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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 11 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 3524 ..



Accommodation Support Service

Mr Wood - on 17 November 1998 asked the Minister for Health and Community Care

questions in relation to the Accommodation Support Service in the Disability Program:

(1) Who is eligible for this support.

(2) How are people assessed for eligibility.

(3) Is there a waiting list and if so, how many are on it.

(4) What is the waiting time for entry.

Mr Moore - The answers to Mr Wood's questions are as follows:

(1) Eligibility for Disability Program services is outlined in the Program's Priority of Access and Intake Procedures policy. This policy states that:

"The Disability Program will provide fair access to appropriate support to people with a disability who fall within the target group identified by the ACT Disability Services Act and are residents of the ACT. The provision of support will be assessed against the Disability Program's priority of access criteria and each individual's relative need for support".

The Disability Program's priority for access criteria are outlined in the same policy, which goes on to state:

" Services from Disability Program will be provided to residents of the ACT on the following basis:

Priority 1: Within available resources, each person with a developmental disability with moderate to high support needs is to be given highest priority for receiving required ongoing Disability Program service(s).

Priority 2: Each person with a developmental disability with low support needs is to be provided with access to Disability Program service(s) where capacity exists within resources to meet their needs.

Priority 3: Should resources be available following a service being offered to those persons prioritised in (1) and (2), all other people with a disability are to be considered to access to a Disability Program service, which are to be allocated according to relative need."

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