The ACT Government's central goal is to help every person reach their full potential as a member of our diverse, inclusive and creative community.
Our social inclusion and equality program means implementing policies and practices that respond to poverty, deprivation, and disadvantage, as well as cultural and systemic problems such as homophobia, sexism, racism and violence against women and children. This work is already underway.
This Budget Statement not only sets out what the Government will do in coming years to advance social inclusion and equality in our city, but provides an account of what we have already achieved in partnership with the community. We are addressing social exclusion and inequality across all areas, including immediate consideration of ways to counter domestic violence, addressing the needs of people experiencing mental health issues, and eliminating the gap in equality experienced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people.
In recognition of the importance of this work I have appointed Yvette Berry as the Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Social Inclusion and Equality. I have also formed a special committee of Cabinet, to work to:
- build an inclusive community that enables all ACT residents to live a fulfilling life in our city;
- improve outcomes for vulnerable ACT residents;
- support collaboration to remove barriers to inclusion;
- reform the service system to provide the right services at the right time for the right duration; and
- deliver the Government's commitment to Social Inclusion and Equality through to 2020 and beyond.
We live in a prosperous and welcoming city. My government will work with Canberrans to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to make it even better.
Andrew Barr MLA
Chief Minister and Treasurer