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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 7 Hansard (7 August) . .

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Retaining Therapy ACT health professional staff in the workforce is also important for the success of the NDIS in the ACT. Career planning conversations have commenced in order to gain an understanding of the career intentions of our staff. Staff secondments to non-government services will occur as a means for staff to gain a better understanding of working in this sector.

Disability ACT is implementing a transformation project, my life, my choice, to move the supported accommodation service from a one-size-fits-all model to individual household service models. This involves developing individual plans with each client and their families prior to their planning conversation with the NDIA. The NDIA has also commenced planning conversations with those Disability ACT households identified for the transition during the July to September quarter.

I will continue to make commitments to provide regular reports to the Assembly in accordance with the 4 June resolution, and generally because I think it is of interest to our community. My next report will be in the first sitting week of term 4 this year, with an update on the readiness of early intervention non-government service providers that will commence in 2015.

The NDIA quarterly reports to the Disability Reform Council will provide the relevant evidence to measure progress of the ACT NDIS trial. I plan to report then following the release of each NDIA quarterly report.

In conclusion, the launch of the ACT NDIS trial is a testament to the commitment of people with disability in the ACT and their families. I wish to acknowledge their determination to make this national reform a reality not just for themselves but for those people who may need to access the scheme into the future.

I thank the individuals, families, the staff from the directorate and the support of the non-government providers in making this launch and transition the success it has been to date. It has only been five weeks, but it is a change for our community and a change for the better. Whilst there is uncertainty, I know it is the right choice and that the right outcomes will be found in the end.

Sitting suspended from 11.27 am to 2.30 pm.

Ministerial arrangements

MR BARR (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Housing and Minister for Tourism and Events): The Chief Minister will be absent from question time today, so I will endeavour to assist members in the Chief Minister's portfolios.

Questions without notice

Kangaroos—cull

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, I refer to statements that you made on the ABC in July 2011. You said: "It's


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