Page 5095 - Week 14 - Tuesday, 28 November 2017

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- SSCA ACT also provided consultation support to schools where there were concerns about specific student issues.

- SSCA ACT also engaged with both public and independent school parent peak bodies to address parent community concerns, and had positive responses in this engagement. The objective of this engagement is ensuring schools are safe, respectful and inclusive environments for all students.

- SSCA ACT has not directly taught students in classrooms as part of the SSCA Program.

- SSCA ACT is not aware that any school has made use of the SSCA curriculum material.

Looking forward, the new Safe and Inclusive Schools Initiative is ACT specific and will respond to particular needs that exist within ACT schools and the broader ACT community. It has been developed through active engagement from a range of key education stakeholders, parents groups, and health and community sector organisations through a formal reference group structure as well as via informal consultations. Safe and Inclusive Schools Initiative is responsive to young people's needs and builds the capacity of schools and families to support young people at school.

The ACT Government has been clear in its commitment to introduce programs that support inclusion and fight discrimination against LGBTIQ Canberrans. In line with ACT's Human Rights Act 2004 and the ACT Discrimination Act 1991 the ACT Government believes that all people are entitled to respect, dignity and the right to participate in every aspect of our community regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

In my conversations with young people they have expressed the significance of attending a school where they felt valued and accepted by their peers and teachers for who they are. This culture of acceptance and inclusion in schools is critical to young people’s wellbeing and educational outcomes and is why the ACT Government will continue to support the new ACT initiative.


1 Department of Education and Training. (2015). A review of Literature (2010-2014) on student bullying by Australia’s Safe and Supportive School Communities Working Group.


Bus routes in Tuggeranong—petitions 19-17 and 26-17

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (11.33), by leave: I spend half my life in Tuggeranong town centre. It is not perfect, but I love it. I love the community that is Tuggeranong, and I was making this point recently while cutting the ribbon for the Kmart Tuggeranong wishing tree. I was talking to staff and customers there telling them that I grew up in a small country town in Western Australia and that when I moved away from that little village to live in bigger cities 1 never thought I would feel the sense of community that I had in that little place, but I do genuinely feel that sense of community in Tuggeranong. It really is a place where everyone knows everyone, where it is almost impossible to stop by to pick up a few things without bumping into half a dozen people who want to have a chat.

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