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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 10 March 2011) . . Page.. 876 ..


Women—safety(Question No 1562)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Women, upon notice, on 16 February 2011:

(1) Has the government developed a promotional campaign Respect and Responsibility to support women’s safety at major events as promised in the ACT Labor 2008 Election Policy; if not, why not.

(2) For (a) 2009-2010 and (b) the period 1 July to 31 December 2010, what work was undertaken towards delivery of this commitment and how much was spent on that work.

(3) For (a) the period 1 January to 30 June 2011 and (b) 2011-12, what work projects and programs are planned to be undertaken towards delivery of this commitment and how much money is committed for each project or program.

Ms Burch: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The ACT Government will continue to work with the Commonwealth Government to implement the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children which was endorsed by all states and territories on 15 February 2011. An action of the National Plan includes the national social marketing campaign on respectful relationships ‘The Line’.

At a local level, government agencies have collaborated to pilot Women’s Safety Audits at the Multicultural Festival and the Australia Day Live Concert.

Safety audits focus on preventing sexual harassment and all forms of assault by increasing women’s safety in public places and at public events.

(2) (a) In 2009-2010, ACT government officials worked with the Commonwealth, States and Territory Governments to develop the National Plan including strategies for promoting respectful relationships. The cost of this work was met within existing budgetary resources.

(b) In the period 1 July to 31 December 2010, the Office for Women collaborated with relevant ACT government agencies and the Ministerial Advisory Council on Women to promote the use of women’s safety audits and developed Women’s Safety Audit Guidelines including facts sheets and women’s safety audit evaluation forms and a checklist. The cost of this work was met within existing budgetary resources.

(3) (a) During the period 1 January to 30 June 2011, the ACT Prevention of Violence against Women and Children Strategy will be developed and will include respectful relationships strategies which align with the National Plan. Women’s Safety audits were also conducted at two major events - the Multicultural Festival and the Australia Day Live Concert.

(b) The launch of the ACT Prevention of Violence against Women and Children Strategy in 2011-12 will include actions to progress this commitment. Funding will be determined in the Budget context.


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