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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4157 ..

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

It is anticipated that the claim will be settled before the end of the calendar year.

The amount of $60 million should cover the lost plantation assets, but there are other associated costs such as clean-up and replanting that will not be fully covered.

The total quantum of costs not covered will depend on decisions yet to be made on the future use of non-urban land. The ACT Insurance Authority will meet $4 million of cost,

which was its deductible under the policy . This amount is able to be met from ACTIA funds without the need for separate Budget funding.

CASA playgroup program-autism

(Question No 1012)

Mrs Burke

asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 25 September 2003:

In relation to the Communication and Social Awareness (CASA) Playgroup Program:

Is the Minister aware of any cases where children with autism have missed out on placements to the CASA playgroup in the last two years. If so, please provide details (including the number and reasons);

How many children are currently registered in autism programs in the ACT;

How many children are on the waiting list, under the age of three, to attend a CASA playgroup;

What programs are in place for children from three years of age;

What happens to a child once they reach the age of three who are attending a CASA playgroup;

How are children placed on a program;

Who advises the parents or carers of the progress of waiting lists.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to Mrs Burke's question is:

There are no records on file of children who have not been placed in a CASA group in the last two years.

There are currently forty-six children enrolled. Fourteen in CASA playgroups and thirty-two in Autism specific intervention groups.

As at 29 September 2003 there is one child, who will turn two in November, on the CASA playgroup registration list who will be placed according to age criteria.

The Department of Education, Youth and Family Services (DEYFS) offers a range of programs for children from three years of age

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