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(3) The hours of therapy services for autism assessment and diagnosis increased in 2004-05. This is due to the 2004-05 budget initiative for the establishment of the Autism Assessment and Family Support team. This service commenced operation in March 2005 and has increased the number of autism assessments undertaken. This has resulted in a reduction in the waiting list numbers.

Therapy ACT—staff
(Question No 401)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 21 June 2005:

(1) What is the Government doing to reduce staff (a) vacancy rates and (b) turnover in Therapy ACT;

(2) What percentage of therapy staff in Therapy ACT are employed part-time;

(3) What percentage of therapy provided by Therapy ACT is provided by part-time staff;

(4) What percentage of the cost of therapy staff goes to part-time staff;

(5) How many hours of therapy does a full-time equivalent therapy position provide for each of the therapy disciplines;

(6) What does the Government's analysis of staffing show are the sources of problems with staffing Therapy ACT;

(7) Are (a) there enough university places in each of the disciplines, (b) the university places filled and (c) there sufficient graduates in each discipline;

(8) Do advertisements for places attract a sufficient number of competitive candidates for positions in each of the disciplines; if not, is it because of a lack of possible candidates, the advertisements don't reach the candidates or the terms offered are not sufficiently attractive;

(9) How long does an appointee stay in a position on average;

(10) Do therapists leave their positions in Therapy ACT in each of the disciplines faster than is planned for;

(11) Does Therapy ACT maintain a record of why staff may leave a position;

(12) Are vacancy rates and staff turnover a persisting challenge for Therapy ACT; if so, will the Government include these measures in future annual reports.

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

(1) Information provided at Select Committee on Annual Reports hearing on 20 April 2005.

(2) 47%.

(3) 55%.

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