Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 8 Hansard (29 October) . . Page.. 2527 ..
MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND COMMUNITY CARE
QUESTION ON NOTICE: No. 42
Mr Wood - on 2 September 1998 asked the Minister for Health and Community Care questions in relation to:
Given that the ACT Government is currently consulting on the individual support packages (ISPs) and individual funding arrangements (IFAs) programs for people with a disability -
(1) Since 1 July 1996, how many (a) IFAs and (b) ISPs have been allocated; and against what criteria were they allocated.
(2) Who made the decisions about which individuals with a disability got the packages.
(3) What were the mechanisms used to determine the appropriate hours of support for each recipient.
(4) How were these decisions reviewed.
(5) On what dates were the successful applications lodged for each ISP allocated after 1 July 1996.
(6) How many of these successful applications were included in the outstanding applications lodged prior to 1 July 1996.
(7) Why did the Government abolish the former open and transparent previous model established to allocate ISPs.
Mr Moore - The answers to Mr Wood's questions are as follows:
(1) Three Individual Funding Arrangements (IFA's) have been created since
1 July 1996. Individual Funding Arrangements are created by separation of funds from organisational block funding. This occurs when funds can reasonably be attributed to an individual client.
In August 1996 two IFAs were created when service recipients individualised funds from a service provider. Authority was provided by the then Minister for Health and Community Care, Mrs Kate Carnell MLA.