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The Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety inquiry into domestic and family violence released its report late last year. It inquired into the adequacy and effectiveness of current policy approaches and responses in preventing and responding to domestic and family violence in the ACT.

In February 2020 the ACT government responded to the inquiry into domestic and family violence policy approaches and responses. I am proud to advise that initiatives funded through the safer families package, including other initiatives from the ACT government response to family violence, meant that we have already addressed most of the 60 recommendations from the inquiry.

We are continuing our shared commitment and work with other governments across Australia to implement the national plan to reduce violence against women and children 2010-22. The 2019-20 financial year saw several major milestones, such as the development and launch of the national fourth action plan and complementary local implementation plans for each jurisdiction. This time also saw the elevation of the women’s safety ministers meeting to a new dedicated Council of Australian Governments, COAG, Women’s Safety Council.

Madam Speaker, as I have detailed today, the volume and complexity of work over the last 12 months to keep families safe and reduce and prevent domestic and family violence has been significant. Not only have we been able to flexibly respond to the unexpected and unprecedent impacts of the bushfires and COVID-19 but we have continued to build upon the important foundations from five years of implementing the safer families package across the territory.

I present the following paper:

Safer Families—Annual Statement 2020—Ministerial statement, 23 July 2020.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Building reforms

Ministerial statement

MR RAMSAY (Ginninderra—Attorney-General, Minister for the Arts, Creative Industries and Cultural Events, Minister for Building Quality Improvement, Minister for Business and Regulatory Services and Minister for Seniors and Veterans) (10.43): I am pleased to update the Assembly on a number of the government’s building reforms and some related initiatives applying to the industry.

In November 2019 we announced that we would create and implement a property developer licensing scheme. We have started this work. Initial policy analysis has considered definitions, the types of activities or issues that the scheme may regulate,

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