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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 18 November 2010) . . Page.. 5674 ..


central office restructure will have been placed into new positions in time for, obviously, the start of the 2011 school year.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Hunter?

MS HUNTER: Minister, what consultation, if any, has taken place since the release of that paper between your department, the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services and families in relation to post-school options for students with a disability?

MR BARR: I think we discussed this at some length in the annual report hearings last week. The department has a regular working-group relationship with the relevant sections within the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services in relation to post-school options. That work has been ongoing for a period of time. Of course, the disability education advisory group also meets regularly, and that includes representatives from each of the agencies and also representatives from the community. Those discussions continued at their most recent meeting and, of course, will continue into the future.

MS BRESNAN: A supplementary?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Minister, to improve the communication between departments and families about changes, has the process to disband the Disability Education Reference Group commenced and what new groups will be represented?

MR BARR: There certainly has been some discussion around possibilities to expand that group. There is, of course, a question of what is the optimal size for such a group. I recognise that those sorts of advisories can get to the point where they might in fact be too big to be able to provide useful advice and work effectively. The question of whether or not optimal size has been reached as yet is one that I have an open mind on and I am happy to take some advice from the department in relation to the final composition of that group. But I am comfortable that the department continues to manage its engagement with stakeholders effectively.

MR DOSZPOT: A supplementary?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, on 31 October I met with a group of very concerned parents who were also asking—

Mr Barr: Is this a supp?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, not too much—

MR DOSZPOT: It is a supplementary regarding consultation.

Mr Hargreaves: Well, no preamble.


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