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systems. The Commission considers that no direct action should be taken to introduce online transactional database based voting in the ACT until it is satisfied that all risks have been adequately addressed. The Commission will continue to work with other jurisdictions in safeguarding our electoral systems and processes, and examining possible options for a future national internet voting platform, under the banner of the Electoral Council of Australia and New Zealand. It should be noted that the current instances of iVote being used by NSW and WA are not administered using an open source methodology.

ACT public service—disability employment
(Question No 1748)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Disability, upon notice, on 21 September 2018:

(1) How will the ACT Public Service Inclusion Employment Program incorporate the recommendations from the Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services Inquiry into the Employment of People with Disabilities.

(2) In what ways is the ACT Government supporting the improvement of employment outcomes for people with a disability beyond ACT Government jobs.

(3) How will the ACT Government address their obligation as a “provider of last resort” for people with disability in the longer term.

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

(1) As an employer, the ACT Government strives to achieve a diverse and skilled public service comprised of individuals who are valued for their differences, experiences, knowledge, backgrounds and the contribution they can make. As indicated in the Government Response to the recommendations made by the Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Service’s Inquiry into the Employment of People with Disabilities, the ACT Government will continue to assess new initiatives, programs and ideas for the employment of People with Disability in the ACT Public Service.

Since the Government’s Response to the Committee’s Report was tabled in the Assembly in November 2017, the following actions have been undertaken:

Six participants have been selected from over 250 applications for the 2018 Inclusion Vocational Employment Program. The 12 month program will require participants to complete a formal learning and development program which takes into account the capacity of individuals and the needs of the work area. All participants and placement areas are provided with pastoral care, guidance and support for the Inclusion Employment Team in the Workforce Capability and Governance Division in the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate. The merit pool of applicants for the program will be shared with other jurisdictions including the Australian Public Service and the Canberra Business Chamber for private employment opportunities.

Funding has been appropriated in 2019 for the development of career retention and leadership programs for People with Disability. The Lead Toolkit from New Zealand will be assessed in the development of these programs.

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