Page 3245 - Week 09 - Wednesday, 23 August 2017

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Back in 2015, we promised that we would formally evaluate the outcomes of the reforms and see if Canberrans were getting what they asked for. We also wanted to make sure that the industry was transitioning to support these consumer outcomes, so we wanted to look at industry competitiveness, driver incentives and other industry factors.

Right now, we are in the midst of an evidence-based evaluation process that is systematically reviewing the impact of the reforms over the 24 months since they began to ensure that the community’s needs and expectations are being met. I look forward to the outcome of the review.

MS CHEYNE: Can the minister outline how Canberrans can provide input into this process and the level of response received so far?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Ms Cheyne for her supplementary question. We are consulting drivers, owners, hotels, government departments, community groups and, most importantly, consumers. This is because these reforms are primarily designed to ensure that we are providing Canberrans with an on-demand transport industry that meets their needs.

We have received over 1,000 responses to both full-length and quick surveys. More than a dozen stakeholder groups have also met with the evaluation team. We are keen to hear from all members of the community, whether they are drivers, owners or just people who want to get from point A to point B.

I encourage Canberrans to head to the Your Say website and provide feedback to the government by 5 September. We have various surveys that the community can fill out, depending on how they participate in the industry, so that we can collect the various pieces of information that we need. Further information or submissions can also be sent through to the team which is running the evaluation to their email address: I encourage Canberrans to jump on to the website or to send us an email, to ensure that we are building a system that meets the needs of everyone in the community.

Mr Barr: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

LGBTIQ community—government support

MR BARR: During question time, Ms Le Couteur asked me some specific questions around the participation particularly of homeless people in the non-binding voluntary postal survey, and to what extent the territory government could seek to assist.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released some further information in relation to what they are calling special strategies to support participation. Within these strategies—which cover participation by people experiencing homelessness; Australians overseas; people who are blind, who have low vision or have another

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