Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 30 November 2017) . . Page.. 5439 ..
completed by Professor Paul Charon of RMIT. The evaluation is expected to be finished in early 2018.
I have notified the chair of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety of the postponement. I look forward to providing an informed update to members on both recommendations from the justice and community safety report No 1, report on annual and financial reports in early 2018.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agreement—annual report
MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion, Minister for Disability, Children and Youth, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations) (4.12): I present the following papers:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2015-2018—Annual Report 2017—Ministerial statement, 30 November 2017.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2015-2018—Annual Report 2017.
In July 2016, the then Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Dr Chris Bourke, tabled the 2015 ACT closing the gap report. At the time, he noted that the reporting framework would be changing, with the development of a new outcomes framework. The report I am tabling today delivers on that commitment.
The ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agreement for 2015-18, which I will simply refer to as the agreement, is based on community and stakeholder feedback that strong families are the key to improving resilience and achieving equitable outcomes for members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in the ACT. The agreement was developed with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body, with the then chair, Rod Little, a signatory. The elected body has continued to play a key role in its implementation and oversight.
I thank the outgoing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body and previous members for their contribution to the vibrancy and voice of the community and their advocacy into government, and I look forward to working with new elected body members.
In line with the seven key focus areas of the agreement, the government is delivering on its commitment under the agreement to build strong families by supporting: education, through creating opportunities for lifelong learning; healthy mind, healthy body, through culturally appropriate focused and effective health, education, justice and community services; feeling safe, which is an important aspect for families in our community; employment and economic independence, to improve opportunities for individuals and families; connecting the community, underpinned by the principle of self-determination that leads to building resilient families, communities and support