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(2) Under the framework of the ACT COAG trial, a Community Leaders Workshop held last year was the first time in the ACT that representatives from all Indigenous focused organisations came together as a group to identify key outcomes and priorities for action. This approach led to broad community interest and participation at the workshop and a high level of ownership of the process.

The process has produced a clear statement of priorities and desired outcomes that has, and will continue to assist government in directing existing and new funding. The 2004-05 ACT Budget funded a new community controlled Justice Centre and provided funds for a feasibility study into establishing an indigenous Healing farm, both priorities identified through the Trial.

The ACT Government and the Australian Government now meet on a regular basis with the Chair of the Indigenous Working Group to monitor developments on the outcomes identified in the Shared Responsibility Agreement. This has improved communication between the two levels of government and the community.

Children—consulting fees
(Question No 7)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Children, Youth and Family Support, upon notice, on 7 December 2004:

(1) How many companies were paid consulting fees out of the $55 519.36 allocated to consultants to develop the A.C.T. Children’s Plan;

(2) Was there a tender process or were expressions of interest sought from suitable consultants in relation to the development of the A.C.T. Children’s Plan;

(3) If so, (a) what did the tender process consist of, (b) how many organisations tendered for the work and (c) who were the companies that tendered.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Two

(2) Single select tender process

(3) a) both consultants were tendered for using a single select tender process due to the specialised nature of the consultancy work, their specific experience and expertise in the style of consultation work and their ability to meet the tight time frames required.

b) two

c) the companies engaged as consultants were: Morgan Disney & Associates (community consultation) and the Centre for Equity and Innovation, University of Melbourne (specialised project to engage young children).

Finance—capital expenditure
(Question No 13)

Mr Mulcahy asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 7 December 2004:

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