Page 4061 - Week 13 - Thursday, 31 October 2013

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The project is not a novel attempt at changing outcomes for a small number of families but an enduring approach that can be applicable to all families with multiple needs. The long-term objective is to implement and sustain a whole-of-government, one-system response for families with multiple needs; to redesign the ACT’s service offer to these families to be citizen-centric, consumer controlled and family focused; and to allow families to self-manage and self-service where possible, to build capacity within families and to build capacity within the ACT service system. It is about identifying systemic barriers and potential solutions and reducing inefficiencies by achieving better outcomes with the same or less funding investment.

There is a great deal of excitement around this initiative, not only from government but from colleagues in the community sector and, most importantly, from the families we are supporting. We have seen that these families are strong and resilient in spite of difficult and enduring challenges. They have dreams and aspirations for their future, and with the right support can work towards achieving them.

We know there are barriers to address in order to support these families to achieve positive progress, reduce cycles of crisis and improve overall wellbeing. This initiative is, however, demonstrating that those barriers can be overcome. Insights from working with these families are being incorporated into a road map for systemic implementation of the approach across the ACT.

I would like to finish by thanking all the participants in this exciting project—the directorates, the community partners and, most importantly, the families involved.

I present the following paper:

Strengthening Families—Ministerial statement, dated 31 October 2013.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Australian Capital Territory (Ministers) Bill 2013 (No 2)

Ms Gallagher, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Health and Minister for Higher Education) (10.15): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

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