59. Army and Air Force Canteen Service (AAFCANS)—Report for 2012-13 (received 28 October 2013) .

60. Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)—Report for 2012-13 (received 28 October 2013) .

61. Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)—Report for the period 3 December 2012 to 30 June 2013 (received 28 October 2013) .

62. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare—Report for 2012-13 (received 28 October 2013) .

63. Australian Taxation Office (ATO)—Report of the Commissioner of Taxation for 2012-13 (received 28 October 2013) .

64. Cancer Australia—Report for 2012-13 (received 28 October 2013) .

65. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities—Report for 2012-13, including reports on the operation of Acts administered by the department, report of the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder, and financial statements of the Natural Heritage Trust of Australia (received 28 October 2013) .

66. Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC)—Report for 2012-13 (received 28 October 2013) .

67. Tax Practitioners Board—Report for 2012-13 (received 28 October 2013) .

68. Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency Limited—Report for 2012-13 (received 29 October 2013) .

69. Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity—Report for 2012-13 (received 29 October 2013) .

70. Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) —Report for 2012-13 (received 29 October 2013) .

71. Australian Institute of Criminology—Report for 2012-13 (received 29 October 2013) .

72. Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)—Report for 2012-13 (received 29 October 2013) .

73. Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC)—Report for 2012-13 (received 29 October 2013) .

74. Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)—Report for 2012-13 (received 29 October 2013) .

75. Bureau of Meteorology—Report for 2012-13 (received 29 October 2013) .

76. CrimTrac Agency—Report for 2012-13 (received 29 October 2013) .

77. Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—Report for 2012-13, including the Aboriginals Benefit Account and Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services reports for 2012-13 and financial statements for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account (received 29 October 2013) .

78. Repatriation Commission, Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission and the Department of Veterans' Affairs—Reports for 2012-13, including financial statements of the Defence Service Homes Insurance Scheme (received 29 October 2013) .

79. Veterans' Review Board—Report for 2012-13 (received 29 October 2013) .

80. Australian Competition and Consumer Commission—Report for 2012-13, including report of the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) (received 29 October 2013) .

81. Australian Human Rights Commission—Report for 2012-13 (received 29 October 2013) .

82. Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)—Report for 2012-13 (received 29 October 2013) .

83. Companies Auditors and Liquidators Disciplinary Board (CALDB)—Report for 2012-13 (received 29 October 2013) .

84. Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee (CAMAC)—Report for 2012-13 (received 29 October 2013) .

85. Crimes Act 1914 —Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity—Reports for 2012- 13—

   Authorisations for the acquisition and use of assumed identities (received 29 October 2013) .

   Witness identity protection certificates (received 29 October 2013) .

86. Department of Finance and Deregulation—Report for 2012-13 (received 29 October 2013) .

87. Department of Immigration and Citizenship—Report for 2012-13 (received 29 October 2013) .

88. Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA)—Report for 2012-13 (received 29 October 2013) .

89. NBN Co Limited—

   Report for 2012-13 (received 29 October 2013) .

   Letter to the Chairman of NBN Co Ltd (Mr Switkowski) from the Minister for Communication and the Minister for Finance, dated 24 October 2013 (received 29 October 2013) .

90. Productivity Commission—Report for 2012-13 (received 29 October 2013) .

91. Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency—Report for 2012-13 (received 29 October 2013) .

92. Australia Council for the Arts (Australia Council)—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

93. Australian Information Commissioner—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

94. Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership Limited (AITSL)—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

95. Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

96. Australian Public Service Commission—Report of the Australian Public Service Commissioner for 2012-13, including report of the Merit Protection Commissioner (received 30 October 2013) .

97. Australian Sports Commission—Report for 2012-13, including financial statements of the Australian Sports Foundation Limited (received 30 October 2013) .

98. Commonwealth Ombudsman—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

99. ComSuper—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

100. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

101. Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate (Fair Work Building and Construction)—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

102. Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia (Australian Financial Security Authority) —Report for 2012-13, including reports on the operation of the Bankruptcy Act 1966 and Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (received 30 October 2013) .

103. International Air Services Commission—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

104. Remuneration Tribunal—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

105. Airservices Australia—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

106. Attorney-General's Department—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

107. Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

108. Australian Crime Commission (ACC)—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

109. Australian Electoral Commission (AEC)—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

110. Australian National Maritime Museum—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

111. Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

112. Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

113. Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education—Report for 2012-13, including reports of IP Australia and the Tuition Protection Service (received 30 October 2013) .

114. Department of Infrastructure and Transport—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

115. Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport—Report for 2012-13, including report on the operation of the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986 (received 30 October 2013) .

116. Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, including report of Geoscience Australia— Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

117. Gene Technology Regulator—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

118. Moorebank Intermodal Company Limited—Report for the period 13 December 2012 to 30 June 2013 (received 30 October 2013) .

119. National Competition Council—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

120. National Film and Sound Archive—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

121. National Health Performance Authority (NHPA)—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

122. Office of Parliamentary Counsel—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

123. Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

124. Public Lending Right Committee—Report for 2012-13 (received 30 October 2013) .

125. Supervising Scientist—Report for 2012-13 on the operation of the Environment Protection (Alligator Rivers Region) Act 1978 (received 30 October 2013) .

126. Australian Bureau of Statistics—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013) .

127. Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)—Report for 2012-13 (received

31 October 2013) .

128. Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA)—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013) .

129. Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013) .

130. Australian Statistics Advisory Council—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013) .

131. Bundanon Trust Limited—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013) .

132. Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013) .

133. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013) .

134. Fair Work Ombudsman—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013) .

135. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013) .

136. Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS)—Report for 2012-13 (received

137. National Archives of Australia and National Archives of Australia Advisory Council—Reports for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013).

138. National Blood Authority—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013).

139. National Health Funding Body—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013).

140. National Health Funding Pool—Report for 2012-13, including financial statements for state and territory State Pool Accounts (received 31 October 2013).

141. National Library of Australia—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013).

142. National Museum of Australia—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013).

143. Repatriation Medical Authority—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013).

144. Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission and Comcare—Reports for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013).

145. Seafarers Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Authority (Seacare)—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013).

146. Sydney Harbour Federation Trust—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013).

147. Tourism Australia—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013).

148. Aged Care Commissioner—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013).

149. Auditing and Assurance Standards Board—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013).

150. Australian Accounting Standards Board—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013).

151. Australian Customs and Border Protection Service—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013).

152. Australian National Preventive Health Agency—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013).

153. Australian Office of Financial Management (AOFM)—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013).

154. Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA)—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013).

155. Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation (ARPC)—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013).

156. Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO)—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013).

157. Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013).

158. Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013).

159. Clean Energy Regulator—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013).

160. Department of Health and Ageing—Report for 2012-13 (2 volumes), including report of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Pricing Authority, Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee annual report on processes, and financial statements for the Therapeutic Goods Administration (received 31 October 2013).

161. Department of the Treasury—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013).

162. Director of National Parks—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013).

163. Financial Reporting Council—Report for 2012-13 on auditor independence (received 31 October 2013).

164. Future Fund Board of Guardians and Future Fund Management Agency (Future Fund)—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013) .

165. National Australia Day Council Limited—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013) .

166. National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS)—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013) .

167. National Mental Health Commission—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013) .

168. National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA)—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013) .

169. Professional Services Review—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013) .

170. Takeovers Panel—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013) .

171. Wine Australia Corporation—Report for 2012-13 (received 31 October 2013) .

172. Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)—Report for 2012-13 (received 1 November 2013) .

173. Australian Rail Track Corporation Limited (ARTC)—Report for 2012-13 (received 1 November 2013) .

174. Climate Change Authority—Report for 2012-13 (received 1 November 2013) .

175. National Transport Commission (NTC Australia)—Report for 2012-13 (received 1 November 2013) .

176. Fair Work Commission (formerly Fair Work Australia)—Report for 2012-13 (received 4 November 2013) .

177. Road Safety Remuneration Act 2012 — Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal—Report for 2012 ­ 13 (received 4 November 2013) .

178. Australian Strategic Policy Institute Limited (ASPI)—Report for 2012-13 (received 6 November 2013) .

179. Defence Housing Australia (DHA)—Report for 2012-13 (received 6 November 2013) .

180. Old Parliament House (Museum of Australian Democracy)—Report for 2012-13 (received 6 November 2013).

181. Private Health Insurance Administration Council—Report for 2012-13 (received 6 November 2013) .

182. Services Trust Funds—Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund, Australian Military Forces Relief Trust Fund and Royal Australian Air Force Welfare Trust Fund—Reports for 2012-13 (received 6 November 2013) .

183. Royal Australian Air Force Veterans' Residences Trust Fund—Report for 2012-13 (received 7 November 2013) .

184. Customs Act 1901 —Conduct of Australian Customs and Border Protection Service officers [Managed deliveries]—Report 2012-13 (received 11 November 2013) .

185. Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal—Report for 2012-13 (received 11 November 2013) .

186. National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)—Report for 2012-13 (received 11 November 2013) .

187. Communications—Australian Broadcasting Corporation—Audio description trial on ABC television—Pursuant to the resolution of the Senate of 21 November 2012, dated December 2012 (received 11 November 2013) .

(e) Ministerial Statements (pursuant to Senate standing order 166)

1. Approval of exemption to guidelines on information and advertising campaigns by Australian Government departments and agencies—Ministerial statement by the Special Minister of State and Minister for Public Service and Integrity (Mr Dreyfus) (received 24 July 2013).

(f) Reports of the Auditor-General (pursuant to Senate standing order 166)

1. Report no. 1 of 2013-14—Performance audit—Design and implementation of the Liveable Cities Program: Department of Infrastructure and Transport (received 8 August 2013) .

2. Report no. 2 of 2013-14—Performance audit—Administration of the agreements for the management, operation and funding of Mersey Community Hospital: Department of Health and Ageing; Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania; Tasmanian Health Organisation—North West (received 14 August 2013) .

3. Report no. 3 of 2013-14—Performance audit—AIR 8000 phase 2—C-27J Spartan Battlefield airlift aircraft: Department of Defence (received 15 August 2013) .

4. Australian National Audit Office—Report for 2012-2013 (received 24 September 2013).

5. Report no. 4 of 2013-14—Performance audit—Confidentiality in government contracts: Senate order for departmental and agency contracts (calendar year 2012 compliance) across agencies (received 26 September 2013) .

6. Report no. 5 of 2013-14—Performance audit—Administration of the taxation of personal services income (received 15 October 2013) .

7. Report no. 6 of 2013-14—Performance audit—Capability development reform: Department of Defence (received 30 October 2013) .

8. Report no. 7 of 2013-14—Performance audit—Agency management of arrangements to meet Australia's treaty obligations (received 31 October 2013) .

9. Report no. 8 of 2013-14—Performance audit—The Australian Government Reconstruction Inspectorate's conduct of value for money reviews of flood reconstruction projects in Queensland: Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (received 6 November 2013) .

10. Report no. 9 of 2013-14—Performance audit—Determination and collection of financial industry levies: Australian Prudential Regulation Authority; Department of the Treasury (received 7 November 2013).

(g) Tabling of guidelines pursuant to an Act (pursuant to Senate standing order 166)

RETURN TO ORDER (pursuant to Senate standing order 166)

1. Unproclaimed legislation—Document providing details of all provisions of Acts which come into effect on proclamation and which have not been proclaimed, including statements of reasons for their non-proclamation and information relating to the timetable for their operation, as at 30 July 2013, dated August 2013 (received 2 September 2013).

STATEMENTS OF COMPLIANCE WITH SENATE ORDERS (pursuant to Senate standing order 166)

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files (continuing order of the Senate of 30 May 1996, as amended on 3 December 1998):

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry portfolio (received 30 August 2013) .

Australian Electoral Commission (received 24 October 2013).

Comcare (received 1 August 2013) .

Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (received 24 October 2013).

ComSuper (received 24 October 2013).

Department of Defence (received 28 August 2013).

Department of Finance and Deregulation (received 24 October 2013).

Department of Veterans' Affairs (received 27 August 2013) .

Future Fund Management Agency (received 24 October 2013).

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio (received 22 August 2013) .

Health and Ageing portfolio (received 13 September 2013).

Resources, Energy and Tourism portfolio (received 6 September 2013).

Safe Work Australia (received 4 September 2013).

Seacare (received 4 September 2013).

Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities portfolio (received 6 September 2013).

Lists of contracts (continuing order of the Senate of 20 June 2001, as amended on 27 September 2001 and 18 June, 26 June and 4 December 2003):

Attorney-General's portfolio (received 24 October 2013). Australian Electoral Commission (received 10 September 2013).

Australian National Preventive Health Agency (received 30 August 2013).

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency [3] (received 30 July and 30 August 2013).

Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy portfolio (received 6 September 2013).

Bureau of Meteorology (received 6 September 2013). Cancer Australia (received 2 October 2013).

ComSuper (received 10 September 2013).

Department of Finance and Deregulation (received 10 September 2013).

Department of Health and Ageing (received 30 August 2013).

Department of Human Services (received 6 September 2013).

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities portfolio (received 6 September 2013).

Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs portfolio (received 28 August 2013).

Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio (received 4 September 2013 ).

Future Fund Management Agency (received 10 September 2013).

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (received 6 September 2013).

Immigration and Citizenship portfolio (received 29 October 2013).

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (received 30 August 2013).

Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education portfolio (received 30 August 2013) .

Infrastructure and Transport portfolio (received 2 September 2013).

Murray-Darling Basin Authority (received 6 September 2013).

National Blood Authority [2] (received 23 July and 30 August 2013).

National Health and Medical Research Council [2] (received 7 and 30 August 2013) .

National Health Performance Authority (received 13 September 2013).

National Water Commission (received 6 September 2013).

Organ and Tissue Authority (received 30 August 2013).

Private Health Insurance Ombudsman [2] (received 30 August 2013).

Professional Services Review [2] (received 30 August 2013).

Resources, Energy and Tourism portfolio (received 3 September 2013) .

Treasury portfolio (received 19 August 2013) .

Veterans' Affairs portfolio (received 10 September 2013).

List of departmental and agency appointments and vacancies (continuing order of the Senate of 24 June 2008, as amended):

Attorney-General's portfolio (received 6 November 2013).

Communications portfolio ( received 18 October 2013).

Department of Education (received 8 November 2013).

Department of Human Services (received 8 November 2013).

Department of Immigration and Border Protection (received 6 November 2013).

Finance portfolio (received 11 November 2013).

Industry portfolio (received 7 November 2013).

Lists of departmental and agency grants (continuing order of the Senate of 24 June 2008):

Attorney-General's portfolio (received 11 November 2013).

Cancer Australia (received 15 October 2013).

Communications portfolio (received 18 October 2013).

Department of Health (received 8 November 2013).

Department of Immigration and Border Protection (received 6 November 2013).

Environment portfolio (received 8 November 2013).

Finance portfolio (received 11 November 2013).

Human Services portfolio (received 8 November 2013).

Industry portfolio (received 7 November 2013).

The PRESIDENT: In accordance with the usual practice and with the concurrence of the Senate, government responses will be incorporated in Hansard.

The documents read as follows—

Australian Government Response to Senate Community Affairs References Committee Report on The role of the Therapeutic Goods Administration regarding medical devices, particularly Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) breast implants

Government response to recommendations

Recommendation 1

The committee recommends that there be rigorous systems put in place to ensure that medical practitioners provide consumers with all the information needed to allow them to give fully informed consent.

Response:

The Australian Government notes the recommendation, and undertakes to bring it to the notice of the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) for consideration.

Codes relating to the conduct of medical practitioners are the responsibility of the MBA. The MBA Good Medical Practice: A Code of Conduct for Doctors in Australia describes the ethical and professional standards that are expected to be met by all doctors registered to practise in Australia. It specifically covers informed consent (section 3.5).

Where a practitioner is believed to be acting outside the Code of Conduct, a notification can be made to Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). The practitioner may then be subject to investigation or performance assessment by the Board so that appropriate action can be taken to protect the public.

Recommendation 2

The committee recommends that the TGA review all cases where sponsors have not met their obligations in relation to their listing on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods to ensure that these cases do not pose any health risk to the Australian public, and that important data has not been missed.

Response:

The Australian Government agrees with this recommendation, noting that in the context of the Report the recommendation refers specifically to high risk medical devices.

In 2010, the TGA implemented a process under which all annual reports required to be submitted by sponsors of Class III, Active Implantable Medical Devices and implantable Class IIb medical devices for the first three years of inclusion of the device on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods are audited and reviewed. All such reports have since this time been so audited and reviewed. Following the TGA's review of annual reports, appropriate regulatory action is taken where necessary.

Recommendation 3

The committee recommends that the Department of Health and Ageing include as part of their annual report process, information on the TGA's procedures for monitoring requirements placed on Class III medical devices.

Response:

The Australian Government agrees with the recommendation.

Since 2010, the TGA has had in place processes for monitoring requirements placed on the sponsors of high risk medical devices (see response to Recommendation 2 ). In accordance with this recommendation, the Department of Health and Ageing will seek to make information on these procedures available through its Annual Report.

Recommendation 4

The committee recommends that the TGA put in place measures to ensure that when recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Medical Devices (formally the Medical Devices Evaluation Committee) are not followed, the delegate needs to set out specific and compelling reasons why the decision was taken.

Response:

The Australian Government agrees with the recommendation, and notes that the delegate is already required to document the specific reasons for their decision.

The Advisory Committee on Medical Devices (ACMD) is a statutory committee established under the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990 to advise and make recommendations to the Minister or Secretary about matters related to medical devices.

The ACMD may be asked for advice relevant to a decision to include a medical device on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). The delegate may take into account advice from the ACMD when making his or her decision. The Government agrees that the delegate should continue to document the specific reasons for that decision.

Recommendation 5

The committee recommends that the Therapeutic Goods Administration include in their updates on PIP breast implants, and as part of any future recalls on other devices or medications, details of the type of evidence they are pursuing in order to further inform the Australian public.

Response:

The Australian Government agrees with the recommendation.

Consistent with the Australian Government's commitment to transparency, the TGA will adopt a strong focus on improving its communication and engagement with the community.

The Government will ensure that the TGA focuses on the information needs of the community and other stakeholders to ensure that the right information is presented in a way that meets the varying needs of all stakeholders.

The TGA website will be continuously improved and updated to ensure that it provides high quality information about its investigations into the safety of medical devices. In relevant cases this information will include the type of evidence being pursued.

In August 2012, the TGA made the Database of Adverse Event Notifications (DAEN) available to the public through its website 1 . DAEN provides information about adverse events to medicines that have been reported to the TGA since 1971. Further work will be

1 The database is available at http://www.tga.gov.au/safety/daen.htm

undertaken to provide the public with access to Australian and New Zealand adverse drug and medical device incident data.

Recommendation 6

The committee recommends that the TGA publish updates and details of the discussions that have taken place with international regulators.

Response:

The Australian Government notes the recommendation and consistent with its response to Recommendation 5 will ensure that every effort is made to provide stakeholders with more information.

In particular circumstances, it may not be possible to disclose information about the content of discussions that have taken place with international regulators. The Australian Government and the TGA have signed agreements with several overseas regulatory agencies. These international agreements may include provisions detailing the circumstances under which confidential information and documentation exchanged under the agreement cannot be provided to third parties and therefore cannot be published.

Recommendation 7

The committee recommends that the TGA review its processes to ensure that faulty explanted devices are available to the TGA for independent testing.

Response:

The Australian Government notes the recommendation and agrees to review the relevant processes.

The TGA's Medical Device Incident Reporting and Investigation Scheme (IRIS) has in place a process to request return of faulty devices to the TGA for testing as part of the investigation into an incident when circumstances require. However, under current arrangements the TGA is not able to mandate that explanted devices be returned. The TGA will review the clarity and effectiveness of existing processes to facilitate obtaining samples of explanted medical devices that have been reported through IRIS when laboratory testing by the TGA is deemed to be appropriate and necessary to the investigation.

Recommendation 8

The committee recommends that the TGA's advice about PIP breast implants include the limitations of the evidence and data to ensure that consumers and medical professionals alike are in receipt of as much information as possible that will enable them to make informed decisions about any future treatment.

Response:

The Australian Government agrees with the recommendation and will review the information on the TGA website in the light of this recommendation.

The Government will ensure that the TGA focuses on the information needs of the community and other stakeholders to ensure that the appropriate information is presented and that it includes a description of the limitations of the evidence and data provided.

Recommendation 9

The committee recommends that, in light of the Poly Implant Prothèse breast implant recall, the Department of Health and Ageing establish an opt-out Breast Implant Registry as a priority. The design of such a registry should be based on the National Joint Replacement Registry.

Response:

The Australian Government agrees with the recommendation.

As part of the 2013-14 Budget, the Government will provide seed funding of up to $5.1 million over two financial years to establish and maintain two clinical quality registers for breast implants and cardiac devices before they move to industry cost-recovery arrangements in 2015. The Government agrees that an opt-out approach will be adopted by the new breast implant register in line with the recommendation of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care on this matter.

The Government notes that the National Joint Replacement Registry is a successful registry that can provide a model for other registries subject to necessary adjustments for different devices and medical specialties as appropriate.

Recommendation 10

The committee recommends that the Australian Government extend the Medicare rebates for MRIs in accordance with the current medical advice.

Response:

The Australian Government agrees with the recommendation.

The PIP MRI initiative enables patients to access Medicare-eligible MRI scans to evaluate the integrity of the implants in all PIP patients and to detect implant rupture in patients who may have subsequently developed symptoms (whether or not they have previously had a normal imaging examination). The initiative has been extended for another 2 years from

11 March 2013 to 11 March 2015.

Recommendation 11 a

The committee recommends that the Department of Health and Ageing implement recommendations 13, 14 and 15 of the HTA Review recommendations as soon as possible. The committee notes this recommendation was also made in its 2011 report on regulation of medical devices (recommendation 7).

Response:

The Australian Government agrees with the recommendation.

In relation to Recommendation 13 of the HTA Review, the Government's response to Recommendation 8 of the Senate Inquiry into The regulatory standards for the approval of medical devices in Australia provides a response regarding the need to encourage greater reporting of adverse events from therapeutics (including medical devices).

In relation to Recommendation 14 of the HTA Review, the Government's response to Recommendation 7 of the Senate Inquiry into The regulatory standards for the approval of medical devices in Australia provides a response regarding the expanded use of post market surveillance data.

Recommendation 15 of the HTA Review is that registers for high risk implantable medical devices and/or procedures be established. This is addressed by the Budget measure outlined in the response to Recommendation 9 above.

Recommendation 11 b

The committee strongly recommends that professional bodies, particularly the ASPS and ACCS, ensure through formal advice that surgeons are aware of their responsibilities to ensure that they provide an ongoing advisory role to their patients even after medical treatment has concluded.

Response:

The Australian Government agrees with the recommendation in principle, and undertakes to bring it to the notice of the Medical Board of Australia (MBA). The MBA may wish to work with professional associations to implement this recommendation.

Professional associations are independent bodies that guide the practice of individuals engaged in a profession and represent the interests of their members. It is a matter for them to determine the advice they provide to their members, noting their role in enforcement of professional standards and protection of the public.

Recommendation 12

The committee recommends that the clinical advisory committee established by the Chief Medical Officer should develop advice, based on current evidence regarding breastfeeding and PIP breast implants, as soon as possible, and that this information be included in future Chief Medical Officer reports on this issue.

Response:

The Australian Government agrees with the recommendation.

The Chief Medical Officer, in consultation with the clinical advisory committee, provided advice regarding breastfeeding and PIP breast implants on 2 July 2012

(www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/PIP-breast-implants ­ breastfeeding.htm).

Recommendation 13    

The committee recommends that the TGA include in their advice that it is unclear whether PIP breast implants rupture more than other silicone breast implants and that further testing and investigation of PIP breast implants will continue to inform this advice.

Response:

The Australian Government agrees with the recommendation.

The Australian Government, through the Report of the Chief Medical Officer, has advised that currently available information cannot confirm or exclude the possibility that PIP implants rupture more than other implants but the number of reported ruptures in Australia to date is within an expected range. The TGA continues to review its advice in the light of further information as it becomes available, including information from the final report of the UK's expert committee convened to review the safety of PIP implants released on 1 February 2013.

The TGA will consider data obtained from the Government subsidised Magnetic Resonance Imaging when providing information to the public on the extent of ruptured PIP implants.

 

Government Response to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee Report

The Performance of the Department of Parliamentary Services—Interim Report

Recommendation

The committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government provide the Department of Parliamentary Services a one-off additional appropriation of $100,000 to be used, together with the existing Department of Parliamentary Services allocation of funds, for the completion of the document, The Architect's Design Intent for Parliament House, Canberra: Central Reference Document, by Ms Pamille Berg.

NOTED . Any proposal for this purpose brought forward by the Presiding Officers, in the 2014-15 Budget context, would be considered at that time.

 

Government Response to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee Report

The Performance of the Department of Parliamentary Services—Final Report

Recommendation 23

The committee recommends that the Commonwealth exempt the Department of Parliamentary Services from any future one-off, additional efficiency dividends.

NOT AGREED . Budget decisions are a matter for Government consideration at the relevant time.

 

Joint Committee on the National Broadband Network

Review of the Rollout of the National Broadband Network Fifth Report

Australian Government Response to the Committee's Fifth Report of 17 June 2013

INTRODUCTION

In March 2011, the Parliament established the Joint Committee on the National Broadband Network (the Committee) to enable the ongoing parliamentary scrutiny of all aspects relating to the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN). The Committee is required to report to the Parliament on the rollout of the NBN on a six monthly basis until the completion of the project.

The Committee has been asked to provide progress reports on:

the rollout of the NBN;

the achievement of take-up targets as set out in NBN Co Limited's (NBN Co) Corporate Plan;

network rollout performance including service levels and faults;

the effectiveness of NBN Co in meeting its obligations as set out in its Stakeholder Charter;

NBN Co's strategy for engaging with consumers and handling complaints;

NBN Co's risk management processes; and

any other matter pertaining to the NBN rollout that the Committee considers relevant.

The Committee tabled its first report on the Review of the Rollout of the National Broadband Network on 31 August 2011, its second report on 24 November 2011, its third report on 25 June 2012 and its fourth report on 28 February 2013. The government's responses to the Committee's first, second, third and fourth reports were tabled in the Parliament on

1 March 2012, 16 April 2012, 9 October 2012 and 5 June 2013 respectively.

On 17 June 2013, the Committee tabled its fifth report, entitled Review of the Rollout of the National Broadband Network: Fifth Report. The Committee's fifth report was informed by public hearings and public consultation which attracted 20 submissions. The report made five recommendations ranging across: risk mitigation strategies related to policy change, performance reporting, particularly in regard to the regional fibre rollout, issues associated with interim satellite service, the potential of private equity to fund the NBN, and workforce issues associated with the NBN rollout.

BACKGROUND

The NBN is a telecommunications network that will provide access to high-speed broadband to 100 per cent of Australian premises using a combination of fibre to the premises, fixed-wireless and satellite technologies. NBN Co's objective is to provide 93 per cent of premises with access to a high-speed fibre network capable of providing broadband speeds of up to one gigabit per second (Gbps) download and 400 megabits per second (Mbps) upload. Seven per cent of premises will be served by a combination of next-generation fixed-wireless and satellite technologies providing peak speeds of up to 25 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload.

The NBN will be Australia's first national wholesale, open access broadband network offering equivalent terms and conditions to all access seekers or service providers. The Australian Government has established NBN Co to design, build and operate the new high-speed NBN. NBN Co will roll out the network and sell wholesale services to inter - net and telephone service providers. In turn service providers will offer retail services to consumers. This is a significant structural change to Australia's telecommunications industry, aimed at encouraging vibrant retail competition.

On 7 March 2012, the Definitive Agreements between NBN Co and Teistra came into force. The Agreements pave the way for a faster, cheaper and more efficient rollout of the NBN. They include the reuse of suitable Teistra infrastructure, avoiding infrastructure duplication and for Teistra to progressively structurally separate by decommissioning its copper network . during the NBN rollout. The Definitive Agreements will mean less disruption to communities, less use of overhead cables and faster access to the NBN for Australians.

Planning and construction of the NBN is well underway. On 11 January 2013, NBN Co announced that it had exceeded its target to have construction commenced or completed in areas covering 758,000 premises before the end of 2012. The total number of premises in areas where construction had commenced or completed was 784,592 by year end.

On 21 March 2013, NBN Co reported that it had updated its short-term fibre rollout timeline expecting to pass 341,000 premises with fibre about three months later than the June 2013 target, with between 190,000 and 220,000 premises being forecast to be passed by fibre by end June 2013. NBN Co also assumed direct responsibility for the Northern Territory fibre rollout.

NBN Co advised that this short-term issue will not affect the long-term delivery of the NBN or the overall cost of the project. NBN Co remains on track to deliver better broadband to all Australians by 2021 as set out in NBN Co's 2012-15 Corporate Plan.

On 5 May 2013, NBN Co released an update to its indicative three year fibre rollout plan, which will see NBN construction either commence or be completed by mid-2016 for more than 4.8 million homes, businesses, schools and hospitals across Australia. This is an increase of over 1.3 million premises from NBN Co's 2012-15 fibre rollout plan.

The full list of locations included in the plan can be viewed on NBN Co's website at www.nbnco.com.aukollout/about-the-rollout/communities-in-the-rollouthtml.The three year rollout plan will be updated each year.

On 4 July 2013, NBN Co released its 30 June 2013 rollout figures, confirming that the company had achieved its revised end of financial year fibre rollout targets. The fibre network has passed more than 207,500 premises as of 30 June 2013, meeting NBN Co's revised forecast of between 190,000 and 220,000 premises. As at 30 June 2013, NBN Co had also covered 27,300 premises with the fixed wireless network and 250,000 premises with the interim satellite service.

There are over 70,000 homes and businesses using the NBN as of 30 June 2013, up from 13,600 premises at 30 June 2012. This represents an increase of more than fourfold in the total number of end users over the past 12 months. Additionally, the number of premises connected to NBN fibre services has increased sevenfold from 3,900 premises as at 30 June 2012, to 33,600 premises as at 30 June 2013.

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT RESPONSE

The government has considered the Committee's Fifth Report and provides the following response to the recommendations.

Performance Reporting and Regulatory Issues

Recommendation I

The Committee recommends the Government task the NBN Co Limited to update its Corporate Plan 2012-2015 to prepare strategies to minimise risk in any policy changes that may reasonably be expected to occur in the 2012-2015 period.

Shareholder departments and NBN Co are implementing the government's policy to rollout and operate a National Broadband Network within the existing policy framework set out in the Statement of Expectations.

The six-monthly government progress reports to the Committee and NBN Co's 2012-15 Corporate Plan contain risk and mitigation strategies relevant to the existing policy framework.

Regional and Remote Issues

Recommendation 2

The Committee recommends the NBN Co Limited revised Corporate Plan and the six-monthly Shareholder Ministers' Performance Reports to the Committee include further information on the National Broadband Network fibre rollout in regional Australia.

The government supports this recommendation.

The NBN will enable every community in regional Australia fair access to affordable high - speed broadband. This is underpinned by the delivery of uniform national wholesale pricing within the three technology platforms—fibre, fixed wireless and satellite—and across the platforms for entry level products and other products to the greatest extent where practicable. This means that wholesale broadband prices for comparable products can be the same for households and businesses regardless of where they are located, in the city, in regional Australia or in more remote parts of the country.

The government and NBN Co are committed to publishing as much information as possible on the NBN rollout to regional and rural Australia.

On 25 July 2012, the government released a list of regional towns across Australia that will be receiving access to the high-speed NBN fibre network. To date, the majority of construction and planning so far in the NBN project has been in non-metropolitan areas with more than 70 per cent of communities in NBN Co's 2013-16 fibre rollout plan located in non-metropolitan Australia. It is expected that more than 70 per cent of Australian premises in non-metropolitan areas will be able to access fibre to the premises by the end of the rollout.

NBN Co's 12-month national construction rollout plan and three year national fibre rollout plan lists the communities, in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas across each state and territory, where construction on the fibre network will commence, or be completed by mid-2016. NBN Co's rollout plans, interactive maps and detailed information on progress nationally is available at www.nbnco.com.au/industry/service-providersinetwork-rollout.html

The government has provided information to the Committee on the progress of the fibre rollout to non-metropolitan areas of Australia in past six-monthly NBN progress reports. The government has also included information on the NBN rollout to regional and rural areas in responses to the Committee's first, second and third reports on the Review of the NBN Rollout.

NBN Co's 2011-13 and 2012-15 Corporate Plans confirm that fibre will be built in regional areas as a priority and now that NBN Co has reached volume rollout, NBN Co is considering what additional information can be provided on an ongoing basis.

Recommendation 3

The Committee recommends NBN Co Limited and the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy closely monitor the current rate of Interim Satellite Service (ISS) activations and, prior to the customer cap on the ISS being reached:

consult with relevant stakeholders and the Australian community on options for establishing cost efficient arrangements to ensure that education, health and local government facilities in rural and remote communities and other individuals determined to be most in need of access to the ISS are still able to access the service; and

consider increasing the customer cap on the ISS, if additional satellite capacity becomes available at a competitive cost.

The government supports this recommendation.

As at 30 June 2013, there were over 34,600 customers with an active NBN interim satellite service (ISS) connection, with another 1,800 orders in the process of being connected.

At the Committee's hearing on 19 April 2013, NBN Co's Chief Executive Officer, Mr Mike Quigley, advised that once the 48,000 customer cap for the ISS is reached, NBN Co will not be able to provide satellite services to new customers. 1 NBN Co has investigated options for expanding the available capacity on the ISS, but at this time has not identified alternatives that would be economically viable. 2

Demand for the ISS has been extremely strong. As the former Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy outlined during the Senate Estimates hearing on 30 May 2013, `ISS services were expected to last until late 2014, but the popularity of the ISS means that the orders will reach capacity sometime in early 2014. So NBN Co is managing the remaining services to ensure that customers without

Joint Committee on the National Broadband Network, Public Hearing, 19 April 2013, Transcript (page 38). 2 Ibid.

existing access to affordable metro-comparable broadband services receive priority registration for the ISS' . 3

Additional Issues

Recommendation 4

The Committee recommends that the Government continue considering investor interest in the National Broadband Network and the optimum capital structure for the NBN Co Limited.

The government does not support this recommendation.

Private equity funding prior to the completion of the NBN rollout was explicitly advised against in the NBN Implementation Stud?. The government remains committed to the sale of NBN Co at an appropriate time.

The 2012-15 Corporate Plan assumes that NBN Co will commence raising debt from FY2015 onwards. 5 Prior to this, as set out in the Statement of Expectations, NBN Co will be funded with government equity.

For more information on the Government's position on private equity engagement, refer to the government's response to recommendation 6 of the Committee's Fourth Report and recommendation 12 of the Committee's Third Report.

Recommendation 5

The Committee recommends that the NBN Co Limited continue to:

work with contractors to ensure sufficient mobilisation of skilled labour to meet National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout targets;

update NBN workforce modelling data to assist with communicating and planning for changing NBN training needs and workforce demand; and

encourage the participation of local recruitment firms and the local construction industry in the NBN rollout.

The government supports this recommendation.

As outlined in the government's response to the Committee's Fourth Report, NBN Co has developed and is implementing an overall workforce development strategy that involves:

identifying the gap between supply and demand of appropriately skilled resources;

determining relevant training programs and qualifications, providers, and funding to support skills development; and

3 Senate, Environment and Communications Legislation Committee, Estimates, Public Hearing, 30 May 2013, Hansard (page 110).

4 National Broadband Network Implementation Study, 2010, page 41.

5 NBN Co 2012-15 Corporate Plan, page 16.

a skills assurance program to confirm workers have the necessary regulated and required skills to perform work.

The workforce development strategy also recognises the dispersed nature of the rollout. This will allow for greater use of local recruitment firms and the local construction industry in the NBN rollout, in both regional and metropolitan areas.

The government expects to provide an overview of NBN Co's workforce de ve lopment strategy in its annual statement to the Committee. In the interim, information can be found at NBN Co's website ( www.nbnco.com.au ) which provides an outline of the workforce development strategy activities.

 

Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network

Australian Government Response to the Committee's Second, Third, Fourth and Final Reports

The Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network (the Committee) was established on 25 June 2008 to inquire into the government's initial National Broadband Network (NBN) proposal. The Committee published four interim reports dated

2 December 2008, 12 May 2009, 26 November 2009 and 18 May 2010 and a final report on 17 June 2010.

The Committee's interim reports and final report made 47 recommendations ranging across: the implementation plan for the rollout of the NBN; the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) report on the NBN proposals to the NBN Panel of Experts; the business plan for the rollout to mainland Australia and Tasmania; the governance and funding framework for NBN Co; the government's response to the Implementation Study; the rollout to regional and rural Australia; engagement with key stakeholders; workforce issues; and the commissioning of a cost-benefit analysis. A number of recommendations were replicated across the Committee's reports and some recommendations have been overtaken by the passage of time and the progress of the NBN rollout. As such the government has outlined those report recommendations which have been addressed by the public disclosure of information, legislative arrangements or formal agreements or actively canvassed through the work of other parliamentary committees.

The government notes that at least half of the Committee's report recommendations have been addressed by the disclosure of information on the NBN implementation, and the provision of rollout data and advice over time to parliamentary committees and the public. The government has responded to recommendations 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 from the second interim report, recommendations 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10 and 11 from the third interim report, recommendations 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 20, 24, 27 and 28 from the fourth interim report and recommendation 1 from the final report, by publicly releasing detailed information on the NBN rollout, including:

a statement in Parliament on 23 October 2009 providing a progress report on the NBN Implementation

the Australian National Audit Office performance audit of the NBN Request for Proposal process on 3 February 2010

sections of documents relating to the terminated Request for Proposal process

the lead adviser's Implementation Study for the NBN on 6 May 2010

the government's response to the Implementation Study through the Statement of Expectations for NBN Co on 20 December 2010

partial content from the Interim Implementation Study Report on 24 December 2010

the National Digital Economy Strategy on 31 May 2011and update released on 12 June 2013

the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Review report on 4 May 2012

NBN Co's annual reports in respect of the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 financial years

NBN Co's Corporate Plans for 2011-13 and 2012-15

responses to parliamentary committee reports and tabled answers to questions on notice

information published, through NBN Co, on the progress of the fibre, wireless and satellite rollout

through NBN Co, release of the first three year national fibre rollout plan in March 2012 and an updated three year plan for 2013-16 in May 2013.

The government is committed to progressing the NBN. Since the Committee finalised its reports on the NBN, the government has established NBN Co Limited as a Government Business Enterprise and the Parliament has passed legislation which sets out the operational framework and company-specific requirements for NBN Co and the rollout. The government has responded to recommendations 1, 3, 8 and 11 from the third interim report and recommendations 1, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 15, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23 and 28 from the fourth interim report, through its commitments or powers reflected under legislative arrangements or formal agreements entered into by the government, including the:

National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (National Broadband Network Measures—Access Arrangements) Act 2011

Telecommunications Act 1997

Telecommunications (Low-impact facilities) Determination 1997

Telecommunications Code of Practice 1997

Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency Act 2012

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Universal Service Reform) Act 2012

Telecommunications (Industry Levy) Act 2012

Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency Regulation 2012

agreement between the government and Telstra for the delivery of the Universal Service Obligation and other public interest telecommunications services

agreement between the government and the Independent Members (Mr Tony Windsor and Mr Rob Oakeshott)

agreement between the government and Telstra, whereby public information on migration activities is undertaken by NBN Co in consultation with the government, Telstra and the wider industry.

In 2011 the government established a Joint Committee on the National Broadband Network (JCNBN), to report to the Parliament on the rollout of the NBN on a six-monthly basis until the completion of the project which demonstrates the government's commitment to openness and transparency for the NBN. The terms of reference for the JCNBN provides for the ongoing parliamentary scrutiny of all aspects of the rollout of the NBN including many of the issues raised in the Committee's reports.

The government has agreed to report to the Parliament, through the JCNBN, on the rollout of the NBN on a six-monthly basis. The government's progress reports on the NBN enable the JCNBN in turn to report to the Parliament and shareholder Ministers as required on the Review of the NBN Rollout.

The government's responses to the JCNBN's first, second, third and fourth reports on the Review of the NBN Rollout address some of the Senate Select Committee's report recommendations. Specifically, recommendation 6 from the third interim report and recommendations 25 and 26 from the fourth interim report which relate to the government undertaking a skills audit for the NBN rollout. The government has addressed these recommendations in its responses to recommendations 13, 14 and 15 of the JCNBN's third report and recommendation 8 of the JCNBN's fourth report on the Review of the

NBN Rollout.

Further to government responses to JCNBN reports on the NBN rollout, shareholder departments and NBN Co appear regularly before parliamentary committees and respond to a significant number of questions on notice around the NBN rollout. The government notes that several of the Committee's report recommendations have also been addressed by responses to questions taken on notice at Senate Budget Estimates and JCNBN hearings.

The government notes recommendation 12 of the third interim report was addressed by the Senate when it revised the Committee's terms of reference in 2009.

The government recognises the level of interest in the rollout of the NBN attracts

considerable inquiries from a range of parliamentary committees and the public. To the extent the matters raised in the Committee's report recommendations are not already addressed, the government considers the JCNBN would provide the appropriate process for any further review.

Ordered that the committee documents be printed.