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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 9 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 4159..

Questions without notice taken on notice

Housing—older persons—Thursday, 19 August June 2010

MS BURCH (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Coe): I would like to confirm that the homes in Macquarie and Curtin will be tenanted from October this year. I would also like to correct the record. These sites are not yet physically complete. It is envisaged that physical completion will be by the end of September 2010. This is in line with my statement that homes would be handed over from October 2010.

What I had intended to say was that the assessment process for the Macquarie homes is complete, with the assessment for the Curtin homes due for completion today (24 August 2010). The notification of future residents has commenced today (24 August 2010).

Children—national foster care standards—Thursday, 19 August

June 2010

MS BURCH (in reply to supplementary questions by Ms Hunter and Ms Le Couteur): In response to Ms Hunter's question regarding a more detailed explanation of the National Foster Care Standards, I can advise that the Australian Capital Territory has participated in the development of the National Standards for Out of Home Care through the National Child Protection Framework Implementation Working Group.

The National Standards for Out of Home Care will provide over-arching regulations and standards for out of home care in all states and territories. The standards relate to areas that impact on the outcomes and experience of children in out of home care, including connection to family, training and support for carers - culture, community and identity as well as health, safety, education, case planning and transition from care.

After considerable consultation, the draft National Standards for Out of Home Care were released on 7 July 2010 for further consultation. A copy of the Working Document on National Standards for Out of Home Care that outlines the draft National Standards is available on the Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs website.

Comments from the consultation will be reported back to the Community and Disability Services Ministers Conference by the end of 2010. Implementation of the National Standards is planned for 1 July 2011.

If you would like a further briefing on the draft National Standards, you are most welcome to request this.

In response to Ms Le Couteur's question regarding percentages of funding provided by the Commonwealth and ACT Governments, the Australian Government is currently not providing any funding for the development and implementation of the National Standards for Out of Home Care. Further discussion about resourcing implications for implementation will occur as part of the ongoing consultation on the finalisation of the National Standards.

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