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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 3 June 2021) . . Page.. 1782 ..


Child and youth protection services—review(Question No 214)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Families and Community Services, upon notice, on 23 April 2021:

(1) In relation to the external merits review for child protection decisions and given that in a hearing on 26 February 2021, I was told that the tender process for a consultant to design an ACT-specific model for external merits review would commence soon, within the next month, can the Minister please provide a detailed update on this process, including expected next steps, successful tender, etc.

(2) Given that at the same hearing, I was told that the Directorate expects the results of this project to be delivered within this calendar year, can the Minister please provide an update on the expected completion deadline for this project.

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

(1) Requests for project proposals were sent to consultants on 3 May 2021. Consultants have been invited to submit a proposal due to their expertise and experience. Submissions will be received until 28 May 2021. The successful consultant is expected to commence work on the project in late June or early July 2021.

(2) It is expected that the project will be completed before the end of the 2021 calendar year.


Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs—staffing(Question No 215)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Families and Community Services, upon notice, on 23 April 2021:

(1) How many staff work for the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, and what is the staffing level in full-time equivalent.

(2) Can the Minister provide a description of each position and its accompanying responsibilities.

(3) How does the office coordinate a whole-of-government approach to issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the ACT, especially considering that it is headquartered in the Community Services Directorate (CSD).

(4) Does the office provide anything like an Indigenous Liaison Officer service to any other directorate.

(5) Do office staff review legislation or policies from the CSD or other directorates to provide advice or speak to impacts on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.


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