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Wednesday, 14 October 2015
Page: 7693


Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate, Minister for Communications, Minister for the Arts and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Government) (17:49): The funding that will be required and who the funding might be paid to on the basis of sitting fees—I think you mentioned those—will be a function of the actual structure that is chosen for that body in the particular locality.

I should also mention that in terms of those who will be participating in the local body, the privacy requirements would be outlined in the formal agreement between the local community body and the Commonwealth and would comply with the Australian Privacy Principles. Each individual member of the local community body would be required to sign a declaration of confidentiality confirming that they will not disclose any protected information of trial participants. As I was saying before, there will be further consultations to ensure that it is an appropriate review process that will be set up to allow an independent review of decisions separate from the board.