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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 12 Hansard (30 October) . .

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Over the last 10 months the official visitors have visited 116 visitable places. This is indeed an impressive effort. The visits have assisted them to engage with residents, their guardians and support workers and to build confidence about the role of the official visitor. Importantly, the visits have enabled the official visitors to hear about the things that are going well for residents and to find solutions to issues that are worrying residents.

From their experience, the official visitors have also been able to provide important advice in other areas. In particular, their experience has informed the development of the official visitor self-advocacy toolkit, launched in August this year. The toolkit aims to raise awareness about self-advocacy and the role of the official visitor. It informs people about their rights and how they can be assisted to speak out about their rights. It has been put out to all visitable places where people live, and the short films, which feature actors, are also available to watch online.

Ms Hargreaves and Ms Salthouse have also helped in the development of visits and complaints guidelines for the official visitors. The guidelines can be accessed on the legislation register. The tool provides information about the official visitor role and sets future official visitors in good stead to take on the role in supporting people with a disability.

In presenting this report I would like to take the opportunity to thank the official visitors for the great enthusiasm and efficiency with which they have undertaken their work. I have no doubt that both Narelle Hargreaves and Sue Salthouse have served, and will continue to serve, our community well.


Mr Rattenbury presented the following paper:

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act, pursuant to section 13—Annual Report 2013-2014—Territory and Municipal Services Directorate, including the ACT Public Cemeteries Authority—Corrigendum.

Mr Corbell presented the following paper:

Petition which does not conform with the standing orders—Lyons, Tarraleah Crescent—Provision of a footpath near the Lyons Early Childhood School—Mrs Jones (6 signatures).

Schools—parental engagement

Discussion of matter of public importance

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Dr Bourke): Madam Speaker has received letters from Ms Berry, Dr Bourke, Mr Doszpot, Mr Hanson, Ms Lawder, Ms Porter, Mr Smyth and Mr Wall proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, Madam Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Ms Berry be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

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