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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 14 Hansard (24 November) . . Page.. 4690..

(2) Has the service involved in the project been incorporated; if so, how beneficial has its financial model been for people with a disability to assist with directly controlling their financial resources.

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

(1) There were initially 11 people with disabilities involved in Consumers in Control (CiC). There are currently 10.

(2) The organisation is not yet incorporated.

Disabled persons-taxi subsidy

(Question No 701)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 18 October 2005:

(1) What were the recommendations delivered from the review of the ACT Taxi Subsidy Scheme for people with a disability;

(2) How will the introduction of a SmartCard system assist in reducing the administrative costs of delivering the scheme.

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

(1) The recommendations from the review of the ACT Taxi Subsidy Scheme for people with a disability are:

1. Review policies and procedures regularly for efficiency and consistency.

2. Ensure access to all Taxi Subsidy Scheme documentation is user-friendly.

3. Clearly articulate the eligibility criteria for membership to the Taxi Subsidy Scheme.

4. Conduct ongoing quality improvements including evaluation to inform future planning and approaches in practice by taking into consideration different needs and perspectives of members of the Taxi Subsidy Scheme.

5. Regularly review the effectiveness and adequacy of subsidies in assisting people with disabilities to access public transportation.

6. Monitor annually the budget allocated to support the Taxi Subsidy Scheme.

7. Collect accurate data on membership and forecast trends to enable future planning of the Taxi Subsidy Scheme.

8. Monitor the membership of children and young people using the Taxi Subsidy Scheme.

9. Ensure the Taxi Subsidy Scheme is flexible and in keeping with a commitment to acknowledge individual life circumstances.

10. Continue to foster partnerships across Government and community sectors to provide broad transport options for people with disabilities in order to meet future demand.

(2) No decision has been made on the introduction of a smart or charge card system.

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