Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 8 June 2017) . . Page.. 2072 ..
and members of government boards. The committee thanks the directorates and agencies for providing responses to questions taken on notice and at public hearings, and questions submitted on notice following its hearings. This information assisted the committee and its understanding of the many issues it considered during the inquiry.
Annual reports, as key accountability documents, are one of the main ways for agencies to account for their performance through ministers to the Legislative Assembly and the wider community; a key part of the historical record of government and public administration decisions, actions and outcomes; a source of information and reference about the performance of agencies and service providers; and a key reference document for internal management.
The committee’s report includes discussions of significant issues raised during the inquiry process, and makes 28 recommendations, ranging from relatively minor to quite major matters. All the recommendations were supported by the entire committee, by all committee members, and are recommended in a spirit of seeking to assist the government to improve in areas that were discussed or brought to the committee’s attention during the hearings process. There are no dissenting comments to the report. We urge the government to take seriously the recommendations and look forward to the government’s response.
I would like to conclude by thanking my committee colleagues, Deputy Chair Because Cody, Elizabeth Lee and Chris Steel, and relevant ministers and accompanying directorate and agency staff, and members of governing boards, for providing their time, cooperation and expertise during the course of the inquiry process. I also thank the committee secretariat and our committee secretary, Dr Andrea Cullen, for their great work on this project.
I commend the report to the Assembly. My committee colleagues, I believe, will not be making statements, but obviously they are free to do so. I commend the report to the Assembly.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Women and Minister for Sport and Recreation) (10.07): Madam Speaker, today I deliver the first annual safer families statement. This statement provides the opportunity to reflect on the solid work that has been done to date to reduce the prevalence of domestic and family violence in our community, but it also serves to remind us that there is still much work to be done.