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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (23 September) . . Page.. 4517..

may be some confusion between this Commonwealth Program, and the ACT GP Development Fund. In July 2009, the ACT Government allocated $12 million over four years for the GP Workforce Program which aims to support, sustain and expand the general practice workforce. As part of this program, the ACT GP Development Fund offers a bi-annual grants program, over four years, for GP practices that commit to supporting the attraction, retention and development of the general practice workforce. The fund provides grants for education and training; attraction and retention; infrastructure; and innovation. The ACT Government is responsible for the ACT GP Development Fund, and I am advised that the Fund has been well promoted, with over 45 applications received in round one, and 41 applications being received in round two.

(2) I have received one complaint from a GP. I have written to the GP in question, and have asked ACT Health to look into their processes to ensure that such a delay does not happen again.

Social welfare—carers advocacy service (Question No 1064)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 26 August 2010:

(1) What are the timeframes relating to the tendering for and establishment of a Carers Advocacy Service.

(2) What is the size, scope and nature of the service that is intended to be provided.

(3) Will the full $100 000 that was allocated for 2010-11 be allocated and spent in 2010-11; if not, why not.

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

1. The Request for Tender for the Carers Advocacy Service was advertised on 4 September 2010 and will close on 7 October 2010. It is anticipated the contract will be awarded in November 2010.

2. This will be a new service, working in partnership with an existing service with established links to relevant community organisations and client groups. The service will work in collaboration with advocacy services to streamline access to information, services and support the government commitment to reduce red tape for carers in the ACT.

3. Yes

Housing—community (Question No 1065)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 26 August 2010:

(1) How many properties are currently provided in the ACT through community housing.

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