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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 5826..


this year calling on the government to conduct "a review of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and the application of the recommendations to all correctional facilities in the ACT, ensuring that this application reflects current best practice". How was this review carried out and who contributed to the review?

DR BOURKE: I thank Mr Seselja for his question. The government tabled its response to the motion of 21 September 2011 on Tuesday, 6 December 2011, yesterday. As part of this response, the government provided detailed reporting against the relevant Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody recommendations. ACT Corrective Services and the Health Directorate worked closely in preparing that response to the Assembly regarding this item, and I refer Mr Seselja to that response.

MR SESELJA: The representatives from Gugan Gulwan and the Aboriginal Justice Centre have stated that they were not actively consulted on the review. Is this a satisfactory level of communication with the Indigenous community?

DR BOURKE: I thank Mr Seselja for his question. This is a detailed question which will require me to take it on notice.

ACT public service—Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff network

MS PORTER: Minister, what is the ACT public service Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff network and what does it provide to its members?

DR BOURKE: I thank Ms Porter for her question. The ACT public service Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff network comprises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people employed by the ACT public service. The network meets every two months and provides opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to contribute to improving service and program delivery by the ACT government and to promote cultural understanding.

The network provides a regular forum for the exchange of information between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees; the opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees to make recommendations regarding the design, implementation and delivery of services and programs that are funded by the ACT government; and the opportunity for staff networking and support.

Secretariat support for the network is provided by the Community Services Directorate's office of multicultural, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs. All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people employed by the ACT public service are invited and encouraged to participate in the network. All supervisors and managers are encouraged to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff participation in the network.

MS PORTER: Minister, are there any traineeship opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT public service?

DR BOURKE: I thank Ms Porter for her question. The ACT public service Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traineeship program is a whole-of-government,


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