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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (23 September) . . Page.. 4512..


There are approximately 80 staff in ACT Health performing functions that the ATO would not endorse for access to salary packaging with exempt benefits.

(3) (a) The roles of the staff that have the opportunity to salary package with exempt benefits are to operate in or support the ACT Health Public Hospital entity as endorsed by the ATO. (b) The role of staff who do not have access to salary packaging with exempt benefits is to support the Department in its policy, planning, government relations, office of chief executive and executive support functions.

(4) (a) ACT Health engaged PwC to support it in approaching the ATO for registration as a DGR. As explained previously, the ATO endorsed the ACT Health Public Hospital 'entity' for DGR in 2004 and there has been no need for any further assistance or advice. The Chief Executive of ACT Health is responsible for self assessing against the fringe benefits tax legislation and the process endorsed by the ATO has continued in place since then. The functions of providing public health services have not changed nor have the functions of policy, planning, government relations, office of the chief executive and executive support. (b) The paperwork was provided to the Chair of the Select Estimates Committee 2005-06 and to Richard Mulcahy MLA. There has been no further request by ACT Health for advice since then.

(5) There has been no assessment of the impact on exempt benefit salary packaging on the proposed new structure of ACT Health. Once the new structure is agreed, ACT Health will assess if there has been any change to the function performed within the organisation. That will include assessment of eligibility for new functions.

(6) The impact on salary packaging will not be a factor in finalising any structural change within ACT Health. The Chief Executive of ACT Health will assess eligibility for salary packaging with exempt benefits against the ATO approved framework at the appropriate time. The functions identified and endorsed by the ATO will not change as a result of the proposed new structure. There will still be the ACT Health Public Hospital 'entity' and there will still be the policy, planning, government relations, chief executive office and executive support functions.

(A copy of the attachment is available at the Chamber Support Office).

Health—rehabilitation services (Question No 1059)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 26 August 2010:

(1) What services and facilities does the ACT Government offer or fund, to provide rehabilitation services to people who have a serious mental illness and have some use of illicit drugs, not enough to warrant entry to a drug an alcohol rehabilitation facility but enough to aggravate symptoms of mental illness.

(2) What are the timeframes for the ACT Health's development of an Integrated Alcohol and Other Drug and Mental Health Comorbidity Strategy and what key documents are available with regard to this strategy.

Ms Gallagher: I am advised that the answer to the member's question is as follows:

1. ACT Health funds a range of rehabilitation services for those with serious mental illness who also experience problems in relation to their use of drugs. These include:


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