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Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee—Report 1—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2011-2012, dated 2 May 2013, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

Annual financial reports for 2011-12 were referred to standing committees on 14 February 2013. The reports referred to the Standing Committee on Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services were those of the ACT Health Directorate and sections of the Community Services Directorate.

The committee held five public hearings over four days—14, 15 and 22 March and 4 April—and heard from the Minister for Disability, Children and Young People; the Minister for Multicultural Affairs; the Minister for Women; Minister for Health; the Minister for Community Services; the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs; the Minister for Housing; the Minister for Ageing; and relevant departmental officials.

Twenty-one questions were taken on notice. They have all been responded to and are available on the committee’s webpage.

The committee made six recommendations:

… that the ACT Government consider central data collection for information on cross-border access of ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services.

… that future annual reporting for all ACT Government Directorates include five-year data trends on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment within the ACT Public Service.

… that the Minister for Women report back to the Committee outlining the likely alternatives to the International Women’s Day awards and identifying the preferred future approach to the recognition of women by the ACT Government.

… that CSD consider utilising data on the number of Care and Protection related complaints addressed to the Children and Young People’s Commissioner when reviewing the successes of the Directorate’s new complaints unit and independent decision review processes.

… that future CSD Annual Reports provide additional detailed data on the recruitment and retention of staff within Care and Protection Services.

… that the Minister for Health provide the Committee with a detailed update of each health infrastructure project currently underway or in planning by 30 June 2013.

The committee thanks ministers and directorate officials for their time and cooperation during the course of the inquiry, as well as the committee office staff who assisted in the preparation of the report and conducting of the inquiries.

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