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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 12 Hansard (28 October) . . Page.. 5361..

* Disability ACT assessed the arrangements for a number of people with small,


non-recurrently allocated packages generally between $5 000-$10 000 per annum. Many of these were adapted to ongoing block funded arrangements; and

* Individual Support Packages which had been allocated to a number of people in the ACT Government accommodation support service were converted into the agency's base funding.

These changes to the way the funds for services were allocated had no impact on the level of service provided to each individual.

(4) The allocated funding for the ACT Equipment Scheme this financial year (2010/11) is $1,245,694.00. The significant increase is due to the implementation of changes to the ACT Equipment Scheme in 2009/10.

The most significant changes are:

* The ACT Equipment Scheme now fully funds equipment to eligible clients,

* All children under 16 are eligible regardless of their parents income;

* Access for low income earners; and

* Enhancements to the variety of equipment.

The actual operating expenses (including employee costs) to deliver this scheme in previous years was:

* 2006/07 - $685,042.

* 2007/08 - $632,296

* 2008/09 - $504,173

* 2009/10 - $795,808

(5) A range of training programs were offered during this time that supported the capacity of all DHCS staff to comply with legislative responsibilities, maintain professional membership and accreditation and provide quality services to the ACT public.

I am not prepared to authorise the use of considerable resources that would be involved in providing the detailed information required to answer the Member's question.

(6) This is articulated in the Individual Support Packages policy document at: www.dhcs.act.gov.au/disability_act.

Please note the policy refers to Individual grants, small transition support allocation, low to moderate and high and sustained support allocations. It does not use high and medium assistance by way of defining allocation.

Disabled persons—support (Question No 1181)

Mr Doszpot asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 21 September 2010:


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