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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2512 ..


$354,000 over four years from 2019-20 to work with representatives from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body and the Domestic Violence Prevention Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group (the Reference Group), to develop specific action plans in response to the recommendations of We Don’t Shoot Our Wounded.

The Community Services Directorate (CSD) is providing support to the Reference Group during each phase of this work, with the current focus being on responding to the community consultations that commenced in 2020.

The purpose of the consultations was to test the currency of the recommendations in the reports and to determine next steps to action these recommendations. This sought to ensure the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victim-survivors of family violence continued to be heard.

The ACT Government has now received the priority recommendations from the Reference Group ahead of the full consultation report expected to be received in late-2021. The final report will further inform the development of community-led responses that address domestic and family violence in the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

CSD is also collating data on domestic and family violence service-use by the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population to help inform the next phase of this work.

The ACT Government is focused on delivering targeted and coordinated support to

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people affected by domestic and family violence. The Our Booris, Our Way review is part of this work.

The Family Safety Hub in partnership with the ACT Commissioner for Young People also conducted consultations with children and young people who have experienced, or are currently experiencing, domestic and family violence to inform future responses to support young people. Responses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people will be developed in consultation with the community and align with the recommendations of the Reference Group.

Further, under the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2019-2028, the

ACT Government committed to design a process to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and boys to develop solutions to support a trauma-informed, culturally appropriate primary prevention focus on domestic and family violence. This action will be informed by the consultation undertaken by the Reference Group in 2020.


Children and young people—care and protection reforms(Question No 346)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Families and Community Services, upon notice, on 25 June 2021:

(1) What specific reforms have been introduced into the territory’s care and protection services because of what was learnt on the Minister’s December 2018 United Kingdom and Ireland study tour.


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