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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (27 November) . . Page.. 4818 ..


Under the housing strategy, the government has identified, as an action, the design and delivery of purpose-built housing that adapts to the needs of older people and people living with disability, including access to transport and amenities.

Our city is set to increasingly benefit from the wealth of experience and contributions of older Canberrans. As the number and proportion of the population of older Canberrans continue to grow, it is even more important that our city continues to advance as an age-friendly city. While the 2015-18 active ageing framework has drawn to a close, our work to advance Canberra as an age-friendly city is continuing. What we have heard from consultations with older Canberrans during 2017-18 is being used to inform the development of an age-friendly statement of intent.

The statement of intent will align with other key pieces of planning work, including the healthy and active living strategy for all Canberrans, the new transport strategy and the ACT planning strategy refresh. The statement will outline priorities and principles for an age-friendly Canberra which will serve as a platform for our continued action to advance Canberra as an age-friendly city. I look forward to presenting that statement early next year.

I present the following paper:

ACT Active Ageing Framework 2015-2018—Final update on progress—Ministerial statement, 27 November 2018.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Multicultural affairs framework 2015-2020

Ministerial statement

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee—Minister for City Services, Minister for Community Services and Facilities, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Roads) (11.28): Thank you for the opportunity to provide the Assembly with a progress report on the implementation of the ACT multicultural framework 2015-2020. In August 2017 the former Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Rachel Stephen-Smith MLA, updated the Assembly on the government's achievements in 2016-17. Today I am pleased to provide a further update concerning progress on the achievements from August 2017 to date. Together with the Canberra community, we have made significant progress on the three themes of the multicultural framework, and this work will continue in 2019-2020.

People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds make up 21 per cent of Canberra's population, contributing significantly to our economy and fostering social cohesion. Every year the territory welcomes thousands of new arrivals, the highest proportion under the skilled migration scheme, as well as through humanitarian


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