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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 13 Hansard (19 November) . .

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The adoption process (both overseas adoptions and local adoptions) is usually a two-step process. The first step is an application to dispense with consent which is normally listed 6 8 weeks after the application is lodged. The second step is the application for adoption which is normally listed 2-3 weeks after an order has been made to dispense with consent.

The application process will take longer if there are disputed matters requiring court resolution. Such matters are rare and normally relate to local adoptions where consent of the natural parents is in issue.

Community Services—vulnerable people (Question No 511)

Ms Lawder asked the Minister for Community Services, upon notice, on 27 October 2015:

Has the implementation review of the Working with Vulnerable People scheme, as referred to in Volume 1 of the Community Services Directorate Annual Report 2014-15 at page 65, been completed; if not, when is this review due to be completed; if so, has the final report for this review been made publicly available and where is it available.

Ms Berry: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

An implementation review of the scheme was undertaken by the Community Services Directorate in consultation with Access Canberra in early 2015. This review is now completed.

The Community Services Directorate and Access Canberra are addressing implementation issues identified in the review. Policy and legislative issues identified in the review will form part of the scheduled legislative review of the WWVP Act in 2016. A final report will be produced as part of the scheduled legislative review and this report will be made publicly available.

Childcare—Northside Community Services' Civic Early Childhood Centre (Question No 512)

Ms Lawder asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 27 October 2015:

(1) When did you, your Directorate or the Children's Education and Care Assurance, first learn of allegations of physical abuse of children at Northside Community Services' Civic Early Childhood Centre.

(2) When was the last announced spot check visit of Northside Community Services' Civic Early Childhood Centre conducted by the Children's Education and Care Assurance.

(3) How many unannounced spot check visits of Northside Community Services' Civic Early Childhood Centre were conducted by the Children's Education and Care Assurance from (a) January 2013 to January 2014, (b) January 2014 to January 2015 and (c) January 2015 to the present.


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