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Disabled persons—services
(Question No 705)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 18 October 2005:

(1) How is the pilot project conducted by Disability ACT and Sharing Places, on the Consumer Family Governed Project progressing since funding was allocated in 2003-04;

(2) What are the family governed service options that have been set up to support families with a member who has a disability to live more independently.

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

(1) A consultant has worked with the participating families to develop policies and governance arrangements. Disability ACT is currently working with the participating families, the consultant and Sharing Places to review the policies and governance arrangements and to discuss implementation of the By All Means project.

(2) Service options supported by Disability ACT are:

• By All Means;

• Stepping Stones; and

• Getting a Life.

Public service—StudyBank scheme
(Question No 706)

Mr Smyth asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 19 October 2005:

(1) During 2004-05, what amounts were spent by each department and agency, through the StudyBank scheme, on supporting staff who were undertaking study and how many staff were assisted by StudyBank in each department and agency;

(2) What requirements are in place to ensure that all departments’ and agencies’ annual reports, when reporting on depreciation, use equivalent descriptions for similar assets or classes of assets and use a common basis for determining the useful lives of assets or classes of assets;

(3) Why is depreciation determined on a straight line basis when there are alternative methods for calculating depreciation that provide a more suitable approach to identifying the utilisation of assets;

(4) What requirements are in place to ensure that, when a department or agency advises of the correction of errors in an annual report, the corrigendum identifies both the matter that is being corrected as well as the corrected position;

(5) What requirements are in place to ensure that financial information included in annual reports either ignores any cents in a financial amount or rounds any amount appropriately;

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