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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (29 November) . . Page.. 5110 ..


The importance of cultural integrity and providing learning environments that cater for diversity and inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students has been acknowledged in the future of education strategy. Schools are continuing to build environments of cultural integrity, focusing on relationships, celebration, learning and high expectations. This direction is supported by consultation, data analysis and a review of best practice in the national and international literature.

The directorate will continue to consult with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community through the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education advisory group and the education representative on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body.

This is the last separate report on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education. From 2017 the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Notice 2017 introduced a requirement for ACT government directorates to report annual progress in relation to programs, projects and/or initiatives that benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT. Consequently, the Education Directorate's annual report now serves the purpose of the separate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education report.

This year has been important for understanding our strengths and determining how we will address our challenges moving forward. I look forward to continuing to drive innovative and evidence-based initiatives to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and I am pleased to present the report to the Assembly today.

Auditor-General's report No 9 of 2018—ministerial response

Paper and statement by minister

MS FITZHARRIS (Yerrabi—Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Minister for Higher Education, Minister for Medical and Health Research, Minister for Transport and Minister for Vocational Education and Skills) (3.29): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Auditor-General Act, pursuant to subsection 21(1)—Auditor-General's Report No 9/2018—ACT Health's management of allegations of misconduct and complaints about inappropriate workplace behaviour—Government response, dated 29 November 2018.

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

Leave granted.

MS FITZHARRIS: Today I am tabling the government's response to the findings and recommendations of the Auditor-General's performance audit on ACT Health's management of allegations of misconduct and complaints about inappropriate workplace behaviour.


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