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detail to the new schemes to ensure the schemes can operate effectively when they commence.
These amendments fill the gap in the new schemes, and ensure these schemes will do what they are designed to do. The bill ensures official visitors have clearly identified places to visit. In the Community Services Directorate, work is already underway to ensure entitled people have the information they need to access the scheme.
The government is committed to ensuring the schemes continue to be responsive to their clients, and this will be particularly relevant after the commencement of the national disability insurance scheme, now known as DisabilityCare. We expect this scheme will change the way disability services are administered. The government therefore expects that the definition of visitable place under the disability services scheme will be adapted to ensure it is as broad and as inclusive as possible.
The new official visitor scheme for homelessness will present a significant challenge. The bill’s definition of a visitable place for this scheme will give the scheme its best opportunity for success.
As I have discussed, the enormous potential of the official visitor schemes must be understood beyond their implications and initial benefits. By shining a light onto homelessness services, the official visitor scheme will allow us to gain greater insight into issues of poverty and homelessness in our community. We can then identify more effective solutions for people who are experiencing homelessness.
I thank other members for their contribution to the debate. I understand that we will be dealing with some amendments in the detail stage on Thursday. I commend the bill to the Assembly.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Debate (on motion by Mr Rattenbury) adjourned to the next day of sitting.
Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 (No 3)
Debate resumed from 9 May 2013, on motion by Mr Corbell:
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
MR SESELJA (Brindabella) (10.36): This bill makes a small number of changes to three bills. Firstly, the bill will amend the Coroners Act 1997 by removing the superfluous requirements for the Coroner to present annual reports to the