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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 1 August 2019) . . Page.. 2621 ..


throughout the remaining phases of the program. I look forward to sharing the many achievements of our education system over the coming years.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body report—government response

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Advanced Technology and Space Industries) (3.01): Pursuant to standing order 211, I move:

That the Assembly take note of the following paper:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Act—ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body—Report on the outcomes of the ATSIEB Hearings 2018—Eighth Report to the ACT Government—Government response.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Children, Youth and Families, Minister for Disability, Minister for Employment and Workplace Safety, Minister for Health, Minister for Urban Renewal) (3.01): I am pleased to have this opportunity to speak to the government response to the 2018 ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body hearings outcomes report. The elected body was established in 2008 to provide the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community with a democratically elected voice to advise the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs on the views and any issues of concern to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the ACT.

The ACT government response covers the eighth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body hearings held on 14 and 15 March 2018, the first hearings of the fourth elected body. The current elected body provided the report to government on 18 December 2018 and I tabled the report in the Assembly in February this year.

The elected body has an important role in monitoring and reporting on the services, programs and outcomes delivered by ACT government directorates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the ACT. The elected body’s hearing process is critical to enabling this role to be undertaken.

Directors-general of all ACT government directorates were called to take questions from the elected body on their respective directorates’ spending and decision-making in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs. All directorates provided input to the government response on the initiatives being delivered to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the community.

The report on the outcomes of the elected body hearings 2018 contains 31 recommendations. Some of these were for all directorates to respond to, whilst others were for individual directorates and agencies. The ACT government has agreed


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