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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 19 August 2010) . . Page.. 3715 ..

Children—care and protection(Question No 984)

Ms Hunter asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services,

upon notice, on 23 June 2010 (redirected to the Minister for Children and Young People):

(1) Can the Minister provide an update on the progress of the two person Case Conference Team within Care and Protection Services.

(2) How many young people have been assisted in preparing a case plan for exiting care since the Case Conference Team was established.

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

1. The Child Protection Case Conferencing Team has been operational since November 2009. For the period November 2009 until the 23 June 2010, they have convened 251 case conferences. Feedback from families and service providers has been positive and provided opportunities for good case collaboration with families and service providers across the sector.

2. Of the 251 conferences held, 48 were convened in relation to young people leaving care, to assist in developing plans for exiting care. The plans were developed in consultation with the young people and significant others involved in their lives.

Territory and Municipal Services, Department—rangers(Question No 985)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 24 June 2010:

(1) In relation to the answer to question on notice No 106 from the Estimates inquiry, how many rangers are (a) employed permanently and (b) employed in the ACT’s nature reserves and national parks.

(2) How many, of the 18% of rangers identified as being on limited contract, are employed on short-term or specific projects with an identifiable end date and what are the projects.

(3) What is the projection for the employment of rangers (a) permanently and (b) on contract during the 2010-11 financial year.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

1 (a) There are currently 31 rangers employed permanently.

1 (b) There are currently 38 rangers employed in ACT nature reserves and national parks.

(2) One ranger is employed to deliver two specific projects through funding provided via the Commonwealth Government’s Heritage Stimulus Projects (Jobs Fund). The

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