Page 1783 - Week 06 - Thursday, 3 June 2021

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Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) As at 23 April 2021, the Office has 9 Full Time Employees.


Executive Branch Manager (1) - provides leadership and direction to the Office and liaises more broadly across government and with stakeholders

Executive Assistant (1)– Provides administrative support to the Executive Branch Manager

Directors (2) – Supports the Executive Branch Manager to achieve outcomes, reviews legislation and policy, provides strategic policy advice across government

Senior Policy and Projects Officer (2)– Prepares policy advice, undertakes projects

Policy and project officer (1)– Assists in the preparation of policy advice and provides project support

Elected Body Secretariat Assistant Director and ASO 5 (2) – Secretariat duties including induction of new members, arranging meetings, events and consultations, and coordinating annual Elected Body hearing processes.

(3) The Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (OATSIA) is well positioned in the Community Services Directorate (CSD) to lead and drive the work to inform policy reform across government to enable self-determination. This is demonstrated in the outcomes achieved by the Office coordinating and engaging across directorates and working in partnership with the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body to establish the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2019-2028 and the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.

The Office provides leadership and manages strategic governance groups; the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Inter-Directorate Committee bringing together senior executive officials from across all directorates, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategic Board Committee where all Directors-General are committed to providing strategic leadership and oversight across the ACT Public Service in driving policy, program and service delivery reform.

(4) The Office provides advice to directorates and will work collaboratively with directorates to inform policy, program and service delivery as required. It is not part of OATSIA’s core business to provide an Indigenous Liaison Officer type service to any other directorate.

(5) Yes, the Office does review legislation and policies for CSD and other directorates to provide advice and collaborates broadly across government to achieve outcomes under the ACT and National Agreement.

Children and young people—pregnancy during residential care
(Question No 216)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Families and Community Services, upon notice, on 23 April 2021:

(1) How many young people in out-of-home care became pregnant whilst living in a residential care home, in each of the past five financial years.

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