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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 23 August 2018) . . Page.. 3622 ..


Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) What dates each year for the past two years has the Community Services Directorate (CSD) met with the following members and representatives of the multicultural community for the purposes of undertaking consultation or gathering feedback:

a. Multicultural Advisory Council (MAC);

MAC held its first meeting on 7 December 2017.

MAC has met three times in 2018 (1 February 2018, 10 April 2018, 19 June 2018) and has three additional meetings scheduled for 2018 in August, October and December.

b. Youth Advisory Council (YAC);

YAC met nine times in 2017 on 7 February, 4 April, 2 May, 6 June, 18 July, 1 August, 5 September, 10 October and 21 November.

YAC has met six times in 2018 on 13 February, 3 April, 3 May, 3 July, 12 June, and 7 August and has three additional meetings scheduled for 2018 in September, October and November.

c. National Multicultural Festival stakeholders;

The Community Services Directorate met with stakeholders during these periods:

1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017 – total of 41 meetings

1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 – total of 50 meetings

1 July 2018 to 8 August 2018 a total of two meetings

The stakeholders compromise:

Contractors (provide services during the National Multicultural Festival);

Key ACT Government Services;

Community Organisations;

Showcase Coordinators;

City Centre residents and operators; and

Diplomatic Missions.

d. Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre Tenants Forum;

Two Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre Tenants Forum meetings have been held in 2018 (30 April and 28 June).

e. Chinese community representatives;

One meeting was held in 2017 (13 December) and two meetings have been held in 2018 on 22 March and 5 July.

f. Muslim community leaders;

Meetings are held with the Muslim community leaders in the lead up to Ramadan celebrations.

g. Refugee, Asylum Seeker and Humanitarian (RASH) Coordination Committee

RASH met five times in 2017 (22 March, 17 May, 12 July, 13 September and 22 November).


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