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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 4 Hansard (23 March) . . Page.. 1300..

MS BURCH (continuing):

ACT women and girls told us that their contribution to all aspects of Canberra life should be recognised and their diversity celebrated; that improvements to access, equity, participation and safety will benefit all Canberrans; that violence against women and their children and community safety need to be addressed; that collaboration between government agencies, the community and businesses is required to develop effective and responsive policies, programs and services that support the needs of women and girls; and that the collection and analysis of data on women and girls needs strengthening to inform policies, programs and services.

This feedback was important in shaping strategic direction and priority areas in the plan. Improving the lives of women and girls presents opportunities and challenges. The ACT government has identified priority areas in the plan under the economic, social and environmental aspects of life. This is to guide the ACT government's policy, program and service initiatives in partnership with the community and business sectors.

ACT government departments will be required to report against the objectives of the plan and to show how their policy program and service initiatives are meeting the interests and unmet needs of women and girls. The Office for Women will report against the indicators of progress using the data provided by the departments to determine progress towards full equity and participation for women and girls. This work will progressively raise awareness and build the skills and tools necessary to view government programs and policies through a gender lens.

The plan was developed and guided by a group of senior women from ACT government departments and the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Women. A similar group will guide the implementation of the plan and review the indicators of progress to meet the changing needs.

This plan reflects the views and experiences many individual groups and representatives from the community organisations in the ACT. I would like to thank the many Canberrans who contributed to its development and, in particular, to members of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Women.

The ACT government together with the community and business sectors and wider community now have roles and responsibilities in the implementation of the plan to support equity and participation and to improve the status and lives of women and girls in the ACT. Mr Assistant Speaker and members of the Assembly, I am proud to table this paper.


Mr Corbell presented the following papers:

Subordinate legislation (including explanatory statements unless otherwise stated)

Legislation Act, pursuant to section 64—

Education Act—

Education (Government Schools Education Council) Appointment 2010 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2010-26 (LR, 4 March 2010).

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