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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 11 February 2021) . . Page.. 543 ..

9. There are many other staff working within ACT Government services specifically for people with disability and services for people without disability that could at any point support students with disability. For example, bus drivers with disability awareness training; community liaison coordinators connecting families to services; clinical psychiatrists working in our hospitals; child protection workers supporting children, young people and/or parents with disability and Access Canberra staff facilitating complaints and feedback.

10. The four specialist public schools, Black Mountain School, Malkara School, The Woden School and Cranleigh School have our highest percentage of students with disability given all students attending these schools must meet the ACT Student Disability Education Criteria.

The ACT Government does not currently publicly release the number of students with disability attending each school.

11. In recent years the ACT Government has strengthened its commitment to supporting students with disability. The Future of Education Strategy has at its core an acknowledgement of inclusion within our schools and the need to place students at the centre of their learning.

The ACT Government continues to make significant investment to increase access to specialist supports within our schools and to grow capability of the workforce to better support students with disability and or diverse learning needs.

Government—carers strategy(Question No 76)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Disability, upon notice, on 4 December 2020:

(1) How many people and what percentage of people are identified in the ACT as a carer for someone living with disability.

(2) How does the ACT Government support carers for people living with disability.

(3) In what ways will the ACT Government seek to develop and improve the ACT Carer’s Strategy.

(4) How many complaints has the ACT Government received in relation to carers for people living with disability.

(5) What concerns have been identified by the ACT Government in relation to carers for people living with disability, and what measures will the Government take to improve and/or resolve these concerns.

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

(1) According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics publication Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, released on 24 October 2019, there were approximately 50,200 people in the ACT who were identified as a carer for someone with disability representing an estimated 12.2 per cent of the total ACT population.

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