Page 4118 - Week 13 - Thursday, 31 October 2013

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get help to access all the supports that they need at once rather than needing to navigate multiple services and tell their story multiple times.

The blueprint will be designed in partnership between the ACT government and the community sector. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the sector for its contribution to this important piece of work. I was pleased to announce earlier today membership of a high-level taskforce to help guide the development of the blueprint. The taskforce will include Susan Helyar from ACTCOSS; Gordon Ramsay from UnitingCare Kippax; Emma Robertson from the Youth Coalition; Simon Rosenberg from Northside Community Service; Leanne Wells from the ACT Medicare Local; and Stephen Fox from National Disability Services. Government representatives will include the Director-General of Chief Minister and Treasury; the Under Treasurer; director-generals of Health, Justice and Community Safety and Education and Training; the Chief Police Officer; representatives from the commonwealth Department of Human Services; and the Director-General of the Community Services Directorate, who will chair the group.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: Could the minister explain why the government is undertaking this work?

MR BARR: It is always important to be planning for our future. Development of this blueprint is essential to make sure that we have the services we need and the services that will deliver the best possible outcomes for the community. This is especially important when the government and the community sector, who are responsible for funding and delivering the overwhelming majority of human services, are faced with a range of significant challenges and changes, particularly through the introduction of the NDIS.

The blueprint will explore how we can plan our services for the future and how we can reduce demand for services, which ultimately means more people participating more fully in our community. It will also be about ensuring the viability of the community sector and harnessing technology, for example, through the use of apps and social media. The blueprint will be launched next year to provide a three-year plan with annual priorities and tangible steps to enhance our human services system.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Berry.

MS BERRY: Could the minister also let the Assembly know what consultation will be involved in the development of the blueprint?

MR BARR: The government considers it critical to develop this blueprint in partnership with the community sector. That is why we have established the task force that I referred to in my earlier answer.

The task force will be supported by a working group of community sector and ACT government representatives and will undertake intensive work such as researching best practice examples of service reform, mapping existing activities underway and providing advice on the blueprint’s content.

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