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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 6 May 2010) . . Page.. 2037 ..


Disability services—individual support package program(Question No 814)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 24 March 2010:

(1) What was the total ACT Government funding allocated to Individual Support Package Program in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2006-07, (d) 2008-09 and (e) 2009-10 and how many people received funding each year under this program.

(2) What is the total ACT Government funding allocated to Individual Support Package Programs in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 and (d) 2013-14 and how many people are expected to receive funding each year under this program.

Ms Burch: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1)

Year

Number of ISPs

Expenditure in $m

Comment

2004-05

151

7.3

2005-06

160

8.5

2006-07

99

6.0

2007-08

124

6.6

Not requested

2008-09

124

7.8

2009-10

122

8.1

In 2006/07:

Disability ACT assessed the arrangements for a number of people with small, non-recurrently allocated packages generally between $5 000-$10 000 per annum. Many of these were adapted to ongoing block funded arrangements; and

Individual Support Packages which had been allocated to a number of people in the ACT Government accommodation support service were converted into the agency’s base funding.

These changes to the way the funds for services were allocated had no impact on the level of service provided to each individual.

(2) There are a range of funding arrangements available to an individual - Individual Support Package (ISP) funding is only one of them.

Therefore it is not possible to determine the number of ISPs that may be allocated in a given year.

The method of purchasing services (i.e. whether Individual Support Package or block funding or grants) is determined by prioritised need, individual circumstances and preference.

On the basis of the 2009/10 average ISP allocation being $66 000 per person, Disability ACT projects that it may have the potential financial capacity to allocate resources to an additional 20 people in 2010/11. Some of these individuals may receive their resource in the form of an ISP.


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