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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 18 November 2010) . . Page.. 5769 ..


(1) Given that in the ACT Labor 2008 Election Policy, Children and Young People, page 6, the Stanhope Government promised to provide $800 000 over four years to “create a dedicated service run by a non-government organisation to provide information, advice and support to grandparents and kinship carers who are caring for children”, has the Government “created a dedicated service run by a non-government organisation”; if so, (a) what is the name of the service, (b) when did the Government create it, (c) what is the name of the non-government organisation running the service, (d) when was the non-government organisation appointed to run the service, (e) when did the non-government organisation begin to provide information, advice and support to grandparent and kinship carers, (f) what quantum of funding did the Government provide to the non-government organisation, (g) when did the Government provide that funding and (h) what procurement process did the Government employ.

(2) If the Government has not created the dedicated service run by a non-government organisation referred to in part (1), (a) why not, (b) when will the Government create the service, (c) when will the government appoint a non-government organisation to run the service, (d) what funding has the Government budgeted to be provided to the non-government organisation for the purpose and (e) what procurement process will the Government employ.

(3) During the period (a) October 2008 to 30 June 2009 and (b) 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010, (i) what was the total quantum of funding that the ACT Government provided to non-government organisations to provide information advice and support for grandparents and kinship carers who are caring for children, (ii) what are the names of the non-government organisations that received that funding, (iii) what quantum of funding did the Government provide to each organisation, (iv) what was the stated purpose of the funding provided for each organisation, (v) on what dates did the Government make the funding payments and (vi) what procurement process did the Government employ.

(4) During the period 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011, (a) what is the total quantum of funding that the Government has budgeted to be provided to non-government organisations to provide information advice and support for grandparents and kinship carers who are caring for children, (b) of the budgeted figure referred to in part (4)(a), what is the total quantum of funding that the Government has paid to non-government organisations to date, (c) what are the names of the non-government organisations that received that funding, (d) what quantum of funding did the Government provide to each organisation, (e) what was the stated purpose of the funding provided for each organisation, (f) on what dates did the Government make the funding payments and (g) what procurement process did the Government employ.

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

1 (a) The needs of kinship carers in the ACT are addressed through a range of non-government and government services. The $800,000 referred to in the question is one component. This funding has been used to part fund a Carer Liaison position within the Department and to fund the Kinship Care Support Program through the Office for Children Youth and Family Support. This program was tendered earlier this year and the outcome was notified to the successful organisation on 2 August. However, not all the components of the tender were subject to successful proposals from provider organisations and at this stage $40,000 per annum has been allocated.


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