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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 16 August 2018) . . Page.. 3234 ..

(3) On what basis was funding provided to organisations providing support for those with disability.

(4) How was the sum of $1.8 million arrived at as an adequate budget allocation for those not eligible for NDIS support.

Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Funding for Epilepsy ACT was not cut in the 2018-19 ACT budget. ACT Government disability funding was transferred to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) in 2016 as part of the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). NDIS participants engage a provider for their required disability supports and pay the provider using funds from their NDIS plan. The NDIA provides funding to providers through the Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant program. From July 2016 until February 2018 Epilepsy ACT received $142,000 in ILC transitional funding. Epilepsy ACT has also received $44,800 in funding through an NDIS Business Investment Package to assist them to develop their business model.

(2) The ACT Government has allocated $1.120 million for an emergency funding pool in the 2018-19 budget. The provision of funding will be assessed on a case by case basis for people with disability who have high and complex disability support needs and for people who may not be eligible for the NDIS due to residency or eligibility requirements. Funding will then be provided to an appropriate disability support provider who the participants choose and who has the relevant skills and experience to support people with disability. The remaining funding from the $1.8 million budget allocation includes funding for the provision of individual advocacy services and for the employment of coordination staff within the Office for Disability to work with the NDIA and the mainstream service system.

(3) See response to (2) above.

(4) When determining the budget allocation request, the Office for Disability assessed historical Disability ACT data which included the number of people who previously received emergency funding, the amount of funding that was accessed and the types of disability supports that were required. The potential requirement for additional funding in 2019-20 will be informed by the outcome of negotiations with the Commonwealth on NDIS full scheme arrangements, which will take effect from 1 July 2019.

Business—Fyshwick(Question No 1551)

Ms Lee asked the Minister for Regulatory Services, upon notice, on 8 June 2018:

(1) What is the current number of businesses with a registered address In Fyshwick.

(2) Has any assessment been made as to the type of businesses operating in Fyshwick; if so, how are they categorised.

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

(1) Business registration is not a function held by Access Canberra or the ACT Government. Business names are registered with the Australian Securities and

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