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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 9 Hansard (11 August) . .

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When combined with the current attention on domestic violence in our community, the reporting framework for the second implementation plan will encourage a diverse range of areas where people might not normally see domestic violence as part of their work to consider how they can contribute to creating a culture in which domestic violence is truly not acceptable and not tolerated. More importantly, it provides opportunity and support for them to take action.

The minister has referred to the action the government has already taken in recently providing an additional $250,000 to three key community agency partners working in the area of domestic and family violence. This additional funding acknowledges the increase in their workloads as a result of community attention on domestic, family and sexual violence.

The ACT government also provided an additional $615,000 to the ACT school system to support the valuable work that they are doing to address intervention for children and young people in relation to violence against women and children. There has also been the appointment of Ms Vicki Parker to the position of coordinator-general for domestic and family violence.

This signals the commitment of this government to putting in place systems for coordination that will improve services for women and children experiencing domestic violence. And we continue to work with the government and other jurisdictions to progress significant initiatives under the national plan that need a national response, such as introducing a national, standardised approach to domestic violence orders and creating standards for perpetrator intervention programs.

I am also pleased to announce the allocation of funds to provide training to front-line workers on how to address and combat the abuse of technology by perpetrators of domestic violence to track and continue to harass their victims. The use of technology as part of domestic violence is an issue recognised nationally and internationally as a growing and significant concern and was raised repeatedly at the Domestic Violence Prevention Council meeting. The nationally recognised training program we are funding in the ACT will be available for 100 workers and includes ongoing access to a web-based forum to share learnings and information on new technologies and tactics of perpetrators.

I am confident that these actions speak to this government's commitment to end violence against women and children by recognising that together as a community we can improve services and systems to support women and children that have experienced or been affected by domestic or family violence.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Auditor-General's report No 3 of 2015—government response

Paper and statement by minister

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Justice, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Transport Reform): For the information of members, I present the following paper:


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