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3. The Community Services Directorate decides on members of the Assessment Panel based on advice from the Multicultural Advisory Council. The advice takes into consideration:

a. members who are available and have not been nominated or nominated someone for an award

b. a community member from a previously established Panel of Community Members who is available and has not been nominated or nominated someone else for an award; and

c. availability of a senior officer from within Multicultural Affairs excluding the Senior Director.

The Panel of Community Members was a panel that was established by the Office for Multicultural Affairs in August 2019 following an expression of interest process to identify community members interested in assessing Office for Multicultural Affairs grant programs. The Office for Multicultural Affairs accessed this Panel to identify a community member for the Multicultural Awards Assessment Panel.

4. Nominations for the Awards opened on 12 July 2019 and closed on 7 August 2019.

Nominations for the Awards were promoted through a range of mechanisms including: social and traditional media platforms (including community radio); the Community Services Directorate’s website; Multicultural E-News; the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council and other ACT Advisory Councils; the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body; former ACT Multicultural Grants recipients; and youth networks.

Education—early childhood strategy
(Question No 2882)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, upon notice, on 29 November 2019:

(1) When does the Minister expect to release the full ACT Early Childhood Strategy.

(2) As childcare providers set their own policy, is there anything to stop a provider from establishing a policy that, for example, bonds will be returned within six months after a child is withdrawn from enrolment.

(3) In section 270 of the National Law and in Regulations 227 and 228, information about services and providers that may be made publicly available is stipulated, what specific justifications or considerations have informed the Government’s decision that the ACT’s Regulatory Authority will not make any of this information publicly available.

(4) What determines how frequently a provider’s rating is updated providing that in answer to question No 2701, the Minister answered that access to child care ratings that assess providers against the seven areas of the National Quality Standard is enough for families to make informed decisions regarding childcare centres, and the websites that were provided in the answer state that ratings may be issued as infrequently as every five years in the ACT.

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