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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 15 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 5825..

(5) What assessment has the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services made of the impact of the regulations referred to in part (4) on the cost of childcare services in the ACT.

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

(1) There are 243 licensed child care services in the ACT.

(2) (a) Services vary in capacity from 15 places to 350 places.

(2) (b) The average cost of childcare as reported in the Report on Government Services 2009 is $300 for 50 hrs per week for long day care and $285 a week for family day care.

School age care programs charge between $10 and $15 for before school care and $20-$25 for after school care.

(3) It is estimated that approximately 2,200 staff are employed in the childcare sector in the ACT.

(4) Childcare services in the ACT must comply with the Children and Young People Act 2008, and the ACT Childcare Services Standards 2009 which are in line with current national standards.

(5) The review of the Children and Young People Act 2008 and the development of the ACT Childcare Services Standards 2008 were to be cost neutral. No assessment of the cost was made.

Feedback from the consultation were supportive of these new standards.

Environment—noise pollution

(Question No 455)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, upon notice, on 9 December 2009:

(1) What provisions or regulations currently exist for Environment Protection Authority (EPA) officers to enter private residences to turn off faulty alarms or other sources of noise if the owner of the property is not present.

(2) What provisions or regulations currently exist for EPA officers to require security companies to turn off faulty house alarms.

(3) What reviews has the ACT Government conducted into these provisions or regulations since 2004.

(4) Is the Government planning to review these provisions or regulations.

(5) How many incidents regarding noise did the EPA attend in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09.

(6) How many officers within the EPA are available to respond to noise complaints.

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