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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 12 Hansard (28 October) . . Page.. 5355..


Answers to questions

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders—services (Question No 1057)

Ms Hunter asked the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, upon notice, on 26 August 2010 (redirected to the Acting Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs):

(1) Is the Minister aware that in a November 2007 report by Professor Larissa Behrendt entitled What Works? A Research-Based Policy Approach to Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities it was stated that the Community Inclusion Board would fund research in 2008 related to overcrowding barriers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people accessing mainstream services; if so, what is the status of this research and is it publicly available.

(2) What work is currently being undertaken by the ACT Government to address the findings of the research.

(3) If the research referred to in part (1) was not undertaken, why not, and will the Government look at doing this research now.

(4) Given that the Community Inclusion Board no longer exists, which body has the lead on researching and publishing reports on ATSI policy.

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

(1) Yes. The Chair of the Community Inclusion Board provided a copy of the report to the Minister on 1 February 2008.

The report What Works? A Research-Based Policy Approach to Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities is publically available at: http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/data/assets/pdf_file/0003/114843/what-works-atsi-seminar.pdf

The research described in the 'next steps' section of the report was not undertaken by the Community Inclusion Board.

The themes identified in the report are reflected in the Community Inclusion Board's principles for understanding and implementing community inclusion in the ACT. These principles conclude the Board's 2009 report to the ACT Government, which is titled: Sharing the benefits of our community: Building community inclusion in Canberra.

(2) The ACT Government is addressing the findings of the report in the context of its ongoing work in progressing the 'Closing the Gap' agenda set by the Council of Governments.

The findings in the report will also be taken into account in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service Delivery Framework - Implementation Plan which is being developed.


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