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satisfied with the level of service provided, they are able to make a complaint through the AFP Professional Standards complaint management framework or to the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

(3) (a) ACT Policing endeavours to engage with rally organisers as much as possible prior to the event, depending on the length of notice received and other operational activities occurring at the time.

(b) The number of police that may attend a rally is determined by police, based on the assessment process described previously.

(4) ACT Policing will not intervene in a rally or protest unless required. Decisions regarding intervention at organised rallies are most appropriately made by attending police, noting a number of variables are considered when deciding upon a response to particular behaviour.

These considerations include overall safety and the evidentiary requirements of prosecuting criminal offences. There are situations where the intervention of police can lead to an escalation in hostility and an increased risk to the general public and police officers.

(5) ACT Policing is not aware of any breaches of its standard business practices in respect of protests and demonstrations in the previous 12 months.

(6) ACT Policing’s response to a rally is determined by the assessment process described previously in response (1).

Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders—programs
(Question No 660)

Mr Milligan asked the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, upon notice, on 22 September 2017:

(1) In relation to the $502 000 budget allocation for Growing Healthy Families, what programs are run under this funding.

(2) Can the Minister provide (a) a list of all that apply, (b) which of the programs include indigenous families, (c) which of the programs are specifically only for indigenous families and (d) what funding is available for each program.

(3) Who runs each of the programs and which of the programs (a) are run by indigenous organisations and (b) include indigenous organisations.

(4) How many children attend the program and how many of these are indigenous.

(5) What are the specific outcomes for the programs.

Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Growing Healthy Families program offers a range of culturally informed health, early childhood development and parenting skills programs and services to support

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