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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 3466..


Paper

Mr Speaker presented the following paper:

Study trip—report by Mr Stefaniak MLA—visit to the NSW Judicial Commission—Sydney, 4 to 6 June 2008.

Homelessness strategy

Papers and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Minister for Health, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Disability and Community Services, Minister for Women): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Homelessness Strategy—Breaking the Cycle—

Third progress report for the period July 2006-June 2007, dated November 2007.

Evaluation, dated December 2007.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: I am pleased to table in the Assembly today the third annual progress report on the implementation of Breaking the cycle: the ACT homelessness strategy, and the final evaluation of Breaking the cycle: the ACT homelessness strategy.

This third annual progress report provides an overview of the range of activities associated with implementation from July 2006 to June 2007. The report notes numerous highlights from the strategy's third year of operation. A few of these are: finalisation of the ACT homelessness charter—a statement of rights for homeless people and a service guarantee for homelessness service providers; development of policies, strategies and frameworks designed to improve service responses and coordination by reducing the number of contact points supplied; finalisation of research into children's experience of homelessness; and development of an implementation plan to incorporate key findings of the research into SAAP sector practice.

While this and the preceding annual progress reports have clearly documented the activities and actions taken to implement the strategy, the final evaluation builds on that work by identifying how well as a whole these activities and actions have improved outcomes for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The final evaluation of Breaking the cycle: the ACT homelessness strategy assesses the impact of the strategy on people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness against a number of measures. In doing so, it considers the short-term and likely long-term benefits for government, service providers and individuals, and makes recommendations about areas for future focus.


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