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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 3 Hansard (13 March) . . Page.. 462..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

The government's response reiterates its commitment to ensuring that agencies comply with the Chief Minister's annual report directions. To this end, the 2005-06 annual report directions were further developed to emphasise the importance of making annual financial reports electronically available on the same day as they are distributed to Assembly members.

In relation to financial reporting arrangements for joint ventures, the government's response confirms that, where appropriate, it is currently standard practice for joint venture financial reports to be published within the financial reports of their related territory entity.

Finally, the government's response provides an update on the progress and status of the territory's review into the superannuation contributions owing to eligible former employees of Totalcare Industries Ltd and the Australian International Hotel School. The government will continue to provide routine updates to the Assembly on the status of that particular review. I commend these papers to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Young people—residential aged care

Paper and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Minister for Health, Minister for Disability and Community Services and Minister for Women): I present the following paper:

Helping Younger People with Disability in Residential Aged Care—Bilateral Agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the Australian Capital Territory, dated 25 January 2006—

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: I am very pleased today to present a bilateral funding agreement between the ACT government and the Australian government aimed at helping younger people with disabilities currently residing in residential aged care services. The signing of this bilateral agreement reaffirms the ACT government's ongoing commitment to providing appropriate accommodation and support arrangements for younger people with disabilities.

The Australian government has offered a total of $122 million nationally for this purpose, matched by states and territories. On a per capita allocation basis, the Australian government has offered to match an appropriate commitment from the ACT government of approximately $2 million over five years. It is pleasing to see that the commonwealth government acknowledges our demonstrated commitment to this often hidden group of younger people with disabilities by jointly funding these services.


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