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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 1 Hansard (10 February) . .

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Safety Directorate provides initiatives that demonstrate the impact service coordination can have on improving services to support women and children experiencing violence. One of these initiatives, the ACT family violence intervention program— (Time expired.)

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Fitzharris.

MS FITZHARRIS: Minister, what is the ACT government doing to ensure that women are able to participate in public events in the ACT?

MADAM SPEAKER: Sorry, Ms Fitzharris; I did not hear most of the question.

MS FITZHARRIS: Minister, what is the ACT government doing to ensure that women are able to participate in public events in the ACT?

MADAM SPEAKER: I will allow the question. It seems a tenuous connection, except that it is about women.

MS FITZHARRIS: To safely participate in public events in the ACT.

MADAM SPEAKER: That makes it perfectly clear.

MS BERRY: ACT government agencies are committed to undertaking women's safety assessments as standard practice for public events. The women's safety audit process brings individuals together to walk through the venue, evaluate how safe it feels, identify ways to make the space safer for women and bring about those changes.

In 2011 the Office for Women developed a toolkit to assist decision-makers and planners of community events to consider personal safety in planning. The ACT government supports several projects to expand the use of women's safety assessments. The Women's Centre for Health Matters received $10,000 to further expand the use of women's safety assessments for ACT government-funded public events and environmental design in urban planning.

The Women's Centre for Health Matters received funding of $14,749 for the older women's safety audit, improving the safety of public places. Undertaking women's safety assessments is a standard practice in event planning. It provides the opportunity to raise the profile and importance of women's safety in all ACT government events.

As part of planning for the National Multicultural Festival, a women's safety assessment has been conducted for the past three years. In developing the footprint for the 2015 Multicultural Festival, previous years' recommendations were considered prior to meeting the women's safety assessment team. I am pleased to say that all safety issues raised have been addressed. These include improved access for people and security staff patrolling— (Time expired.)

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, as a new minister, will you be reinstating, for the sake of women, the women's information referral centre or a centralised dedicated facility,


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