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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 3 Hansard (30 March) . . Page.. 959..


(1) How many current on-going Disability Group Home staff are still on the compulsory three month probation period in Disability ACT;

(2) How are these staff assessed once they complete the three month probation period and who conducts the assessment;

(3) Are staff under probation permitted by Disability ACT to run a Disability Group Home without the supervision of an on-going experienced staff member.

Mr Hargreaves

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

(1) Disability Service Officers are subject to a six month probation period from the date of appointment to the Department. There are currently 37 staff in this probation period.

(2) Probationers must complete a compulsory induction program and workplace learning modules through the Disability ACT training unit. Supervisors assess the staff and complete the probation reports.

(3) No.

Disability ACT-staff

(Question No 918)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 15 February 2006:

(1) What is the total training budget for staff of Disability ACT engaged in duties directly involved in the provision of front line services to clients with a disability;

(2) What is the total training budget for managers in positions ranging from Senior Officer Grade A, B and C employed by Disability ACT;

(3) What is the total training budget for administrative services officers employed by Disability ACT.

Mr Hargreaves

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

(1) Disability ACT budgets for 5 days of training annually for each FTE, Disability Support Officer ( DSO) within its service. This equates to a budget allocation of $201,000 in the 05-06 Financial Year. Disability ACT funds two training positions, budgeted at $152,000, to deliver and or coordinate in house training to DSO and administrative staff. 85% of the training officers' time is specifically dedicated to training DSO staff .

In addition to above allocations, Disability ACT estimates that it will spend a further $125,000 on Staff Development.

It is therefore estimated that for the 05-06 financial year Disability ACT will have allocated expenditure of approximately $478,000 to training its workforce of which 17% will relate to Administrative and Management staff.

(2) and (3) See 1.


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