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(10) Therapists working with children and families who attend special schools in the ACT have provided hours of service, evaluated programs and revised input based on feedback from parents and staff. Staff have developed and maintained skills in the area of autism through a range of professional development opportunities, many of which were funded by the ACT Government.

(11) This funding was provided for children with complex care needs and as a result, services were provided to a range of clients with differing diagnosises.

Therapy ACT provided input into the clients’ everyday community programs, such as their educational setting, recreational programs, respite services and childcare. Support is provided in a wide range of models and to a broad range of people involved with the child with autism and their family.

(12) See answer 5.

ACTION—dial-a-bus service
(Question No 219)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 8 March 2005:

(1) Further to the introduction on 31 January 2005 of ACTION’s dial-a-bus service in Weston Creek, what has been the average number of passengers per journey on these nightly bus services, both from Woden Interchange to the suburbs, and from the suburbs to Woden Interchange;

(2) How many telephone calls have been received on average for booking each evening bus service and bus run out of Weston Creek suburbs into Woden interchange since the introduction of this service;

(3) Have any complaints been received by ACTION or the ACT Government either from passengers or bus drivers since the introduction of the service; if so, how many complaints have there been and what has been their nature;

(4) In how many instances have passengers not been picked up by an ACTION driver at or within a few minutes of the pre-arranged time due to re-routing of the bus service after subsequent phone calls by other passengers booking the same bus.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Average number of passengers per journey per night from Woden Interchange to Weston Creek: 9.3

Average number of passenger per journey per night inbound to Woden Interchange: 1.6

(2) Average number of calls for per night for bookings: 6.46 calls

(3) No complaints have been received by ACTION or the ACT Government

(4) There is no record of any such occurrence.

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