Page 4046 - Week 13 - Tuesday, 17 November 2015

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It is against this background that the commitment’s progress will be monitored annually through a ministerial statement to the Assembly that allows us to celebrate progress and identify opportunities for improvements. This annual ministerial statement will coincide with the release of the ACT publication, A Picture of ACT’s Children and Young People, which has been reviewed to ensure that it can be the reporting mechanism of the commitment’s key priorities. I will present an annual statement to the Assembly regarding the progress of the commitment and our efforts to meet its priority areas.

Madam Assistant Speaker, I look forward to presenting our progress to you and celebrating the success of our children and young people with you. I am committed to a Canberra where every child and young person is provided with the supports they need to thrive. This is a vision for Canberra that I am proud to be a part of. I commend the ACT children and young people’s commitment 2015-2025 to the Assembly.

Official Visitor for Homelessness Services—annual report 2014-15

Paper and statement by minister

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Minister for Housing, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Community Services, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Women and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Social Inclusion and Equality): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Official Visitor Act, pursuant to section 17—Annual Report 2014-15—Official Visitor for Homelessness Services.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS BERRY: Today I am pleased to table the 2014-15 annual report for the Official Visitor for Homelessness Services. The official visitor scheme is in place to safeguard the interests of both people being held in government institutions and people staying in community facilities who would not be able to move elsewhere if they experienced an issue with their accommodation or service provider. The objective of the scheme is to detect and prevent systemic dysfunction in these locations. For homelessness services, this means the scheme provides a monitoring and complaints mechanism for people residing in crisis accommodation and who are dependent on service providers or accommodation managers for care and support.

Ms Dianne Lucas is currently serving a three-year term as the Official Visitor for Homelessness Services. In this role Ms Lucas inspects properties used by ACT specialist homelessness services. She is available to talk with and receive and consider complaints from people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and who are staying in multiple occupancy and supported accommodation facility for homeless people provided by an organisation that is funded by the territory.

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