Page 2894 - Week 07 - Thursday, 7 June 2012

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being made. So I commend to members what I think is the most comprehensive statement on social procurement ever made to the Assembly and the speech that most mentions the word “procurement” in the history of the Assembly.


Ms Burch presented the following paper:

Childcare sector—Early Childhood Development Workforce—Productivity Commission Research Report—Government response.

Health, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee

Report 7

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (5.22): I present the following report:

Health, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee—Report 7—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2010-11, dated 6 June 2012, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

The annual and financial reports for 2010-11 referred to the Standing Committee on Health, Community and Social Services were ACT Health and sections of the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services. The committee held four public hearings, on 9, 23 and 30 November and 14 December, and heard from the Minister for Health, the Minister for Community Services, the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, the Minister for Ageing, the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, the Minister for Women, and relevant departmental officials. Following the hearings the committee asked a further 23 supplementary questions to assist in its inquiry and received responses to 23 questions taken on notice.

The committee made 16 recommendations in response to its scrutiny of the annual reports and associated evidence. Many recommendations aim to ensure that consultation with key stakeholders such as parents, program participants and staff is undertaken in a way that meets best practice. Recommendations regarding consultation were based on the examples of poor consultation processes or situations where information fell through gaps between directorates, including the provision of after-school care and a nurse at the Woden school. Recommendation 9 highlights this. It states:

The Committee recommends that the Minister for Community Services reassess the Directorate’s current community consultation practices, particularly those in relation to parents of children at special schools, to ensure that they comply with the Community Engagement Guide and international best practice models in relation to communicating with Carers.

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