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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 9 Hansard (21 September) . . Page.. 3101..


(1) How many ACT families with a disabled family member are waiting to access a placement for that family member in a Disability ACT managed group home;

(2) What is the approximate waiting time to gain a placement in a Disability ACT group home.

Ms Gallagher

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

(1) Disability ACT does not maintain waiting lists.

(2) Placement in a Disability ACT group home is dependent on a vacancy arising and on the assessment of applicants based on the following criteria:

  • the individual's current supports are not sustainable,
  • the individual has high and complex needs,
  • the individual and their family/guardian are willing to be accommodated within this model of service; and
  • no other service in the ACT is able to provide the services.

Disability ACT—group homes

(Question No 1206)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability and Community Services, upon notice, on 24 August 2006:

(1) How often is it the case that a Disability Support Officer (DSO) 3 has to cover a shift in a Disability ACT managed group home for a DSO 1 or 2 if they are sick or unable to carry out their duties in full during a rostered shift;

(2) How many DSO 3s are working in Disability ACT; how many of them are rostered to cover for DSO 1or 2 positions in the event they cannot attend to a rostered shift in a disability group home.

Ms Gallagher

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

(1) Disability ACT employs a casual relief pool and utilises an agency to fill vacant shifts that arise. DSO3 officers and other Disability staff will provide emergency cover in the event that relief staff are unavailable or until alternative arrangements can be made. This is not a frequent occurrence.

(2) Disability ACT employs 12 Full time DSO3 officers as Network Coordinators. They are not incorporated into rosters to cover vacant shifts.

Housing—review

(Question No 1207)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability and Community Services, upon notice, on 24 August 2006:

In relation to the recent "Community Housing Review":


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