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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 13 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 4073..

Home and Community Care Review Agreement 2007

Paper and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Minister for Health, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Disability and Community Services, Minister for Women): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Home and Community Care Review Agreement 2007 between the Commonwealth of Australia and the Australian Capital Territory in relation to the funding and delivery of the Home and Community Care (HACC) Program, dated 21 May 2007.

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

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: For the information of members I present a copy of the home and community care review agreement signed by the Australian government and the Australian Capital Territory in relation to the funding of the ACT home and community care program. The home and community care program is a joint Australian government and territory initiative under the legislative arrangements of the Home and Community Care Act. It provides funding to permit service delivery to support people who live at home and whose capacity for independent living is at risk or who are at risk of premature inappropriate admission to long-term residential care.

The initial principal agreement was signed between the commonwealth of Australia and the ACT government on 18 September 1985. The commonwealth and the ACT replaced the principal agreement with a reworked written agreement known as the amending agreement in 1999; in turn the amending agreement was superseded by the review agreement signed on 21 May 2007.

The provisions of the review agreement came into force on 1 July 2007. The ACT has responsibility under this review agreement for the provision of home and community care services to people assessed as being within the target population and eligible under the national program. It will enable continued responsibility for ensuring that the national program is managed in accordance with the requirements as set down in the program management manual and the national program guidelines; developing appropriate territory policy and processes for service delivery; providing planning and performance information as required by the agreement, including information for the effective operation of the HACC minimum data set; and adhering to the principles on the delivery of services to Indigenous Australians and people from a culturally diverse background.

The agreement provides for three-year planning cycles supported by triennial plans and annual reporting processes. The review agreement will encourage a more collaborative approach between the commonwealth and territory governments in decision making and implementation improvements in the HACC program.

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