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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 25 November 2021) . . Page.. 3705 ..

MR STEEL: The opposition has already asked that question. I refer them to the answer to the previous question.

MR CAIN: Minister, what support services and compensation will you be providing for people, some of whom will no doubt have had their mental health affected adversely by learning of this data breach?

MR STEEL: I am not intending to pre-empt the review. That may provide findings and recommendations. We do not know that yet. We have to go through that process before we look any further.

Children and young people—National Youth Week

MR DAVIS: My question is to the minister for youth affairs. Minister, I have been contacted by a number of young Canberrans who are excited for Youth Week in April next year, but are concerned, given the news about the Multicultural Festival, that plans might not go ahead. Could you provide an update on National Youth Week?

MS BERRY: Of course, after the years that we have been through, young people want to be able to celebrate, and to have the opportunity to express their ideas and views and act on issues which impact on them and their peers. At this stage Youth Week will be going ahead, and decisions about whether or not that goes ahead will be made by the Chief Health Officer at the time. At the moment it is something that we can have hope for, and young people can have hope that it will continue. It will occur next year, from 4 April to 14 April.

We have already announced the 2021 Youth Week grants, which fund 14 events and activities across the ACT. These will include chill-out spaces and outreach, Belco’s Got Talent finalist performance, Sport in the Street, and the GreenLaw GreenTea Wellness Program, a guided on-country walk.

Importantly, the 2022 ACT Youth Week grant program closed on 22 November. All of the applications are being assessed, and we will be notifying successful applicants soon.

MR DAVIS: Minister, are there any specific ACT government sponsored programs in my electorate of Brindabella to coincide with Youth Week?

MS BERRY: I can double-check exactly what events are happening across the territory. I encourage Mr Davis as well as everybody else in this place to spread the word about Youth Week to young people that they might be engaging with, and to contact the office for youth in the ACT government, who will be able to provide more details. Of course, keep a close eye on social media pages, because the Youth Week activities will be advertised broadly across social media, including with the Youth Advisory Council.

MR BRADDOCK: Minister, what kind of planning has been undertaken by the government to ensure Youth Week events can go ahead, in light of COVID?

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