Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 2 August 2018) . . Page.. 2650 ..
Freedom of Information Act, pursuant to section 39—Copy of notice provided to the Ombudsman—Community Services Directorate—Freedom of Information request—Decision not made in time, dated 14 June 2018.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body—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) (3.40): For the information of members, I present the following paper:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Act, pursuant to subsection 10B(3)—ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body—Report on the outcomes of the ATSIEB Hearings 2016-17—Seventh Report to the ACT Government—Government response.
I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.
MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank the Assembly for the opportunity to table the government response to the 2016-17 ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body hearings outcomes report. The ACT government response covers the seventh Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body hearings held on 12 and 13 April 2017, within the term of the third elected body. The current elected body provided the report to the government on 7 December 2017, and I tabled the report in the Assembly in February this year.
The ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Act 2008 provides a mechanism for the elected body to monitor and report on the services provided, programs administered and outcomes delivered by ACT government directorates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the ACT. Under section 26 of the act, directors-general of all ACT government directorates were called to present evidence at the 2016-17 public hearings on their respective directorates’ spending and decision-making. All relevant directorates provided input to the government response.
The report on the outcomes of the elected body hearings in 2016-17 to the ACT government contains 11 recommendations. The ACT government has agreed to five of the recommendations and agreed in principle to a further three recommendations. The remaining three recommendations have been noted. The government has not disagreed with any of the recommendations. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander subcommittee of the ACT Public Service Strategic Board will monitor the implementation of the report’s recommendations.
As I said in February, the elected body hearings process has proved to be a positive method of interaction between the government and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, culminating in a body of advice that is useful and informing