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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . .

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breaking the intergenerational cycle of disadvantage and keeping children safe at home. Here in the ACT we are stepping up for vulnerable children, young people and their families.

The strengthening, high-risk families' domain of a step up for our kids introduces a suite of innovative new services aimed at keeping vulnerable families together and providing them with the tools and knowledge to make a safe home environment for their children. This service has been directed to address the unacceptably high number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who come into care in the ACT.

We are creating a sustainable system that addresses the major challenges faced by out of home care systems. Over the past year we have set out the foundations to build a service system that will improve the education, health, employment and social outcomes of children and young people in out of home care.

As the capacity of the new system continues to develop, we will begin to see significant evidence of change for these children and young people and their families. I look forward to updating the Assembly further on the progress of a step up for our kids.

IRT foundation—ACT mature workforce strategy—progress report

Paper and statement by minister

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Disability, Minister for Small Business and the Arts and Minister for Veterans and Seniors): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

IRT Foundation—Mature Workforce Strategy—Progress.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

DR BOURKE: Madam Assistant Speaker, I am pleased to be able to table today the presentation paper for the progress on the IRT foundation, ACT mature workforce strategy. More older people want to work into their 60s and 70s and we know as a community that this is beneficial for their wellbeing and the nation's economic growth. However, currently only one in three Australian's over the age of 55 are taking part in the workforce. The ACT government is committed to working collaboratively with the Australian Human Rights Commission and IRT foundation to reduce barriers to mature age employment and boost workforce participation by effectively responding to the needs of mature age workers in the ACT.

The presentation paper that I table here today reports on progress that has been made to date—the upcoming career check-up expo and the next steps in the implementation of a broader ACT mature workforce strategy. One of the key initiatives highlighted in


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