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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 October 2018) . . Page.. 4208 ..


of children and young people. The insights we gather will provide early action and announcements in response to the final report.

In terms of what else is underway that responds to this work, I am happy to advise that the office of the Chief Digital Officer has established the ACT centre of data excellence to build data analytics capabilities across the ACT public service. As part of its first tranche of reforms, the centre of data excellence team is in-posted to the office of the Coordinator-General for Family Safety to implement a pilot project aimed at automating existing family violence intervention program manual processes. This will assist with early identification of those at highest risk of family violence by providing data more frequently, consistently and accurately to those who need it.

The office of the Coordinator-General for Family Safety is leading the whole-of-government delivery of the domestic and family violence training to front-line workers across the health, education, community services and justice sectors, and it will commence in 2018-19. A comprehensive capability framework has been developed to ensure a sustainable approach to the delivery of training to front-line workers that recognises and builds upon existing training structures and workforce needs.

As the amendment states, I anticipate that we will be able to report on the government’s response over the coming months and we will also report on progress towards meeting the recommendations across all our government. I again thank Mrs Kikkert for bringing this motion to the Assembly for this important discussion today.

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (4.43): I thank Mrs Kikkert for moving this motion today. I appreciate that this is an issue that she cares deeply about and, as she has just said, that she knows about this issue personally.

This is not, and it should not be—and I do not think it is in this Assembly—a partisan issue. I note and support the amendments that have been put forward by the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, and I am hoping that they are acceptable to Mrs Kikkert, although I do not know.

Firstly, I want to praise the critically important work of the Domestic Violence Prevention Council and thank them for their report on the outcomes of the extraordinary meeting held in April this year. The DVPC is to be commended on the high level of stakeholder participation at the meeting, which included senior government and community sector representatives and several members of the Assembly, including ministers.

This is, indeed, an opportunity to continue to focus on the issue and to progress the work that commenced in 2016 with the introduction of the family safety levy, a levy which meant that, notionally at least, every household in the ACT is making a contribution. The issue of family violence is an issue that concerns all citizens. I would like to commend the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence for her concerted efforts in this space and to acknowledge that her commitment to this has been unwavering.


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