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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 3 Hansard (30 March) . . Page.. 963..


Disabled persons-transport

(Question No 927)

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

(1) Have officials from Disability ACT advised a group of parents that Disability ACT had overrun its budget for transport across all departmental activities, including transport options to Disability Group Homes;

(2) Is the Government conducting an independent review of the disability transport services in Disability ACT, including transport offered to group homes and respite centres; if so, when was the decision made to conduct a review of all transport activities of Disability ACT, including the provision of transport to Disability Group Homes and respite centres and on what grounds was the review initiated.

Mr Hargreaves

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

(1) At Meet the Director on 13 December 2005, parents were advised that costs associated with running the Disability ACT fleet had exceeded the notional budget allocation by 25% ($250,000) in the last financial year.

(2) No. Disability ACT is undertaking an internal evaluation of the fleet usage due to increasing fuel and vehicle running costs. This is being done to ensure the fleet is used in an efficient and accountable manner and in accordance with the best interests of Disability ACT clients.

Disability ACT-sex education

(Question No 928)

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

What policy does Disability ACT maintain in relation to sex education for young people with a disability, living in the care of Disability ACT.

Mr Hargreaves

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

Disability ACT Policy 4-18: Personal Relationships and Sexuality details the responsibilities of staff in ensuring clients have the right to access education about personal relationships and sexuality. This education is provided by staff who have undertaken additional training in this area, or a relevant professional.

Disability ACT-programs

(Question No 929)

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


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