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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Friday, 23 April 2021) . . Page.. 1206 ..


Disability services—Companion Card program(Question No 161)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Disability, upon notice, on 1 April 2021:

(1) What measures will the ACT Government take to encourage and promote participation of the Companion Card Program.

(2) How many potential affiliates were approached by the ACT Government in the past, but turned down the opportunity to become an affiliate, for each year since the establishment of the Companion Card Program.

(3) What was the reason for the rejection in each instance referred to in part (2).

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

(1) The ACT Government will continue to promote the benefits of the Companion Card Program to both potential users and affiliates through existing channels such as the Involved website, as well as by directly targeting Canberra businesses who are not currently participating in the Program.

(2) The ACT Companion Card Program commenced in September 2009. Data is not captured on how many potential affiliates are contacted and why they did or did not take up the opportunity to participate in the Program.

(3) The reasons for potential affiliates choosing not to participate in the Companion Card Program is not collected.


Disability services—COVID-19 Disability Strategy(Question No 162)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Disability, upon notice, on 1 April 2021:

(1) In relation to the ACT COVID-19 Disability Strategy, what is the current status for recruitment of Disability Liaison Officers, to the date this question on notice was published.

(2) What is the anticipated delivery date for disability awareness training modules for justice agencies and organisations.

(3) Does the ACT Government plan to host a workshop to examine need and options in relation to specialist disability legal and forensic services this year, as it was not held in 2020; if so, when will the workshop will be held; if not, did the Disability Royal Commission report on public hearing 11 substitute the workshop, and is it anticipated that another workshop will be held in 2022.

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

(1) Two Disability Liaison Officers (DLO’s) are currently employed, one at Legal Aid ACT and one at ACT Corrective Services. Recruitment is currently underway to employ four more DLOs. This recruitment will be complete by June 2021.


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