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(1) It is not the intention of the Emergency Electro-convulsive therapy amendment for Tribunal hearings to be convened out of hours. The intention of the amendment is that the Tribunal is able to convene the hearing more expeditiously than was previously allowed.

If an application for emergency Electro-convulsive therapy is sent to the Tribunal after 5:00pm on Friday evening the Registrar of the Tribunal will notify the relevant persons on Monday morning. The removal of the three-day notification period means the Tribunal can hear the matter that afternoon.

(2) No.

(3) The Community Advocate has in place processes for after hours emergencies that may arise across the areas of her responsibilities as outlined in the Advocate’s governing legislation.

Children—child care
(Question No 646)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Children, Youth and Family Support, upon notice, on 21 September 2005:

(1) Does the ACT Government participate in a Childcare Planning Advisory Committee for the ACT and who are the other members of the committee;

(2) Can the Minister provide data relating to supply and demand for child care services across the ACT;

(3) Are reports of the Childcare Planning Advisory Committee Report made available to the public; if not, why not;

(4) Does the ACT Government support a mix of providers in the delivery of child care in the ACT; if so, how does it support the participation of (a) non-profit organisations and (b) small businesses;

(5) Has the ACT Government undertaken research and/or consultation in relation to workforce issues in the child care sector; if so, (a) what were the key findings of this work, (b) is a report available and (c) what has the Government done in response.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Yes. The Association of Long Day Care Directors, Community Child Care Federation of the ACT, ACT Family Day Care Association, ACT Government Children's Services, ACT Children's Service Association, and Outside School Hours Services Association of the ACT.

(2) The Australian Government collects childcare data through the Australian Government Census of Child Care Services. The most recent report was released in 2004.

(3) No, PAC minutes are not made available to the general public. As a PAC is a Commonwealth body your question should be directed to the Department for Family and Community Services.

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