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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 7 Hansard (16 May) . . Page.. 2125..


strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People 2011-2015 outlines the actions to be used by ACT government directorates to increase and maintain employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT public service.

The strategy was developed in response to recommendations arising from the 2009 ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body estimates-type hearings in addition to the ACT's obligations under intergovernmental agreements with the commonwealth government. The committee is interested in the progress made to date in implementing the ACT public service employment strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as well as looking at the nature and effectiveness of ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander training and employment initiatives more broadly.

The committee has adopted the following terms of reference:

To inquire into and report on ACT Public Service Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, with particular reference to:

implementation of the ACT Public Service Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy;

effectiveness of current attraction and retention programs;

data collection, monitoring and reporting mechanisms;

relevant experiences and learnings from Australian state, commonwealth and international jurisdictions; and

any other relevant matter.

The committee will shortly be calling for public submissions to the inquiry.

Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella), by leave: This statement relates to the attendance of the Standing Committee on Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services at the Planning Institute of Australia's 2013 national congress. From 24 to 27 March this year, I and two other members of the Standing Committee on Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services, Dr Bourke and Mr Wall, attended the Planning Institute of Australia's national congress entitled "Celebrate the value of planning: past, present and future"which was held in Canberra and was an apt theme for Australia's capital city in its centenary year.

To coincide with the national congress the PIA's national young planners network committee also held its ninth annual conference for young planners, YPConnect. Mr Wall attended this event and he will provide a brief account shortly on that one.

The Planning Institute of Australia, which was originally created in 1951 as the Regional and Town Planning Institute of Australia, later became the Royal Australia


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