The portfolio of Family & Community services encompasses Childcare, Care and Protection Services and the wider community engagement.
The Canberra Liberals believe we need to be making childcare more affordable and accessible for Canberra Families. We will be waiting for the Productivity Commission report into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning to be released in October this year to start work on developing a Childcare policy which will benefit all Canberrans. Accessible and affordable Childcare can increase participation in the workforce while optimising children’s learning development.
Care & Protection Services looks after some of our most vulnerable Canberrans, children who need our help. The Canberra Liberals will be holding the Minister to account to ensure that the Care & Protection Service in the ACT is run as effectively and efficiently as possible. The Public Advocate and The Auditor General have, in recent years, released reports indicating the mismanagement in this department. We will be doing everything in our power to make sure the government does not fail the community in this area anymore. I will be developing policies based on the varying reports which have been released to improve this department and ensure the protection of our children.
In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact my office in relation to any queries you may have surrounding Family & Community Services issues.