Page 4201 - Week 13 - Thursday, 19 November 2015

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All tenants being relocated as part of the public housing renewal program are asked to identify their support needs and relocation preferences prior to moving home. The ACT government is working with community-based service providers to ensure ongoing support and assistance for public housing tenants during the relocation. This includes providing financial assistance for relocation costs as well as individual support plans for each tenant to manage their transition as they move home. I have been pleased with the feedback we have already received from a number of tenants who are satisfied that their needs and concerns have been heard and are looking forward to moving into new properties.

I am pleased to provide this update to the Assembly on the public housing renewal program and the ways in which it is improving outcomes for tenants, supporting the local economy and renewing our urban areas. I present a copy of the statement:

Public housing renewal—Update—Ministerial statement, 19 November 2015.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Education—special needs

Ministerial statement

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Racing and Gaming and Minister for the Arts) (10.07): For the information of members I make the following ministerial statement on the expert panel on students with complex needs and challenging behaviour.

Madam Speaker, thank you for the opportunity to talk to the Assembly today. Today I will table the Schools for all children and young people report—the expert panel’s review of students with complex needs and challenging behaviour in schools, and the ACT government’s response to the expert panel’s findings.

The expert panel was announced in April 2015 to review policy and practice across ACT schools for supporting and teaching students with complex needs and challenging behaviours, including the use of withdrawal space. The highly respected and qualified panel—chaired by Professor Tony Shaddock and with Dr Sue Packer and Mr Alasdair Roy—have undertaken a thorough review. Each member has extensive experience working with families, children and young people, and a longstanding connection with the ACT community.

In addition the panel was assisted by specialist consultants and a small team of individuals with experience and skills in school education, school leadership, children’s welfare and the law. They reviewed contemporary best practice across jurisdictions. The expert panel’s “critical friends” who provided advice and support are recognised research experts from across Australia.

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