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In its report the committee considered issues raised in the annual reports with regard to accountability, governance and effective reporting by public sector agencies. The committee report includes discussion on significant issues raised during the inquiry and makes nine recommendations. Several of these recommendations are directed in a generic sense to ensuring that matters of importance identified by the committee are covered in further annual reports, updating activities and how they are progressing.

In addition, the committee more particularly recommended that the Canberra Institute of Technology report on matters related to its internal administration issues, which have been under review over the last year, and that the Education and Training Directorate provide updated details on service to students requiring special support, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and details of outcomes from its professional development and career planning for ACT teachers, especially preschool teachers. Further, the committee recommended that ETD ensure that communications between ETD and ACT Health improve, to ensure the delivery of more integrated services for special needs students in all special needs schools in the ACT, and ensure that full-time nursing be provided on an equal and permanent basis across all special schools in the ACT. It recommended that ETD work more closely with TAMS and ACT Policing, through the Safe Schools Taskforce, on traffic issues affecting students’ safety at and around schools, and that the Community Services Directorate provide updated details on outcomes from the administration of youth justice services, especially recommendations from the Human Rights Commission review of youth justice and the Youth Justice Implementation Taskforce.

As 2012 was an election year, the committee recognises that the report is later than usual, that being because of the caretaker period and the election. The committee nevertheless looks forward to the government responses to the committee recommendations.

I would like to conclude by thanking my committee colleagues, Mr Steve Doszpot, Ms Yvette Berry and Mrs Giulia Jones, Minister Burch and her accompanying directorate and agency staff, and members of governing bodies for providing their time, cooperation and expertise during the course of the inquiry, and committee office staff who compiled this report, particularly Brian Lloyd, Lydia Chung and the committee secretary, Andrew Snedden.

I commend the report to the Assembly. My committee colleagues may want to add to my comments.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee

Report 1

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (10.08): Pursuant to the order of the Assembly of 14 February 2013, as amended on 9 May 2013, I present the following report:

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