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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 25 November 2021) . . Page.. 3768 ..


increasing again to 4.1 per cent in September 2021. The monthly volatility in the unemployment rate likely reflects sampling variability in the ABS Labour Force Survey and seasonal factors at the end of the financial year. This sampling variability is an issue of concern that has been raised with the Commonwealth.

(5) In the 2021-22 Budget released on 6 October 2021, employment is forecast to grow by ½ percent in 2021-22. The loss of employment in the September quarter 2021 is expected to be fully recovered by the June quarter 2022.

(6) Based on Single Touch Payroll data, which reports the number of jobs by industry, payroll jobs in the ACT fell across all industries over the month to 11 September 2021, with the Transport, postal and warehousing, Arts and Recreation, and Accommodation and food services industries experiencing the largest falls.

(7) See answer (6).

Mental health—services(Question No 435)

Ms Lee asked the Minister for Mental Health, upon notice, on 17 September 2021:

(1) How many calls has the ACT Health COVID-19 Wellbeing Team received since 12 August 2021.

(2) How many calls have been made to Canberra Health Services’ Access Mental Health between (a) 12 August 2021 – present (specifying end of reporting period) and (b) the same period in (i) 2020 and (ii) 2019.

(3) How many were referred to the Home Assessment and Acute Response Team in each period referred to in part (2).

(4) How many mental health presentations have been made to Canberra emergency departments between (a) 12 August 2021 – present (specifying end of reporting period) and (b) the same period in (i) 2020 and (ii) 2019.

(5) How many of the presentations, referred to in part (4), were seen within the clinically recommended timeframe (according to the Australasian Triage Scale).

(6) What additional funding for mental health support has the ACT Government committed to since 12 August as a result of lockdown, specifically related to (a) business owners, (b) young people and (c) the general public.

(7) In relation to the funding allocated to those categories referred to in part (6), can the Minister provide (a) what are the terms of the funding and (b) to who/which organisation was it provided.

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

(1) The ACT Health COVID-19 Wellbeing Team has received 1,019 referrals for support since 12 August 2021. These referrals relate to providing psychosocial support and referral services to assist people in managing their mental health and wellbeing while undertaking quarantine and/or self-isolation due to COVID-19.


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