Agency VA 3128
Joint Committee on Family and Community Development (previously known as Community Development Committee 1992-1996)
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Date Range: 1992 - cont
 
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Establishment and Function

The Community Development Committee was originally established under the Parliamentary Committees (Amendment) Act 1992 (No.64) which amended the Parliamentary Committees Act 1968. The purpose of the committee was to:

" inquire into, consider and report to the Parliament on -

(a) any proposal, matter or thing concerned with community development or the welfare of the Community;
(b) the role of Government in community development and welfare

if the Committee is required or permitted so to do by or under this Act." [new S.4ED].

This was one of three Committees established by the Act and which effectively replaced the Social Development Committee (VA 3126). The other two committees were the Crime Prevention Committee (VA 3129) and the Road Safety Committee II (VA 3130).

The name of this Committee was changed to the Family and Community Development Committee following the 1996 State Election, under amendments to the Parliamentary Committees Act originally established in Section 24 of the Parliament House Completion Authority Act 1996 (No.9). The purpose of the Committee was also redefined by the same legislation as to:

" inquire into, consider and report to the Parliament on -

(aa) any proposal, matter or thing concerned with the family or the welfare of the family,
(a) any proposal, matter or thing concerned with community development or the welfare of the Community;
(b) the role of Government in community development and welfare including the welfare of the family

if the Committee is required or permitted so to do by or under this Act." [new S.4ED].

Despite the changes to both the name and the purpose of this Committee, Section 24(2) of the Act stated that the Family and Community Development Committee and the Community Development Committee were to be regarded as the same body.

Joint Investigatory Committees

The Family and Community Development Committee was a joint investigatory committee of the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council. As such it could comprise no more than nine members of whom no more than two members might be appointed by the Council and no less than two appointed by the Assembly.

Since the 1992 Amendment Act, this Committee was also to be known as a Joint House Committee of the Council and the Assembly. This distinguished it and other Joint House Committees from other single issue joint investigatory committees (such as the Crime Prevention Committee) known as Specific Purpose Committees of the Council and the Assembly.

As a joint investigatory committee, the Family and Community Development Committee could inquire into matters referred to it by a resolution of either House or by order of the Governor-In-Council. It might also inquire into, consider or report to Parliament on any annual report or document relevant to its functions laid before either House. Recommendations made by the Family and Community Development Committee (and any other joint investigatory committee other than the Public Bodies Review Committee) were not automatically accepted by Parliament. The responsible Minister, however, was required to table a report stating action to be taken regarding the recommendations within six months of the tabling of the report.

Location of Records

Records of the Family and Community Development Committee (previously known as Community Development Committee) transferred to the Public Record Office are listed below.

**Special Access Conditions**

Although records transferred from Parliament are available for public inspection, special access conditions apply. Such records are transferred to the Public Record Office on the understanding that they remain the property of the Parliament of Victoria. Parliamentary records are transferred on condition that all requests for access will be referred to the Clerk of the Legislative Council/Legislative Assembly as appropriate, for determination in each case.

Application to inspect the records should be made to the appropriate officer and written authorisation must be presented at the Public Record Office Search Rooms before records can be made available for inspection.
 
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? 1992 - cont Committee Records VPRS 11506 North Melbourne Restricted
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1992 - cont Welfare services VF 252
1992 - cont Parliament VF 400
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1992 - cont Legislative Assembly VA 2585
1992 - cont Legislative Council VA 471
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1992 - cont Parliament VRG 20