Page 867 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 29 March 2023

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Opposition members interjecting

Mr Davis: Point of order, Madam Speaker. I wonder if there may be one occasion in this double sitting period that Minister Davidson can get on her feet and not be interrupted by the opposition. One!

MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Davidson, you can continue, if you would like.

MS DAVIDSON: I think I had actually completed my answer to Mr Hanson’s question in answer to Ms Lawder’s first question, so I might leave it at that.

Carers—Carers Recognition Act implementation

MS ORR: My question is to the Assistant Minister for Families and Community Services. Minister, the Carers Recognition Act 2021 requires care and carer support agencies to report each year on their compliance with their obligations under section 10 of the act. What work has been undertaken to make sure agencies are aware of and able to meet their reporting obligations?

MS DAVIDSON: I thank Ms Orr for the question. Carers play an incredibly important role in our community and they do it for the one reason that really matters, which is love. But they often go unnoticed and unrecognised, so I thank Ms Orr for bringing in the Carers Recognition Bill and I thank all members of this Assembly who unanimously passed it in December last year. The Carers Recognition Act is not an end in itself. It is really important that the policy intent of that act is being delivered. I am really committed to ensuring that the policy intent and principles of the act are translated into meaningful action so that the 50,000 carers in our community are recognised and supported in what they do.

In terms of making sure that agencies are working on how they can implement the Carers Recognition Act, the ACT government has developed an information sheet to support carer support agencies, both government and non-government organisations, to meet their obligations under the Carers Recognition Act. On 16 May last year I wrote to more than 700 representatives from the ACT community sector, informing them of the passing of the act. In my letter, I provided an information sheet outlining the purpose of the legislation and the obligations for care and carer support agencies. That information sheet is publicly available. The government is also considering what additional supports could be made available.

In terms of ACT government directorates implementing the Carers Recognition Act, on 4 April 2021 the Director-General of the Community Services Directorate wrote to other ACT government directors-general to inform them of the passing of the Carers Recognition Act. That correspondence also attached the information sheet. On 10 June the acting director-general of CSD sent correspondence, with further advice about the legislation, to other directors-general, including guidance material about the act and— (Time expired.)

MS ORR: Minister, can you confirm which government agencies are considered care and carer support agencies and therefore have reporting obligations under the act?

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