QLD-NSW 2016-2017 Annual Work List

Annual Work List 2016-17

Project Title

Issue / Opportunities

Actions

Lead Agency

Key Focus Area 1 – Regional Economic Development

  • Collaborative planning of future cross-border urban and regional developments

There are opportunities to improve cross-border planning approvals, to ensure new urban and regional developments are able to access necessary services.

Develop a cross-border infrastructure and service delivery model and agreed protocol to support future cross-border developments.

NSW: DPE, with DPC support

QLD: DILGP

  • Undertaking a systematic approach to addressing the issues in approved urban and regional developments in cross-border communities, with an initial focus on the Cobaki Estate

The Cobaki Estate has been approved for development by the NSW Government. Due to the proximity to the Queensland border, a joint approach to service and infrastructure delivery is required.

Investigate a cross-border service and infrastructure delivery plan for Cobaki estate, including:

  • access to utilities including electricity, water, gas and sewerage, municipal services, waste management and disposal
  • local and state government approvals
  • infrastructure contributions by developers
  • education
  • emergency services and policing
  • health, social and community welfare services
  • transport connectivity.

NSW: DPE, DPC and Cross-Border Commissioner

QLD:DILGP lead with support from DSD, DTMR

and to include Gold Coast HHS and North NSW LHD

  • Joint advocacy for major infrastructure projects

There are opportunities to work together to advocate for major infrastructure projects as opportunities arise.

Queensland and NSW Governments to work together to identify and advocate for key infrastructure that supports economic development of both states.

NSW: DPC

QLD: DPC

  • Identifying infrastructure constraints and public domain improvements to encourage investment in cross-border regions

There are opportunities to work collaboratively to identify infrastructure constraints and public domain improvements.

NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet Office of Local Government to broker collaboration between Queensland and NSW local governments.

NSW: DPC Office of Local Government

QLD: DILGP

Key Focus Area 2 – Aligning Services and Sharing Information

2.1 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.

  • Queensland and NSW child protection agencies work to align information sharing policies and procedures.

NSW: FACS

QLD: DCCSDS and Qld Health

  • Deliver training and communication on information policies, legislation and procedures.

NSW: FACS

QLD: DCCSDS, Qld Health and DET

2.2 A person-centred approach to the access and delivery of health care services

There are opportunities to identify effective jurisdictional (inter and intra) governance and financial arrangements which support the seamless delivery of health care services based on a person-centred approach.

  • Queensland and NSW patients, particularly patients being discharged from hospital to home or residential aged care facility, may experience difficulties in accessing Non-Emergency Patient Transport services for journeys that cross state borders.
  • Improve patient discharge and handover through a range of electronic medical record changes including automated forwarding of Admission and Discharge notifications to General Practitioners.
  • Improve linkages with Primary Health Networks for pre and post hospital episodes of care.
  • Improve transfer and return of critically ill and/or injured patients through collaborative development of Referral and Return Pathways (clinical pathways) for tertiary services available at Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH).
  • Improve access to postnatal care through development of agreed cross-border protocols.

NSW: MOH

QLD: QLD Health

  • Schools and school communities may find it difficult to access interstate health services for their students.
  • Establish networks between health care services and schools to support delivery of health care in cross-border communities.

NSW: MOH

QLD: QLD Health

  • Students may not have ambulance coverage in their respective cross-border jurisdictions.
  • Address ambulance cover for students when travelling interstate.

NSW: Department of Education

QLD: QLD Health

2.3 a) Keeping communities safe - emergency management

  • There are opportunities to share information and coordinate activity during emergency situations, with a focus on floods, storms, biosecurity and public health cross-border arrangements.
  • Cross-border credentialing of medical specialists to respond to emergencies.
  • Coordinated prevention, preparedness, response and recovery approach to emergency situations such as flooding and fires that impact the road network.

NSW: MOH (NNSW LHD)

QLD: Qld Health

NSW: DOJ,

Police and Combat Agencies, RMS

QLD: QLD Police, DTMR

  • There is an opportunity to improve the availability of information on local road closures in the cross-border region.
  • Extending current membership of MOUs and Cross Border committees to include other emergency services (other than fire).
  • Increase online incident management across agencies to share timely information and intelligence during bush fire emergencies.
  • Chief Superintendents from QFES Swift Water Rescue, FRNSW and NSW SES to establish enhanced principles for State Cross Border Collaboration (All Hazards Approach). This will include:
  • Technical Rescue capability between Fire & Rescue NSW/Queensland, and NSW SES for (swift water and vertical rescue)
  • Enhanced Major Incident Exercise testing between agencies (outside of bushfire)
  • Capability and Communications Planning between agencies.

NSW: DOJ – Office of Emergency Management, NSW SES, NSW Rural Fire Service, FRNSW

QLD: QFES

2.3 b) Keeping communities safe – anti-social behaviour

There are opportunities for Queensland and NSW to align provisions and regulations concerning anti-social behaviour.

  • Update the formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between both jurisdictions in relation to the management of Forensic patients.

NSW: MOH

QLD: Qld Health & DCCSDS

2.4 Enhancing the sharing of information between agencies to support service planning and delivery

There are opportunities to enhance information sharing to enable:

  • equal access to education and care for students.
  • Establish an agreement and guidelines for information sharing between agencies and across borders to improve education service delivery.
  • Improve flexibility, support and outcomes for students with special needs through consultation between local education services teams.

NSW: DISRD
QLD: DET

QLD: DET

  • coordination and collaboration between homelessness service providers.
  • Expand local governance mechanisms such as Homelessness Interagency Groups (DHIGs) to improve service delivery, client outcomes and increase the proportion of youth exiting specialist homelessness services into long-term accommodation.

NSW: FACS

QLD: DHPW

  • improved extradition and parolee processes.
  • Improve extradition and parolee processes by establishing guidelines and information sharing between agencies and across borders.

NSW: DOJ

QLD: DJAG

  • harmonisation of training arrangements by better aligning access for government subsidies.
  • Continue work on further harmonisation.

NSW: DISRD

QLD: TAFE

  • Linking skills with jobs by exploring opportunities to integrate training services arrangements to improve skills and training outcomes to enable job creation.
  • Implement Cross Border Apprenticeship training contractual arrangements.
  • Review with a view to aligning RTO eligibility and student eligibility requirements.

NSW: DISRD

QLD: TAFE

Key Focus Area 3 – Local Transport

3.1 Greater efficiencies in delivering flexible border transport solutions

There are opportunities to improve accessibility to and connectivity of, public transport for residents living in the cross-border region. In particular:

  • late night transport options from Coolangatta entertainment precinct to NSW
  • point to point transport (multiple service options, including taxis, hire cars and ride share).

Investigate options to allow point to point transport services (rideshare, hire cars/limousines and taxis) to operate across the border.

NSW: Transport for NSW

QLD: DTMR

3.2 Integrating border bus services

There is an opportunity to improve the integration of timetabled cross-border bus services.

  • Investigate options to improve the customer experience on cross-border timetabled bus services, including consideration of which fares and concessions would be appropriate for these services.
  • Improve flexibility to ensure cross-border concerns do not adversely affect access to transport (including buses) or travel times for students.

NSW: Transport for NSW

QLD: DTMR

3.3 Alignment of priority border road projects

There are opportunities to share transport infrastructure planning considerations and priorities to ensure connectivity and alignment.

Conduct a needs assessment and develop an action plan for aligning priority border road projects.

NSW: RMS

QLD: DTMR

3.4 Tugun Bypass

In accordance with the Interstate Project Agreement (IPA) responsibilities for the section of Tugun Bypass in NSW reverts to RMS in June 2018.

State Road Agencies to process in line with the IPA.

NSW: RMS

QLD: DTMR

Key Focus Area 4 – Issues of National Significance

  • Consistent action on waste management

There are opportunities to improve and align the legislative framework and waste regulations.

Consider options to better align the legislative framework.

NSW: EPA

QLD: DEHP

  • Expansion of mutual recognition arrangements

There is an opportunity to improve labour mobility by expanding automatic mutual recognition (AMR) which allows holders of certain categories of occupational licences to work on both sides of the NSW-Queensland border, while only needing to hold a licence from one jurisdiction (NSW or Queensland).

While AMR will have the greatest impact on labour mobility, further work can be done under the Mutual Recognition Act by continuing the current Ministerial declaration process.

  • Respective Ministers negotiate and implement Ministerial Declarations to achieve equivalency in identified occupations.
  • Facilitate mutual recognition of teacher professional learning, registration and accreditation between states.

NSW: DFSI

QLD: Qld Treasury

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

Queensland and NSW are introducing laws that will facilitate full information sharing and enforcements of DVOs between courts and police across Australia. Through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), Queensland and NSW will work together on this initiative.

There are opportunities to consider removing barriers to information sharing arrangements to ensure greater collaboration.

Work through COAG to progress these initiatives as efficiently as possible.

NSW: DPC

QLD: DPC, DJAG and DCCSDS

  • Roll-out of the NDIS

There are opportunities to monitor the roll-out of the NDIS.

  • Implement a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework to monitor the impacts of the introduction of the NDIS on the NSW Health system.
  • Locally, continue to develop NDIS networks and attend joint presentations/workshops.
  • Monitor cross-border issues that may impact on equitable access of students with disability as the NDIS roll out progresses.

NSW: MOH

QLD: DCCSDS

NSW: FACS

QLD: DCCSDS

NSW: DOE

QLD: DCCSDS & DET

  • Harmonising heavy vehicle regulations, noting the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has responsibility for this at the National level

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has primary carriage of regulations related to heavy vehicles.

There are opportunities to consider bilateral negotiations.

Where appropriate, Queensland and NSW consider bilateral negotiations or trials.

NSW: Transport for NSW

QLD: DTMR

  • Sharing information to advance negotiations occurring through COAG

There are opportunities to use information sharing to advance negotiations through COAG.

Queensland and NSW will share information to advance negotiations through COAG.

NSW: DPC

QLD: DPC

Queensland Agency list

NSW Agency list

DCCSDS – Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services

DFSI – Department of Finance, Services and Innovation

DEHP – Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

DISRD – Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development

DET – Department of Education and Training

DOE – Department of Education

DHPW – Department of Housing and Public Works

DOJ – Department of Justice

DILGP – Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning

DPC – Department of Premier and Cabinet

DJAG – Department of Justice and Attorney General

DPE – Department of Planning and Environment

DPC – Department of the Premier and Cabinet

FACS – Department of Family and Community Services

DSD – Department of State Development

FRNSW – Fire and Rescue NSW

DTMR – Department of Transport and Main Roads

MOH – Ministry of Health

HHS – Hospital and Health Service

NNSW LHD – Northern NSW Local Health District

QFES – Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

NSW Police

Qld Health

NSW RFS – NSW Rural Fire Service

Qld Police

OEH – Office of Environment and Heritage

Qld Treasury

RMS – Roads and Maritime Services

SES – State Emergency Service

TfNSW - Transport for NSW