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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 31 March 2011) . . Page.. 1234 ..


(7) None. The decision in relation to charging is made in the first instance by the police. Once the matter is referred by the Department the matter is in the hands of police.

(8) See (7) above.

(9) In accordance with the principles in the Children and Young People Act 2008 s94(1)(b), the Department actively encourages staff to pursue all matters of assault with the police, so that young people are “encouraged to accept responsibility for their behaviour and be held accountable”. If a victim of an alleged assault requests police involvement, they are supported by the Department in doing so.


Youth Advisory Council(Question No 1430)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Children and Young People, upon notice, on 15 February 2011:

(1) When was the Youth Advisory Council established.

(2) What were the establishment costs.

(3) What are the Council’s terms of reference.

(4) What is the Council’s legislative framework.

(5) What indemnity assurance is provided for Council members.

(6) What training and orientation has been provided to Council members.

(7) How often and where does the Council meet.

(8) What remuneration, if any, do members of the Council receive.

(9) Who provides secretariat support for the Council.

(10) What is the cash and in-kind annual cost of running the Council, including remuneration, secretariat costs and other costs.

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

1) The Youth Advisory Council was established in October 2002.

2) Nil.

3) A young person is appointed for two years unless they are 24 years or over in which case they will be appointed until their 26th birthday. The Youth Advisory Council comprises of 15 young people aged between 12 and 25 years.

The Youth Advisory Council Role and Responsibilities of Members under the Terms of Reference are:


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