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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 31 March 2021) . . Page.. 787 ..


(2) The Indigenous Services Unit continually engages with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander detainees and family members on a range of matters – including opportunities for supporting increased social interactions between detainees and extended family members. This work is ongoing.


Disability services—government regulations(Question No 118)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Disability, upon notice, on 12 February 2021:

(1) Given that amendments made in 2012 to the Disability Services Act 1991 gives the Minister the power to approve disability service standards and to make regulations under the Act, what disability standards were approved by the Minister (and relevant past ministers) since 2012 and when were they approved.

(2) What regulations were made under the Act by the Minister (and relevant past ministers) since 2012 and when were they made.

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

(1) The Disability Services Act 1991 (the Act), and associated regulations and instruments, is the legislation that guides the oversight of Specialist Disability Service Providers (SDSP) operating in the ACT. The Act requires that all SDSPs comply with relevant standards as well as with other quality and safeguarding provisions.

Regulation of NDIS registered disability providers is the responsibility of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission and managed through practice standards made under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013.

Standards approved by the Disability Services (Standards) Declaration 2014 (No 1), made under section 5A of the Act include:

Home Care Standards

National Standards for Disability Services

National Standards for Mental Health Services

Disability Standards for Education

Disability Advocacy Standards

(2) Regulations made under the Act since 2012 include:

Disability Services Regulation 2014

Disability Services (Specialist Disability Service Types) Declaration 2014 (No 1)

Disability Services Approved Standard 2014 (No 1)


Disability services—funding(Question No 119)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Disability, upon notice, on 12 February 2021:

(1) How much funding for the Disability Inclusion Grant (including maximum amounts per organisation) was given by the ACT Government in (a) 2016-17, (b) 2017-18, (c) 2018-19 and (d) 2020-21.


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