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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 1 Hansard (15 February) . .

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Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The ACT Rural Fire Service (ACTRFS) units use handheld and vehicle mounted radios using either the Territory Radio Network or Very High Frequency (VHF).

(2) The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSWRFS) units use handheld and vehicle mounted radios using either the Government Radio Network, VHF, Ultra High Frequency (UHF) or Private Mobile Radio (PMR). The radio in use is dependent on the area of NSW you are in.

(3) Currently there are no ACTRFS radio channels that are secured and there are no plans to secure them as the ACTRFS re-broadcasts some operational channels on a local open VHF channel for situational awareness for ACT landholders. There is full interoperability between ACTRFS and NSWRFS on the Government Radio Network and Territory Radio Network (GRN/TRN).

(4) The ACT Government (including the ACT Emergency Services Agency) is in the process of procuring new radios under the Computer Aided Network and Territory Radio Network (CAD/TRN) technology upgrade. The tender evaluation is in process and commercial in confidence.

National disability insurance scheme—transition (Question No 829)

Ms Lee asked the Minister for Disability, Children and Youth, upon notice, on 1 December 2017:

(1) Does the latest ACT Public Dashboard on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) state that as at 30 September 2017 (a) 6 309 participants have been determined eligible and active and 6 021 of them have a plan and (b) 1088 are ineligible and 355 are inactive; if so, what is the current status of the 288 that, as at 30 September, did not have a plan.

(2) Of the 1088 that were found to be ineligible (a) how many were previously recipients of support packages from the ACT Government and (b) what were the reasons for ineligibility.

(3) How long can a person with an NDIS plan that is categorised as inactive continue to have that plan.

Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) (a) The figures quoted from the ACT Public Dashboard on the National. Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as at 30 September 2017 are correct.

(b) The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is responsible for the approval of participant plans. The current status of 288 identified active eligible participants who do not have approved plans is a matter for the NDIA. The ACT Government, through the Office for Disability, is able to advocate on behalf of individuals who may have concerns regarding their planning process. However, only the NDIA can advise on the current status of the 288 active eligible participants who did not have approved plans as of 30 September 2017.


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