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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 28 October 2010) . . Page.. 5362 ..


(1) Given that The Productivity Commission reported that care and support for a person with severe or profound disability needing “constant support” is around $100 000 per year to provide 64 hours per week, not including holidays and annual leave, and the cost of 32 hours per week for an adult with “frequent support needs” is $50,000 per year, is this an accurate reflection of the cost of care and support for a person with severe or profound disability in the ACT; if not, what is the cost and how is it determined.

(2) How many adults with a disability in the ACT need (a) constant and (b) frequent support.

(3) Would the cost of full-time care and support for a person with severe or profound disability needing “constant support”, that is 24 hours, seven days a week all year including holidays, be close to $300 000 per year; if not, what is the cost and how is it determined.

(4) Is an Individual Support Package (ISP), in the ACT, the primary means of providing “constant support” or “frequent support” for people with severe or profound disability; if not, how is the required support provided.

(5) How many adults with a disability who are currently getting an ISP in the ACT need (a) constant and (b) frequent support.

(6) What is the average value of an ISP that the ACT Government provides to a family for care and support of an adult person with a disability needing (a) constant and (b) frequent support.

(7) What additional services, not funded through their ISP, are provided for people with an ISP and what is the average additional cost of services provided for adults with an ISP.

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

1. Data is not gathered in the form of ‘constant’ or ‘frequent support’ but rather Assisted Daily Living. Yes the average cost of an accommodation support user in the ACT does reflect the costs quoted.

2. Data is not gathered in the form of ‘constant’ or ‘frequent support’. It is gathered in the form of ‘needing help with activities of daily living’ (AIHW annual report collected through the National Minimum Data Set and ABS census data).

In 2010 there are 11,022 people who reported having a disability who are aged 18 and above. The census defined Disability as “needing help or assistance in one or more of the three core activity areas of self-care, mobility and communication because of a disability, long term health condition” (Source; ACT Government projections based on the 2006 Survey of Population and Housing).

Not all people who have a restriction in one or more of the three core actively areas would need constant or frequent support.

3. The cost for a person living alone, requiring full-time care and support with severe or profound disability needing “constant support”, that is 24 hours, seven days a week all


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