Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004-2005 Week 1 Hansard (9 December) . .
(to 16 December 2004)
(Question No 49)
Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 9 December 2004:
(1) What are the difficulties referred to in the September 2004 Quarterly Performance Report to the A.C.T. Legislative Assembly and in particular Output Class 1: Disability, Housing and Community Services, Output 1.3, Therapy Services, which stated the number of hours of therapy services is below pro rata target, partly due to difficulties in recruiting appropriately qualified staff and have these difficulties been addressed to date;
(2) When did 'new initiative' staffing for the autism program commence, as announced in Notes 1 for Output 1.3: Therapy Services and how many staff have now been recruited to date.
Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:
(1) Therapy ACT had a staff vacancy rate of 15% in September 2004. An active recruitment program including advertising in various media, contacting universities, attending career days for undergraduate student and promoting student placements in the ACT has been undertaken. This has resulted in a decrease in staff vacancy rates to 6% in November 2004.
(2) The new initiative program for the Autism Assessment and Family Support service will commence in February 2005. A number of internal staff will run the program and recruitment is under way for backfilling their positions. A vacant senior psychology position in the team will be advertised in January.
(Question No 59)
Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 9 December 2004:
(1) How much of the funding for Package 6 has been expended to date this financial year given the Minister's response to Question on notice No 1503 (Fifth Assembly) in which