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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 4 Hansard (17 March) . . Page.. 1239..


ACTION-services

(Question No 94)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 15 February 2005:

What action is being taken to extend access to ACTION bus services across the entire fleet, paying particular attention to easy access for people with reduced mobility.

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

ACTION is currently finalising its Network05 which will see easy-access, airconditioned buses operating on all Intertown services.

The Government committed $23.3 million, to the purchase of 62 new wheelchair-accessible buses for ACTION over a four-year period ending in 2005-06. The remaining nine buses will be delivered into the ACTION fleet by the end of this year. ACTION's fleet replacement program will continue in order to meet the Disability Discrimination Act accessibility targets, providing greater accessibility to the Canberran community.

As more of the new accessible buses are added to ACTION's fleet, more routes will be able to be covered exclusively by accessible buses.

Disabled persons-recruitment

(Question No 96)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 15 February 2005:

Have linkages been established between ACT Government departments and local tertiary institutions aiming to encourage recruitment of people with a disability under the A.C.T. Public Service Graduate Recruitment process.

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

Initial consultation has taken place between the Commissioner for Public Administration and the University of Canberra to begin the process of establishing a set number of places within the ACT Public Service Graduate Program for people with a disability, with a view to establishing further linkages with other tertiary institutions across the ACT.

Disabled persons-new employees

(Question No 97)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 15 February 2005:

Are pre-placement work visits in place and operating in ACT Government departments to assist new employees with a disability to settle into a new workplace and identify any work requirements.


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