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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 10 (19 October) . . Page.. 3369..


Ms Gallagher

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

(1a) The Government agreed to 43 of the 50 recommendations of the Board of Inquiry into Disability Services. The new recurrent funding provided to Disability ACT during 2002-03 to 2006-07 was $10.36m. The Gallop Report has resulted in changes to the operations of Disability ACT. These have been financial and non-financial changes. Isolating the costs specially related to the Gallop Report recommendations cannot be done and would understate the change effort being undertaken.

(1b) Again for the Vardon Report, the new recurrent funding provided to the Office of Children Youth and Family Services, and not necessarily directly related to recommendations of the Vardon Report, during the period 2003-04 to 2006-07 was $33.1m. Isolating the costs specifically related to the Vardon Report recommendations would be difficult to do and would understate the change effort being undertaken across the Department and other agencies.

(2a) In 2005-06, Disability ACT employed 303 FTE staff. The Gallop Report has influenced staff recruitment in Disability ACT as a result of operational changes to the organisation although direct attribution to Gallop recommendations is an inefficient use of resources and has not been undertaken.

(2b) The Vardon Report has influenced staff recruitment in OCYFS as a result of operational changes and additional skill training however the exact number of additional staff employed as a direct result of implementing the Vardon Report recommendations is impossible to quantify. Significant efforts have been made to recruit qualified care and protection staff. This has been difficult to achieve due to the national shortage of qualified social workers. This led to OCYFS undertaking an international recruitment campaign which resulted in an increase in a number of qualified care and protection workers being employed. The number of OCYFS care and protection workers has doubled from 51 staff in April 2004 to 110 in July 2005.

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Actual Staff FTE

344.5

346.4

378 - budget

INK1">Senior executive service

(Question No 1209)

Dr Foskey asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 19 September 2006:

How many employees in the ACT Senior Executive Service formerly have been employed (a) by Federal Labor Members, (b) by ACT Labor Members and (c) elsewhere by the Labor Party.

Mr Stanhope

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

I am unable to answer the Member's question, as this type of employment information is not recorded as part of the recruitment process or on personnel files. Executives in the ACT Public Service are recruited on merit.


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