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Death in custody at the Alexander Maconochie Centre on 1 February 2022 (CIR 03/22), dated August 2022.
Commissioner for Standards, pursuant to Continuing Resolution 5AA of the Assembly of 31 October 2013, as amended—Annual report 2021/2022, dated 1 July 2022.
Mr Gentleman presented the following papers:
Confiscation of Criminal Assets (Unexplained Wealth) Amendment Act 2020, pursuant to section 258A—Statutory Review, dated August 2022, together with a statement dated August 2022.
Language challenges facing Canberra’s multicultural community—Government response to the resolution of the Assembly of 4 August 2021, dated August 2022.
Towards our Vision:—
Mental Health Portfolio Action Plan—2022.
Taking a Strategic Approach to Mental Health in the ACT.
Multicultural communities—language barriers
MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (3.14): Pursuant to standing order 211, I move:
That the Assembly take note of the following paper:
Language challenges facing Canberra’s multicultural community—Government response to the resolution of the Assembly.
MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra—Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Business and Better Regulation, Minister for Human Rights and Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (3.14): Today we are tabling the ACT government response to the Assembly’s resolution in August of last year on language challenges facing Canberra’s multicultural community.
The ACT government is committed to ensuring that Canberra continues to be a proudly welcoming and multicultural city, where everybody can access government services and programs and fully participate in civic life. According to the recently released 2021 census results, 28.7 per cent of people living in Canberra were born overseas and a similar percentage speak a language other than English at home.
We know that some people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds experience difficulties in accessing grants and appropriate support due to limited or a lack of English language skills, institutional and social barriers and lack of familiarity with government processes and systems. The ways in which government is currently addressing these issues is outlined in the response to each part of the resolution that Minister Gentleman has tabled, but I will summarise some of them now.