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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 23 October 2018) . . Page.. 4074 ..

Many more actions to support and recognise carers are included in the action plan and will be implemented over the next three years. I am proud of the way that deliberative principles have underpinned the development of this strategy, demonstrating our government’s commitment to engaging differently and more effectively with our community and including people whose voices might otherwise not be heard.

The development of this action plan has been possible through authentic collaboration with carers working alongside government officials and community sector organisations. I look forward to reporting on many more of the actions identified in the carers action plan that support and recognise carers. I wish to congratulate the many people who contributed to this work, especially our carer community, to implement the actions in this action plan over the next three years.

I look forward to continuing to build a strong relationship with carers and working with the community to implement the actions in this action plan.

I present the following papers:

ACT Carers Strategy—Launch of the 3 year Action Plan—Ministerial statement, 23 October 2018.

ACT Carers Strategy 2018-2028—First Three-Year Action Plan.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the ministerial statement.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Disability, Minister for Children, Youth and Families, Minister for Employment and Workplace Safety, Minister for Government Services and Procurement, Minister for Urban Renewal) (11.42): I want to very quickly add my voice of thanks to a few people involved in the development of the carers strategy.

Firstly, I thank Lisa Kelly, CEO of Carers ACT—a passionate advocate for Canberra’s carers and someone who has not only embraced the deliberative process as part of the development of the carer strategy but now is using that process in other work that Carers ACT has undertaken—and the other staff of Carers ACT who worked on this important project.

I want to record my thanks to Emily Jenke from Democracy Co, who skilfully facilitated the carers voice panel, one of the ACT government’s first deliberative processes. I echo the words of Minister Steel that all of the feedback I have had from the carers who participated in that process was that they felt heard and they felt the process in itself was valuable. Emily’s skill in facilitating that plays no small part in that.

I want to thank the staff from the Community Services Directorate—who worked alongside Democracy Co, the carers and Carers ACT to develop first the vision outcomes and priorities statement and then, through the taskforce, the carers

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