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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4291..

Mr Hargreaves

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

(1) The rate of staff absenteeism in Housing ACT from 1 January 2006 to date:

1037 instances of leave have been recorded.

(2) Proportion of absenteeism as a result of (a) sick and (b) recreation leave since 1 January 2006:

a) Paid and unpaid personal leave is 32.7%.

b) Recreation leave is 49.8%.

(The remainder of leave is made up of other categories such as bereavement leave, long service leave, maternity leave and leave without pay).

(3) Number of staff who have accessed either (a) sick or (b) recreation leave since 1 January 2006:

a) 107 staff accessed paid and unpaid personal leave during the period; and

b) 178 staff accessed recreation leave (paid annual leave) during the period.

ACT Health—staff

(Question No 1420)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 23 November 2006:

(1) What is the size of the reduction in staff that will take place in ACT Health;

(2) Over what period will this reduction be achieved;

(3) From which areas and functions will staff be lost and what impact will the loss of these staff have on the delivery of services;

(4) Will any areas and functions gain any staff; if so, which areas and functions.

Ms Gallagher

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

(1) A majority of the divisions within ACT Health are currently undergoing restructures. Until these processes are finalised including consultation a number cannot be provided.

(2) As previously stated the process is underway and once the restructures are completed a timeline will be developed as part of the implementation requirements.

(3) The areas and functions being assessed are non clinical and as such that will not impact on service delivery. The goal of the restructures is to not only find savings in line with the 06/07 government budget but to also find effective ways of providing a more efficient delivery of service to our clients.

(4) Cannot foresee the outcome of the restructures however changing priorities in service delivery may result in increases of staff in some areas. This is likely to be predominately front line clinical positions.

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