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bottom line assessment of major policy proposals and how poverty impact analysis, a component of triple bottom line assessment, had been progressed.

I am pleased to report that the government have made significant progress in developing our assessment frameworks. We have developed a core reference document and body of knowledge that was released for public comment in June 2011. This document, Triple bottom line assessment for the ACT government, is available on the Chief Minister and Cabinet Directorate website. I table the following document:

Triple Bottom Line Assessment for the ACT Government—Discussion paper, dated June 2011.

This document was developed in consultation with the integrated sustainability analysis team at the University of Sydney. It outlines the national and international context of the use of triple bottom line approaches and proposes an assessment framework for the ACT government.

The discussion paper was the subject of public consultation until 26 August 2011. To date the government has received one public submission on this, from the ACT Council of Social Service, and has granted an extension to another party to make their submission.

As part of our strategy for implementing triple bottom line assessment, the government has agreed to pilot the application of the new framework across government over the coming months.

In addition, the government, in collaboration with the former Community Inclusion Board, has developed a poverty impact analysis tool based upon better international practice. This poverty impact analysis approach is now incorporated into our triple bottom line assessment framework. This ensures that poverty impact analysis will be applied in the context of other social impact aspects of triple bottom line analysis and provides for a coordinated and streamlined application of TBL policy assessment.

The government is committed to developing a triple bottom line assessment framework that can be effectively and efficiently applied across government and delivers the best results in terms of social, economic and environmental analysis.

Based on public comments and an evaluation of the current triple bottom line assessment pilot, the framework will be refined and embedded into the ongoing policy assessment and development of this.

The government are committed to the further development and application of triple bottom line assessment in the public service. It is notable that we have pursued a challenging assessment approach to applying triple bottom line so we are at the forefront of applying this framework in a policy development setting.

The discussion paper is evidence of the significant progress the government has made in establishing an integrated triple bottom line assessment framework. Subject to final feedback, and we are awaiting an additional submission, this publication will be the

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