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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 3 Hansard (10 March) . .

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MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, when will the aforementioned closure of the NDIS occur, and how many non-government service providers with speech pathology experience are currently in operation in the ACT?

DR BOURKE: The NDIS will not be closing.

Mrs Jones: That is what you said.

DR BOURKE: That was the question. The question, as I recall, Madam Speaker, was: when will the NDIS be closing in the ACT? The NDIS will not be closing. As for the numbers—

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, members!

DR BOURKE: Perhaps I misspoke and meant Therapy ACT. But what I was talking about was the exact numbers for therapists within the service. I will take that on notice and provide a more detailed answer and a specific answer to the Assembly, because I know that is what Mrs Jones wants.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, how many non-government service providers with occupational therapy expertise are currently in operation in the ACT?

DR BOURKE: I know that there are dozens of service providers seeking to work in this area within the ACT but, once again, I shall come back to the house with the specific number because I know that is exactly what Mr Wall wants.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, will you guarantee that the same issues that faced families as a result of the cessation of government-run early intervention programs will not be repeated when it comes to the closure of Therapy ACT?

DR BOURKE: I have just said that that early intervention will continue with the child development service. So that is not being closed.

Education—kindergarten students

MR DOSZPOT: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Education. The recently published Australian Early Development Census national report for 2015 measures the development of children in their first year of full-time school across five domains. It shows that, while a majority of children are on track in each of the areas measured, there is a decline in the percentage of ACT children who are


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