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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 4 Hansard (4 May) . . Page.. 1281..

Children—special needs

(Question No 972)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 7 March 2006:

(1) Is the Minister aware of Western Australia's policy of funding children with special needs;

(2) How does the Western Australia model compare to the ACT's model;

(3) Is the ACT Government's contribution to high need students equal to or more than the $20,000 contribution for 'Category A' disability students in Western Australia;

(4) Would the Government consider implementing a funding model similar to Western Australia that has been endorsed by the Association of Independent Schools; if not, why not.

Ms Gallagher

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

(1) Yes.

(2) The ACT model differs from the Western Australian model in that ACT students participate in an appraisal more frequently than in Western Australia to ensure that resource levels reflect their developmental needs and educational setting.

(3) Students with the highest level of need in ACT schools, particularly those in special schools, may receive more than the $20,000 allocated by the Western Australian Government.

(4) Western Australia has implemented a model similar to that of the ACT. There is a high level of satisfaction with the ACT SCAN process.

Housing ACT—assistance and review panel

(Question No 973)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 7 March 2006:

Has Housing ACT established a Housing Assistance and Review Panel; if so, (a) when was it set up, (b) what are its primary functions, and (c) what advice will it provide Housing ACT.

Mr Hargreaves

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

The role and functions of the Housing Assistance and Tenancy Review Panel are being developed as part of the current community consultation process on housing issues.

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