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Monday, 14 October 2002
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Senator Brown asked the Minister representing the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, upon notice, on 27 August 2002:

(1) Will the Government, for example through the Council of Ministers, push for: (a) a `headworks' or developer contribution charge to be set on all residential developments to ensure that there is appropriate funding for the development of youth facilities; and (b) greater consideration to be given to facilitate young Australians' activities and development by local government to help tackle their problems in growing urban areas.

(2) Will the Commonwealth consider a `dollar for dollar for dollar,' Commonwealth, state and local government scheme to help fund youth facilities in new housing developments.

Senator Vanstone (Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) —The Minister for Family and Community Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) (a) No. Responsibility for the collection and use of developer contributions generally rests with individual councils in accordance with their respective state or territory planning and development legislation.

(b) While States and Territories are primarily responsible for community development and adolescent welfare, the Commonwealth has demonstrated its commitment to active partnerships with local governments on youth issues including:

Under the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy (SFCS) a total of 79 projects worth $9.7 million utilises partnerships with a range of community and government organisations including schools, youth development organisations, local businesses and state health departments to help young people reach their full potential.

The Youth Activities Services (YAS), run by non-government organisations and local councils, was established in 1990 to support young people and their families and aims to build self-reliance and strengthen family relationships and to encourage community involvement. 22 Local Governments sponsor Youth Activity Services.

The Innovative and Collaborative Youth Servicing (ICYS) Pilots are designed to test the effectiveness of developing community partnerships to deliver services to young people that build confidence, self-esteem and support successful transition to independence. All 26 ICYS projects that are currently being put into place around the country are being encouraged to have active involvement with Local Governments. Four projects will be run directly by Local Governments.

Further detailed information relating to each of these programs is available in the FaCS Annual Report.

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