Page 3608 - Week 12 - Tuesday, 27 October 2015

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there was significant media interest in India and Canberra during our visit, which has led to a 22 per cent increase in traffic to the CIT website and social media platforms. CIT has also had invitations to provide more information to other providers and is currently actively following up on these inquiries.

To be able to meet face to face with ministers and senior officials provided a wonderful opportunity to position the ACT government and our public training system as the education partner of choice in this fast-growing nation, as CIT looks to position itself in this strong international partnership.

I will now work with CIT to progress the relationships by inviting these prospective partners back to the ACT and by continuing this ongoing discussion, finalising the negotiations and seeing the partnership develop over the years to come. I present the following paper:

Expanding vocational education and training opportunities in India—Ministerial statement, 27 October 2015.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Strengthening high risk families

Ministerial statement

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning, Minister for Roads and Parking, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Minister for Children and Young People and Minister for Ageing) (12.03): For the information of members, I make the following ministerial statement on the tender for strengthening high-risk families. Madam Deputy Speaker, thank you for the opportunity to talk to the Assembly today about a major step forward in supporting families under our strategy for children and young people in care, a step up for our kids.

One of the key actions under this strategy is a renewed focus on keeping families together and so reducing the growth in numbers of children and young people entering care. This is the outcome of the strengthening high-risk families domain of the strategy that it seeks to achieve. We will do this through commissioning a whole new suite of services that will provide practical parenting support to parents who need assistance in creating safe and loving homes for their children.

I was delighted to announce earlier this week that following a competitive tender process, UnitingCare NSW.ACT has been selected to deliver a range of new services and supports under the strengthening high-risk families strategy, which are due to begin operating from January next year.

We know from research and evidence the devastating and permanent impact repeated trauma has on the development of young babies. Our investment and partnership with

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