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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 5 Hansard (13 May) . . Page.. 1384..


connect government and community services where people require a joined-up response. We want to make services sustainable by providing quality and value for money services with a particular focus on red tape reduction and removal of duplication. We know that responding early will reduce future demand for higher cost services.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, why did some large community sector organisations decline to participate in the task force?

MR BARR: That is a matter that the member would need to take up with those organisations.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.

MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, what consultation has the government undertaken to develop the blueprint?

MR BARR: The development of the blueprint has been driven by strong and joint leadership between the government and the community sector. During the consultation phase we asked Canberrans what they wanted from the human services system, and we heard the direct experiences of service users and people that work with them. We have heard the voice of front-line staff that are working on the ground in the community on the things that can be done to support their work.

The work of analysing and testing this diverse range of feedback has been undertaken by the core design team. True to the spirit of the blueprint, the core design team was a broad-based group of government and community representatives, including those in management and policy roles within the sector but also front-line sector workers.

This is a nation-leading piece of policy and system reform. I would like to take the opportunity today to congratulate those in the community sector and in the territory government who have driven this work and who have guided it. Based on this deep and genuine consultation process, I am confident that the human services blueprint will deliver a revitalised and responsive system that meets both the current and future needs of our community.

Hospitals—salary costs

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, the 2012-13 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report on Australian hospitals lists comparative salary costs for Australian hospitals. Average salaries were compared for doctors, nurses, allied health, clerical and domestic staff. Minister, why, according to the AIHW, do Canberra Hospital's diagnostic staff receive the lowest average pay of any Australian jurisdiction?

MS GALLAGHER: Madam Speaker, I will have to take that question on notice and come back to the Assembly.


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