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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 23 June 2021) . . Page.. 1905 ..


and Torres Strait Islander students, as well as the United Ngunnawal Elders Council.

Regardless of ongoing recruitment efforts within the ACT Government, Belconnen High School and their community have determined that the Connecting to Country course best fits their community, and school interests.

In addition, Belconnen High School offers elective language courses to their students in Year 9 and Year 10 with an online program, Language Perfect, which is aligned to the Australian Curriculum. There are students currently undertaking courses in French, Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, Greek, Korean, German and Russian.

Belconnen High School will continue to deliver the Connecting to Country course as the language course in Year 7 and 8. It falls under the Australian Curriculum for the Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages of the Australian Curriculum Languages Framework.

Your correspondence on this matter is appreciated.

Motion to take note of petition

MADAM SPEAKER: Pursuant to standing order 98A, I propose the question:

That the response so lodged be noted.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Government—safer families policy

Ministerial statement

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Early Childhood Development, Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women) (10.03): Today I am tabling the fifth annual safer family statement. This statement is an opportunity to share with you the progress made on initiatives that support those in our community affected by domestic and family violence.

This year, we have continued to progress reforms during the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. Understanding the emerging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people who experience domestic and family violence is ongoing. Australian and international research has shown that some people will have experienced domestic and family violence for the first time during the pandemic. For others, violence they were already experiencing will have increased in frequency and severity during this time. I recognise the ongoing impact of the pandemic on those who are experiencing domestic and family violence and the ongoing and significant impact of COVID-19 on the services that support the community.

In April 2020, the ACT government committed $3 million in funding for specialist homelessness and domestic and family violence sectors to expand service capacity


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