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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 13 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 4164..


Disability services—supported accommodation assistance program

(Question No 1784)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Disability and Community Services, upon notice, on 21 November 2007:

(1) Which Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) services have ceased to function since the implementation of the 2006-07 budget;

(2) Which SAAP services have reduced the support they offer to clients as a result of the budget cuts;

(3) Have any indigenous services been affected; if so, how;

(4) Has the ACT Government set up processes to evaluate the impact of the cuts in service delivery;

(5) Given the unexpected budget surpluses, are there plans to reinstate funding to some of those services.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

1.Winnunga Nimmityjah advised the department that they would cease operating Dyiramal Migay on 30 June 2007. Canberra Community Housing for Young People (CCHYP) advised the department in June 2007 that it would cease service delivery to young people on 31 July 2007. Neither of these services received a reduction in funding in the 2006-07 Budget.

2. Castlereagh House ceased to operate on 10 October 2006. Anglicare Housing Program absorbed the 3 medium term (plus an additional place) into their existing program at no additional cost.

3. No Indigenous services received a reduction in funding in the 2006-07 Budget.

4. There have been no cuts to service delivery. The SAAP national data collection and the Productivity Commission's Report on Government Services will enable the Government to monitor ongoing service levels in SAAP.

5. No. However the 2nd Appropriation provided $189,000 rising to $200,000 for the Early Morning Centre, drop in service for homeless people.

Youth—support services

(Question No 1785)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Disability and Community Services, upon notice, on 21 November 2007 (redirected to the Minister for Children and Young People):

(1) What services, including specialised emergency accommodation, are currently available to children and young people under the age of 15 who are homeless and are separated from parents and guardians;


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