Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1521 ..
6) What was the original release date of the Social Plan and if there has been a delay in its release date, what caused it.
Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:
1. No funds have been allocated in the additional appropriation bills for the 2001-02 or 2002-03 budget to develop the Social Plan. Nevertheless, significant resources from CMD have supported the development of the Social Plan.
2. Not applicable.
3. The following key reports have been commissioned from existing CMD appropriations:
The National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling Report, Locating poverty in the ACT (approximately $38,000)
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report The need for and provision of human services in the ACT (approximately $38,000)
The ACT Council of Social Services Report Addressing Disadvantage in the ACT (approximately $30,000)
The Australian Institute of Criminology Report What works in reducing young people's involvement in crime (approximately $10,000)
The Review of Service Purchasing and the consultation in April with non-government organisations will also inform future service delivery and enhance government and community sector partnerships (consultation cost approximately $42,000).
The Government has also continued to support additional detailed demographic studies (approximately $100,000). A social and demographic profile of multicultural Canberra was released on 14 April 2003, with A social and demographic profile of Indigenous Canberrans planned for release later in the year following the key ABS Indigenous Social Survey in July 2003.
4. The Social Plan is funded within the resources of CMD. To date, approximately $157,000 has been expended on consultancies that inform the development of the Social Plan. It is anticipated that around $50,000 will be expended on printing the draft and final versions of the Social Plan, consultation and consultancies. However, an accurate estimate of the final cost of developing the Social Plan is difficult to determine, in that work is also being undertaken across various government agencies, and resources are being dedicated to the development of strategies that will inform the Social Plan. An example of this is the Children's Strategy, being developed by the Department of Education, Youth and Family Services.
5. The Draft Social Plan is expected to be released mid 2003, with the final version due before the end of the year.
6. The original release date of the Social Plan was the end of last year. The date has changed to accommodate outcomes of consultancies and community consultations for Your Canberra Your Say.