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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 9 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 3463..


(3) The current staffing structure of Individual Support Services at every level is represented in full time equivalency (FTE):

      4 FTE Trainee Disability Support Officer Level 1

      106 FTE Disability Support Officer Level 1

      29 FTE Disability Support Officer Level 2

      14 FTE Disability Support Officer Level 3

      6.5 FTE Administrative Services Officer Level 2

      3 FTE Administrative Services Officer Level 3

      2 FTE Administrative Services Officer Level 4

      2 FTE Administrative Services Officer Level 5

      4 FTE Administrative Services Officer Level 6

      3 FTE Senior Officer Grade C

      3 FTE Senior Officer Grade B

      1 FTE Director

This represents a total of 173 FTE.

(4) Disability ACT is steadily working toward decreasing reliance on contracted services for the provision of relief disability support officers. In turn, Disability ACT is working toward increasing the numbers of Disability Support Officers Level 1.

(5) Currently approximately 17 to 20% of Individual Support Services total employee expenditure is utilised through contracted labour provided by two agencies,

Healthcall ACT and Quest Employment Solutions. These agencies currently provide relief staff on a fifty-fifty shared arrangement to complement the Department's permanent and casual staff that supports people in disability houses.


From 1 October 2003, following their successful bid for tender, Quest Employment Solutions will provide contracted labour to fulfill the role of relief disability support officers.


Disability ACT plans to reduce its level of reliance upon contracted staff to approximately 10% of total employee expenditure within 3 years.

Business-development

(Question No 913)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, upon notice, on 26 June 2003:

In relation to fostering development of small and medium enterprises:

(1) In the 2003-04 Budget you announced $270,000 expenditure this financial year for the above project. How much of that $270,000 has been spent to date and for what purposes;

(2) In percentage terms, how close is this program to being ready for businesses to access;


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