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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (29 November) . . Page.. 5337 ..


quarterly figures and has undertaken its usual review to address compliance with this important feature of the system and to ensure quality cultural plans are in place.

(2) The number and percentage of cultural plans finalised changes from day to day. When an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child or young person comes into out of home care, the development of a comprehensive cultural plan commences.

Cultural plans take time to finalise with the duration varying depending on the complexity of the young person's situation and their community network. There will always be a lag in completion of plans if they are to be thorough and comprehensive.

(3) See answer (2) above.

(4) A cultural plan provides a child or young person with the ability to connect with their family and community to preserve and enhance their cultural identity. It supports extended kinship networks, cultural values, beliefs and practices, Country, totem, history and stories. A cultural plan is separate but aligned to a child's or young person's care plan.

In order to develop a cultural plan, the Cultural Services Team undertakes the process of connecting the child or young person to their community or mob. The goals of the Cultural Services Team are to establish connections with family, to identify a suitable placement for the child and to develop the cultural plan.

Once Child and Youth Protection Services are provided with the names of family members, a search through records and/or their contacts commences, to identify the community or mob in which the child or young person is connected. At times this is offered and provided by the family, however at other times research needs to be undertaken by the Cultural Services Team which can extend the timeframe for completion of the cultural plan.

(5) All cultural plans are developed in consultation with the Cultural Services Team within Child and Youth Protection Services. Cultural Plans are also a key source of information used by the Our Booris, Our Way Clinical Review Team.

(6) The cultural plan template is provided at Attachment A.

(7) An update to the Assembly will be provided through the next A Step Up for Our Kids snapshot report.

(A copy of the attachment is available at the Chamber Support Office).

Roads—Gundaroo Drive (Question No 2031)

Mr Milligan asked the Minister for Roads, upon notice, on 2 November 2018:

(1) Given that The Canberra Times, on 24 October, reported on the delays and contract concerns impacting the duplication of Gundaroo Drive, can the Minister confirm who specifically decided to call in auditors.

(2) Can the Minister detail the specific internal concerns that instigated this action.


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