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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 8 Hansard (10 August) . .

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DR BOURKE: Thank you Madam Speaker. The sheer vision of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agreement 2015-18 is to pursue equitable outcomes for members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in the ACT by developing and supporting strong families. The empowerment and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in the ACT is the key outcome identified by the community during the agreement's consultation process.

The outcomes reporting framework achieves the ACT government's whole-of-government commitment to bring all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-specific initiatives and mainstream programs and services, where applicable, into the one outcome reporting framework. The ACT Closing the gap report will continue as the reporting mechanism for reporting annual progress of initiatives and financial performance but the format will transition to the format of the outcomes reporting framework.

Reporting the impact of outcomes is not an easy task but one that is absolutely necessary to do if we are to measure the true impact of the results of the agreement. Building this capacity across government will take time to embed as we work to align and integrate new and existing initiatives and reporting mechanisms into an agreed outcome reporting framework.

In order to succeed, the ACT government realises that engagement of the community, service providers and community leaders is necessary to co-design how we measure the effectiveness of the agreement. This commitment will ensure that outcomes not only reflect government priorities but also capture the voice of service providers in reporting back to the ACT government.

Mr Barr: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Questions without notice

Statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: Before I call the Clerk, I want to go to a matter that arose during question time. I have asked the Clerk to check for me because my listing has Ms Fitzharris listed as the Minister for Transport Canberra and City Services and I wanted to make sure that I had not been making an ongoing mistake. Page 10 of Administrative arrangements 2016 (No 3) has the ministerial title listed as the Minister for Transport Canberra and City Services. I hope that makes things clear.

Emergency Services Agency

Debate resumed.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (3.21): I welcome Mrs Jones raising this motion about the ACT Emergency Services Agency, about the importance of that agency and the importance of ensuring that it is well managed and supported. I am happy to agree with the text of Mrs Jones's motion. The Greens also agree that the ESA performs a difficult and vital role in the community, and they have our great respect and support.


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