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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 5 Hansard (10 May) . . Page.. 1584 ..


there will be further conversations in working towards the right funding model. It will be important to hear from both those currently funded programs and key organisations and also those organisations that have not previously received organisation funding. We are looking forward to good, open communication regarding the challenges and the opportunities in this category.

Another way that we reach into the community on funding matters is to make a renewed call for people to nominate on the register of peers to participate in the peer assessment process of grant applications. We are looking for peers across all art forms, including dance, circus, music, literature, theatre and visual arts and crafts. They are encouraged to apply via the ACT arts website.

MS CODY: Minister, can you outline the other exciting measures announced in the package this morning which will benefit ACT artists and arts organisations?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Ms Cody for the supplementary question. Today I was pleased to announce further funding for 2018 in the community outreach program which currently includes funding to the ANU School of Music and School of Art and Design, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Belconnen and Tuggeranong arts centres to enhance community access to and participation in arts and cultural activities.

We will be providing a one-off round for community outreach arts projects with a total pool available of $325,000 for projects that have an emphasis on engaging people who may experience barriers to participation in the arts, notably those experiencing some kind of disadvantage. The aim of the community outreach arts funding is to increase participation in the arts, promote collaboration between organisations, artists and the community, and to establish relationships or programs which contribute to long-term arts engagement outcomes. Applications will open on 1 June. They will close on 31 July. An announcement of the successful applications will be made by 30 November.

I was also pleased today to announce the new government initiative for capacity building in the arts sector. From 1 June artsACT will be gradually rolling out a suite of support services to artists and arts organisations in areas of grant writing, good governance, strategic planning, change and risk management, and diversity representation and arts cultural awareness. There is an initial $100,000 set aside for this work.

Finally, it is good to have been able to announce today that nominations for the ACT book of the year will open on 1 June, with a $10,000 prize for the winner, $2,000 for any highly commended book and $1,000 for each short-listed book.

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

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Homelessness—government funding

MS BERRY: During question time on Thursday, 12 April 2018 I answered a series of questions around homelessness in the ACT. I want to take the chance to correct the


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