ACT-NSW 2016-2017 Annual Work List

2016-17 Annual Work List

Project Title

Opportunities and Issues [Context]


Lead Agency

Key Focus Area 1 – Economic Development

1.1 Tourism and freight opportunities for the ACT and the South East Region

The Canberra Airport is a major gateway to Canberra and the region. The announcement of direct international flights between Singapore, Canberra and Wellington creates significant opportunity for the ACT and the South East region.

By working collaboratively we can ensure that we are leveraging this opportunity to create jobs, grow and diversify the economy, build industry capacity in the tourism and export sector and enhance the visitor experience.

  • Share planning, transport and freight data to build an evidence base that will inform decisions regarding road, transport, freight and tourism infrastructure.
  • Co-fund a freight research project that will examine and report on the potential freight opportunity and supporting infrastructure required.
  • Develop a governance framework for joint collaboration between NSW Industry, ACT Economic Development with an immediate focus on building capacity and capability for the international export/freight markets.
  • Develop a governance framework for joint collaboration between DestinationNSW and VisitCanberra with an immediate focus on data sharing; product and experience development; annual program of industry capacity building; and joint marketing activity in relevant markets.




1.2 CBR Region – A place to work, live, visit and invest. A plan to promote the South East Region

In 2015 the CBR Region Brand (incorporating Brand Canberra) was adopted by the South East Local Government areas and the CBR Joint Organisation as a marketable identity for the region.

  • Develop a joint ACT/NSW/Canberra Regional Joint Organisation (CBRJO) governance framework to support the CBR Region brand's development.
  • Support the CBRJO develop the Canberra Region Brand and a Brand Strategy which will include activation opportunities, development of a CBR Region website and social media channels.
  • Develop a range of industry profiles that showcase regional opportunities to attract workforce, businesses, visitors and investment to the region.
  • Collaborate on defence industry development activities:
    • undertake a stocktake of defence industry capability across the ACT and Region
    • coordinate skills and training needs of defence businesses including certification to meet Defence requirements
    • promote opportunities in the defence supply chain to businesses in the region
    • coordinate marketing, events management and trade promotions
    • advocate to the Australian Government to promote local industry participation and to develop exports markets.




1.3 Labour mobility in the NSW-ACT cross-border area

In an effort to reduce red-tape for cross-border businesses the ACT and NSW Governments will focus on improved labour mobility by allowing holders of certain licences to work on both sides of the ACT-NSW border while only needing to hold a licence from one jurisdiction.

  • Negotiate and implement respective Ministerial Declarations to achieve equivalency in identified occupations.




1.4 Cross-border Infrastructure

Regional economic development including growing number of cross-border residential developments provide an opportunity to explore and advocate for infrastructure investment across the two jurisdictions to support and enhanced level of economic activity.

  • Identify and advocate for key infrastructure that supports economic development of both jurisdictions.
  • Progress funding principles and a framework for cross-border infrastructure investment.



Key Focus Area 2 – Built and Natural Environment

2.1 NSW South East and Tablelands Regional Plan

On 23 May 2016 the draft NSW South East and Tablelands Regional Plan was released for public consultation.

The draft plan presents a planning framework for the nine Local Government Areas, extending from the Southern Highlands and Tablelands to the Victorian border, surrounding the ACT and incorporating the Snowy Mountains and South Coast.

The draft plan recognises the benefit of the proximity of the region to Canberra with the capital continuing to figure prominently in the way the region grows.

  • Release the draft NSW South East and Tablelands Regional Plan for public comment and seek ACT Government input on the draft plan.
  • Identify opportunities and mechanisms for the ACT and NSW Governments to progress the key strategic goals and actions contained with the draft plan.




2.2 Cross-border developments

As the population grows on both sides of the border, the contiguous nature of development places pressure on both jurisdictions to deliver comparable and complementary infrastructure and services.

  • To work together to leverage and coordinate significant infrastructure and service delivery projects.




2.3 Cross-border Catchment Management

The ACT Government has released the draft ACT and Region Catchment Strategy for public consultation. The draft Strategy covers the area within the Upper Murrumbidgee River Catchment, upstream of Burrinjuck Dam and extending towards Lake Eucumbene in the South.

A whole of catchment strategic approach will ensure an integrated catchment management in the ACT and NSW South East Region.

  • Progress regional collaboration and coordination initiatives on catchment management.
  • Examine opportunities to align national, regional and territory investment in the context of integrated catchment management (through information sharing and building partnerships).
  • Pursue opportunities for joint/coordinated activities including investment across borders.







2.4 Waste management initiatives in materials recovery and recycling

ACT and NSW are working together to reduce waste to landfill and illegal waste activities such as dumping, as well as taking a regional approach to future waste infrastructure and business opportunities.

Create a partnership with local councils and relevant government agencies to reduce opportunities for inappropriate waste removal with a particular focus on beneficial re-use of clean fill.

The NSW Government is introducing a container deposit scheme, commencing in July 2017.  With NSW's decision to introduce its scheme, the ACT Government intends to collaborate to ensure effective outcomes in materials recycling across both jurisdictions.

  • Develop and implement regional waste strategies to support local councils and public land managers to reduce opportunities for illegal dumping.
  • Examine options to facilitate a uniform introduction of a container deposit scheme across the ACT and NSW.





2.5 Cross-border transport solutions

With an estimated 20 000 traffic movements from NSW into the ACT daily there is an opportunity to improve accessibility to, and connectivity of, public and community transport for residents living in the cross-border region.


  • Investigate cross-border transport connectivity issues to improving accessibility of public and community transport, fares and concessions, timetabling and ticketing options.
  • Investigate options to allow point to point transport services (ride share, hire cars/limousines, courtesy buses, community transport and taxis) to operate across the border.



Key Focus Area 3 – Integrated Service Planning

3.1 Planning and delivery of education and training services



Pre-school, school and VET students in the cross-border region are able to access both ACT and NSW facilities, subject to meeting the respective enrolment requirements. Recognising that a considerable number of NSW students currently access ACT facilities, a mechanism to better inform improved strategic planning is required.

  • Establish an agreement and guidelines for information sharing between agencies and across borders to facilitate school capacity mapping and school transportation planning.
  • Ensure that schools in the ACT and NSW are using the Interstate Student Data Transfer Note and Protocol to share information when students move between states.
  • Improve flexibility, support and outcomes for students with special needs through consultation between local education services teams.

ACT Education Directorate



3.2 The protection and well-being of victims of domestic and family violence


NSW is introducing laws that will facilitate full information sharing and enforcements of Domestic Violence Orders between courts and police across Australia. Through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), the ACT and NSW can work together on this initiative. The ACT and NSW Governments should consider removing barriers to information sharing arrangements to ensure greater collaboration.

  • Work through COAG to improve information sharing and cooperation.

ACT CSD; ACT Coordinator General for Family Safety



3.3 The protection of children

There are opportunities to enhance the protection of children through the sharing of information and the alignment of services in some areas, including potential changes to legislation.

  • ACT and NSW child protection agencies work to align information sharing legislation, policies and procedures.
  • Deliver training and communication on information policies, legislation and procedures.




3.4 Transition to the NDIS

The ACT piloted the roll out of NDIS, with South East NSW commencing its operation from July 2016. Coordination of NDIS across the ACT and South East Region provides opportunities for improved care and outcomes for NDIS clients.

  • Address cross-border issues related to the NDIS roll out including but not limited to: work force; community transport and regulatory environment.
  • Monitor cross-border issues that may impact on equitable access for clients with a disability as the NDIS roll out progresses.




3.5 Keeping communities safe

A coordinated ACT/NSW approach to emergency management ensures the respective communities are well prepared for cross-border events. Emergency services, functional areas and participating agencies can provide effective emergency management, communications and disaster recovery in response to cross-border events.

The ACT-NSW Cross-Border Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery Steering Committee is well placed to facilitate further coordination in this area.


  • The Cross-Border Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery Committee will work together to:
    • integrate emergency services and emergency response and recovery plans for the ACT and Southern NSW Emergency Management Region
    • maintain, track and update Memorandums of Understanding and Mutual Aid Agreements between ACT and NSW Government Emergency Service Organisations and agencies as well as response and recovery plans
    • integrate and align preparedness and prevention systems and activities
    • develop a Cross-Border Emergency Management Communications and Media Plan that covers the ACT and South East NSW
    • coordinate joint exercises and invite NSW officials to an annual co-opted meeting of ACT's Security and Emergency Management Senior Officials Group (SEMSOG).




3.6 Examine opportunities for integrated planning of health care services: Demand management

ACT and NSW are working together to ensure operational efficiency of hospitals and other health services in the ACT and surrounding Region. This will ensure the best possible utilisation of scarce health resources to deliver care for patients in the right place and at the right time.

One focus of this work is reversing the flow of targeted NSW elective surgery patients.

ACT and NSW jointly monitor activity and manage demand on a regular basis.

Continue to work together to develop and implement a detailed action plan to achieve reversal of targeted NSW to ACT elective surgery flow.

ACT Health



3.7 Examine opportunities for integrated planning of health care services: Improve the experience of patients

With many patients accessing both ACT and NSW Health services, there is a need for streamlined procedures between ACT hospitals and SNSW LHD.

The SNSW LHD/ACT Cross-border Working Group has an action plan to improve communication and patient flow procedures between SNSW LHD, Calvary and The Canberra Hospital.

ACT Health



3.8 Examine opportunities for integrated planning of health care services: Intensive Care Network

Investigate the implementation of a regional Intensive Care Unit (ICU) network between the ACT ICUs and Bega ICU. This networked 'service' approach rather than standalone 'unit' approach is intended to enable timely access to senior critical care advice and a shared responsibility for intensive care service delivery for the region.

ACT Health, NSW Ministry of Health, SNSW LHD, and the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation to investigate and work towards a Service Agreement to create an Intensive Care Network.

Continue to work to develop and implement a detailed action plan to establish an ICU network that includes a level four unit at Bega.

ACT Health


ACT Agency List

NSW Agency List

CMTEDD – Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

CBC – NSW Cross-Border Commissioner

CSD – Community Services Directorate

DFSI – Department of Finance, Services and Innovation

EPSDD – Environment, Planning and Sustainable Directorate

DISRD – Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development

ESA – Emergency Services Agency

DOE – Department of Education

TCCS - Transport Canberra and City Services

DOJ – Department of Justice


DPC – Department of Premier and Cabinet


DPE – Department of Planning and Environment


EPA - NSW Environment Protection Authority


FACS – Department of Family and Community Services


MOH – Ministry of Health


OEM – Office of Emergency Management


SNSW LHD – Southern NSW Local Health District


TfNSW – Transport for NSW