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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 14 Hansard (24 November) . . Page.. 4691..


(Question No 702)

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

(1) What revision was undertaken by Disability ACT to the Local Area Co-ordination model to ensure the Department is working closely with community organisations and parents of children with disabilities in the ACT;

(2) If the select tendering process has been concluded in relation to the Local Area Co-ordination, which community service providers have applied under the process and what financial support have they received.

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

(1) On 21 May 2005, a Request for Tender was publicly advertised in The Canberra Times, Weekend Australian and on the ACT Government Internet Tender Information Service, 'basis on the net'. Tenders closed on Tuesday 14 June 2005 with no tenders received.

On 22 and 30 June 2005, the co-chairs of the Local Area Coordination Reference Group met with four non-government organisations that had expressed an interest in the program prior to or during the tender process.

Amendments were made to the tender specifications, based on the non-government organisations feedback. These amendments included identifying the timeframe and resources for the establishment phase of the project, identification of the implementation phase, and changes to terminology to better reflect the intent of the project.

(2) On 12 August 2005, Disability ACT undertook a select tendering process. The following non-government organisations were invited to respond to the tender:

    • Belconnen Community Service;
    • Woden Community Service;
    • Gungahlin Community Service;
    • Northside Community Service;
    • Centacare; and
    • Communities @ Work.

The Tender Evaluation process is currently underway. No financial support has been provided to applicants.

Disabled persons-innovation projects

(Question No 703)

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

(1) In relation to the Disability ACT Innovation Program, of the innovation projects that commenced in 2003-04, what projects are (a) complete, (b) now ongoing services and (c) still in pilot phase;

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