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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 3 December 2020) . . Page.. 264 ..

were in-line with other Community Services Directorate grant programs when the Directorate adopted the online SmartyGrants system. Ministerial Offices were informed of the reviews and any changes to the mechanism of grant dispersal.

(6) As outlined above the Minister(s) for Disability advised that the Disability Inclusion Grant available funding be doubled and seek to divide the grant round into two rounds. The funding was increased but the grant round was not divided in 2020.

There has been no advice in recent years on the I-Day Grants.

Disability services—arts(Question No 78)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Disability, upon notice, on 4 December 2020 (redirected to the Minister for the Arts):

(1) How does the ACT Government support disability in arts.

(2) What government initiatives support disability in arts.

(3) What groups and organisations in the ACT support arts for people living with disability.

(4) What disability arts groups and organisations are supported by the ACT Government and what is the nature of the support provided.

(5) What percentage of people living with disability in the ACT are known to be engaged in community arts.

(6) What concerns have been identified by the ACT Government in relation to disability arts, and what measures will the Government take to improve and/or resolve these concerns.

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

(1) The ACT Government supports disability in the arts through providing funding opportunities, and through access to arts facilities, for artists or community members with a disability. The ACT Government has been involved in an interjurisdictional working group on renewal of the National Arts and Disability Strategy. The new National Arts and Disability Strategy will be closely aligned with the National Disability Strategy, which is being developed by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Along with other jurisdictions, artsACT has also contributed funding to Choose Art, the national accessible directory of inclusive and accessible arts activities, events and opportunities.

(2) There are a number of government programs that include support for disability in the arts including the Pop-Up arts events and activities, Art Not Apart and DESIGN Canberra festivals, and the Community Outreach Program delivered by the Belconnen and Tuggeranong Arts Centres, and Canberra Symphony Orchestra. Artists and arts organisations are also able to apply for funding through the ACT Disability Inclusion Grants and I-Day grants. ACT public schools also offer a range of creative arts opportunities for all students, including students with a disability.

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