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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 3 Hansard (10 March) . . Page.. 951..

The Department has made a commitment to give people an opportunity to investigate ways of self-managing their Individual Support Packages (ISPs). DACT has employed a Project Officer, since September 2004, to initiate a consumer-governed pilot in relation to self-management of ISPs.

Recruitment of potential members of a self-managing group has occurred since July 2003. Membership currently stands at 10 Individual Support Package holders, and one independently funded person (insurance payout). This may change as members exercise their right to stay with or leave the project.

On 12 February 2005 a pilot group of ISP holders, under the auspices of DACT, met to elect an interim management committee. The committee will progress a yet to be determined model, that will assist people with disabilities to employ their own support workers and administer their own funding. It is envisaged that this may result in a non-Government Organisation being formed.

The interim Management Committee will remain in place until the first annual general meeting in August/September 2005, when a Board of Management will be elected and appointed. The interim Management Committee will assist with the many challenges faced in setting up an organisation. The next few months will see the Committee needing to draw on a wide range of business, public administration and disability sector skills.

Housing-procurement procedures

(Question No 140)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 16 February 2005:

What is the cost saving achieved by ACT Housing through implementing improved procurement procedures for acquiring new Housing ACT properties.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

The new procurement processes announced in the Housing People Building Communities document released in September 2004 are for new single houses to be constructed. To date no arrangements have been made to construct any new houses as the necessary land is still to be sourced.

Disabled persons-dual disability

(Question No 141)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 16 February 2005:

(1) Has the feasibility study on the intensive treatment and support initiative for people with a dual disability been released; if so, what were the outcomes;

(2) Has the implementation phase of the project commenced; if not, why not.

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