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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4245..


issues and have had more than 400 young people participate at their annual conferences since 2004.

Youth—conferencing funding

(Question No 1331)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability and Community Services, upon notice, on 17 October 2006:

Given that the ACT Government agreed to initial funding to implement youth network conferencing and family group conferencing, how much funding was allocated post the Vardon 2004 Report and for what period.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

The Family Group Conferencing Unit of the Office for Children Youth and Family Support has a permanent staff establishment of a Team Leader and two facilitators who are senior professionals. This is an increase of one full-time practitioner since 2004, approximately $79,237 per year.

Children—indigenous

(Question No 1332)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability and Community Services, upon notice, on 17 October 2006:

(1) Why hasn't the Government held a "gathering"to explore cross-cultural awareness and the storylines of indigenous children and young people, as recommended in the Vardon Report of 2004;

(2) Will the Government be holding such a "gathering"; if so, when will it be; if not, why not;

(3) Does a specific Indigenous Unit still exist; if so, what are its main functions; if not, why not.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Consultations with the Vardon Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group and other Indigenous stakeholders around how the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander "gathering"should proceed have been ongoing for some time and have reached a stage where there is general agreement on the purpose and scope of the "gathering". The initiative is now entering the next phase of detailed project planning.

(2) The "gathering"is expected to be held by May 2007.

(3) A specific Indigenous Unit—the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services (ATSIS) exists and further detail on it and its' work can be found in the 2005-06 Annual Report.


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