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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 6 Hansard (7 May) . . Page.. 2164..


Incorporated document

Attachment 1

Document incorporated by the Minister for Disability and Housing, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Corrections.

ACT GOVERNMENT POLICY FRAMEWORK FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY AND THEIR FAMILIES

Tabling Statement

  • I am pleased to table for the information of Members, the ACT Government Policy Framework for Children and Young People with a Disability and their Families.

  • The policy framework represents a comprehensive, whole-of-ACT Government response to the individual needs of children and young people with a disability and their families.

  • Access Economics tells us that there are 84,067 children and young people under the age of 18 in the ACT. Nationally, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 4.3% of children aged from birth to 14 years need support in one of the core activity areas of mobility, communication or self care. An extrapolation of this data indicates that there are approximately 3,600 children and young people in the ACT who will benefit from the outcomes this policy framework will deliver.

  • The ACT Government is committed to creating a society that values all of its members. This Government has a strong record in responding to the needs of Canberra's most vulnerable citizens.

  • The policy framework sets a model for better integration of services across ACT Government to support children and young people with a disability and their families. It represents significant progress towards improving outcomes for children and young people in the ACT.

  • The policy framework is consistent with the goals and underlying principles of key ACT Government strategies, such as:

    • Building our Community The Canberra Social Plan (2004);
    • The ACT Children's Plan 2004-14; and
    • Challenge 2014: A ten year vision for disability in the ACT.

  • It is also compatible with the requirements of key legislation, such as:

    • Children and Young People Act 2008;
    • Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (C'wth);
    • Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT);
    • Education Act 2004; and
    • Human Rights Act 2004.


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