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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 7 Hansard (16 May) . . Page.. 2188..


1. Notice of Meeting.

2. Minutes of the Seventeenth Annual General Meeting held on 19 September 2011.

3. Special Resolution to amend the Constitution to increase the number of Board members from seven to eight.

4. Other Business.

The outcome of the meeting was that the Voting Shareholders agreed to the Special Resolution to amend the constitution to increase the maximum number of members on the ACTEW Board from seven to eight.

Families—services

Ms Burch (in reply to a question by Mrs Jones on Tuesday, 7 May 2013): The Member's question refers to an article in The Canberra Times dated 23 April 2013. The article reports on access by a small number of high needs individuals to a range of health, justice and social services provided by the ACT Government and community services. I have been advised that the background brief provided to The Canberra Times was focussed around access to high cost services by families and emphasised whole-of-life expenditure associated with long term service involvement.

In response to the Member's question, I can inform the Assembly that there are a very small number of individual clients receiving support from the Disability, Children and Young People portfolio which is over or approaching $1 million in a 12 month period. The cost of their engagement in other family support and health, education and justice expenses is additional to this amount.

The focus of the government's efforts is on improving outcomes for the small number of individuals and families in the ACT who have very high support costs across health, education, justice and other community services. In particular, the Government is seeking to have a positive impact on the lifetime costs of a family accessing a high volume of services. The drivers of support costs vary from family to family, but primarily relate to the provision of high cost service interventions. These include statutory services and the duration of service provision.

The purpose of the Strengthening Families project is to understand patterns of service use in order to maximise outcomes for families from service expenditure. The project is working with ten families to develop a coordinated package of support that adequately meets their needs.

Cotter Dam—cost

Ms Gallagher (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Hanson on Wednesday, 10 April 2013): The shareholders have been regularly advised by the Managing Director of ACTEW Corporation Ltd about all aspects of the ECD construction.

The cracks were reported on in May 2012 and the shareholders were advised that the repair was being managed by technical experts.


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