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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 3 Hansard (18 March) . . Page.. 1076..


Health, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee

Report 3

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (10.09): I present the following report:

Health, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee—Report 3—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2008-2009, dated 10 March 2010, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

I present today report 3 from the Standing Committee on Health, Community and Social Services. The annual and financial reports for 2008-2009 referred to the committee on 13 October were ACT Health and the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services. The committee held two committee hearings, both in December last year, and we heard from the Minister for Health and the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services.

An observation that I think we made in last year's commensurate period as well was that the committee does appreciate the vast numbers of programs that agencies are required to report on each year. But during the hearings the committee found once again that more detailed information for some of the programs would have been valuable, and we make that comment once again.

The committee makes eight recommendations. Recommendation 1: the committee recommends that future Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services annual reports include additional information about respite care services, with particular attention to ACT government centre-based respite services and the type and amount of flexible respite that is provided.

Recommendation 2: the committee recommends that data collected under the disability services national minimum dataset relating to unmet need be included in future DHCS annual reports.

Recommendation 3: the committee recommends that DHCS promotes the benefits of using the registration of interest form to families with children with a disability and to proactively seek registrations of interest from all high school children with a disability to assist the department in the planning and provision of post-school and accommodation support options to meet the future needs of these students.

Recommendation 4: the committee recommends that future DHCS annual reports include more information about the grant program under which funding is provided in the summary of grants section of the report.

Recommendation 5: the committee recommends that DHCS review the need for specific funding for the elder abuse program at the end of the 2009-10 financial year


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