Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2496 ..
(5) Is the Economy and Gender and Economic Equality Committee putting a gender lens on policy, programs and the Budget, given that they examine the Budget after it’s published.
Ms Berry: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) Applying gendered lens to policy and program development through gender responsive budgeting is part of the Parliamentary and Governing Agreement as a policy priority, subject to budget considerations. This commitment will be considered as part of the 2021-22 and future budget processes.
The Women’s Budget Statement was an action arising from the First Action Plan 2016-2019 of ACT Women’s Plan 2016-2020. Women’s Budget Statements have been released for the previous two budgets.
Under the Second Action Plan 2020-2022 (SAP) of the ACT Women’s Plan 2016-2026, Community Services Directorate (CSD) is leading work on gender responsive budgeting, supported by Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate (CMTEDD), especially in relation to ACT Government Cabinet and Budget processes. The SAP Action commits to developing materials for all ACT Government Directorates on gender analysis and gender responsive budgeting processes.
(2) As part of the SAP Action, CSD is working to ensure gender is considered as part of the decision making process and are working to provide additional supports to Directorates to include gender as a consideration in policy and program development across the ACT Government.
Progress against this action is reported each year as part of SAP reporting. CSD is consulting on this project with CMTEDD to ensure this process aligns with work on the Wellbeing Framework and the budget process through Treasury.
(3) Under the First Action Plan, CSD developed a Gender Impact Assessment tool which remains available for all ACT Government Directorates to assist in applying a gender lens to new and existing programs and policies. The materials which will be developed as part of the SAP will also assist Directorates.
(4) Work to determine the methodology ACT Government will use to apply a gender lens to the budget is ongoing.
(5) The Economy and Gender and Economic Equality (EGEE) Committee has responsibility for examining the annual budget as it relates to the areas of responsibility assigned to it as per the Assembly Resolution establishing general purpose standing committees. The EGEE Committee does not examine the Budget in entirety only those appropriation units relevant to the areas of responsibility as assigned.
Health—midwifery services(Question No 335)
Mrs Jones asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 25 June 2021: