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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 7 Hansard (2 August) . .

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the annual report directions. In this regard the government seeks to ensure that annual and financial reports are continually updated to reflect best practice and full accountability.

The standing committees combined made 64 recommendations. The government has agreed in full, in principle or in part to 42 of them and noted the other 22. I commend the responses to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Respect, Equity and Diversity Framework—review

Implementation report

MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Tourism and Events and Minister for Urban Renewal): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Respect, Equity and Diversity Framework—Review—Implementation report.

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

Leave granted.

MR BARR: In line with recommendation 11 of the standing committee report, I table our report of implementation of the recommendations arising from the review. I thank the committee for its report and for the opportunity to outline progress consolidating the RED framework.

The review provided six recommendations to embed a positive workplace culture in the ACT public service and to renew our focus on the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with a disability. I am pleased to report that recommendations 1, 2 and 3 have been fully implemented and the finite goals of recommendations 4, 5 and 6 have also been achieved.

The Head of Service has taken a proactive approach to attract and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people with a disability so that the public sector workforce is truly representative of the community by 2018-19. An Indigenous pathways employment program started in December 2014 and an Indigenous traineeship, with 22 positions being identified across the ACT public service, commenced in August 2015. Similar measures have been introduced in the area of people with disability including additional resources for managers. The implementation of these recommendations is strengthening the ACT public service, delivering stronger and more inclusive services to residents of the territory and the surrounding region. I commend the report to the Assembly.

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