Page 1581 - Week 04 - Thursday, 7 April 2011

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The young people’s plan governance structure ensures that young people are consulted on action items as well as on progress. This is achieved through the government and community advisory group for young people, as a subcommittee of the children and young people’s task force. ACT government employees, young people and community groups make up the membership.

This document sets forth a flexible strategic plan that will guide the government’s partnership with young people and key stakeholders. Through the implementation plan we will continue to see genuine youth participation and expanded partnerships between young people, government and the community, and the government will continue to boost resources, activities and opportunities for young people.

Of particular note are the following key actions outlined in the implementation plan 2011: a national partnership agreement on preventative health which focuses on developing and implementing programs that focus on health, weight, physical activity and healthy eating for children and young people aged zero to 16 years; cultural care plans for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people placed in out-of-home care that maintain and support cultural identity; strengthened exiting of statutory care systems through the implementation of leaving care plans, leaving care kits and a case conferencing pilot project; implementation of excellence in disability education in ACT public schools 2010-13, which will see the implementation of key actions such as individual learning plans for students with a disability to ensure inclusion of transition goals and community involvement; development and implementation of a youth foyer-type model in the ACT, linking youth housing with opportunities for employment and training for people aged 16 to 25 years. This model will form part of a continuum of service targeted at youth homelessness and will incorporate a range of personal supports related to health and wellbeing.

These and other actions outlined in the 2011 implementation plan reflect the strength of the government’s commitment to young people. I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone involved in delivering the many initiatives. I commend the 2011 implementation plan to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing


MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Women): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Revisiting the 2005 Review Report of Seniors Clubs, dated July 2010, prepared by the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

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