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Health, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee

Report 1

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (10.20): I present the following report:

Health, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee—Report 1—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2007-2008, dated 29 April 2009, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

I have tabled today the first report for the Seventh Assembly of the Standing Committee on Health, Community and Social Services. The annual and financial reports for 2007-08 referred to the committee were ACT Health and sections of the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services; namely, “output class 1—disability services and policy” and “output class 3—community and homelessness services and Housing ACT”. “Output class 2—early intervention” and “output class 4—children youth and family services” were referred to the Standing Committee on Education, Training and Youth Affairs.

The committee held three public hearings and heard from the Minister for Health, the Minister for Disability and Housing, the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, the Minister for Women and the Minister for Community Services as well as relevant departmental officials. The committee appreciates the vast numbers of programs that agencies are required to report on each year but during the inquiry the committee found that more detailed information for some of the programs would have been valuable.

The committee made seven recommendations. Recommendation 1:

The Committee recommends that the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services updates the information regarding the Commonwealth-State/Territory Disability Agreement (CSTDA) on its website, as a priority, and provide direct links to current and past agreements.

Recommendation 2:

The Committee recommends that details about the number of women supported through the various grants be provided in future annual reports.

Recommendation 3:

The Committee recommends that ACT Health provide more information, in future reports, about initiatives in relation to addressing the shortage of general practitioners in the ACT.

Recommendation 4:

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