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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 4 Hansard (17 March) . . Page.. 1274..


provide temporary employment to assist persons to gain ability to participate in the Australian workforce.

The first program will be the Disability Employment Program to support the employment of people with a disability. The program will involve all ACTPS agencies, with Chief Minister's Department providing advice and support to ACTPS agencies in the implementation of the Program.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Office-website

(Question No 173)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 17 February 2005:

Has the ACT Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs updated its website since 10 June 2004; if not, why not.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

Yes. The ACT Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs last updated its website on 18 February 2005.

Women-status

(Question No 174)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Women, upon notice, on 17 February 2005:

(1) Have the 59 recommendations made by the Legislative Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Women in the A.C.T. been implemented;

(2) What is the status of the cross agency approach to policy development to improve the status of women.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

Progress on the implementation of the recommendations in The Status of Women in the ACT report was tabled at the Select Committee on Estimates Hearing of 31 May 2004. A copy of this report is attached for your information.

The Status of Women in the ACT report informed the development of The ACT Women's Plan, which was released in September 2004. This Plan now provides across government direction for policy development and measurement of progress in relation to issues for women.

The Plan was developed with guidance from an Interdepartmental Committee and identifies areas for action that inform the development of Annual Action Plans. These Action Plans provide details of supporting structures, policies and processes in place across the ACT Government that aim to achieve the objectives of The ACT Women's Plan.

Work is currently underway on the development of the 2005-06 Action Plan, which will be released later this year.


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