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What is the current number of children, by age and gender, diagnosed with autism in the ACT.

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

(1) I cannot provide a complete answer to this question as the ACT does not hold a register of all people with this diagnosis. Residents of the ACT may be diagnosed by public or private paediatricians, psychiatrists or psychologists in the ACT, or through interstate services.

Therapy ACT is the primary government agency for assessment, diagnosis and intervention for children with Autism and related disorders. These disorders include Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). Clients of Therapy ACT with any of these disorders are all recorded under the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Therapy ACT has provided data as at 13/02/2008 for the children they service who have a recorded diagnosis of ASD. They are divided into early childhood and school aged groups:





Total (0 – 17 years)




0 - 5 years




6 - 17 years




(Question No 1841)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 13 February 2008:

(1) Is the Minister aware of the high frequency of speeding cars along Swinden Street Downer;

(2) What measures are in place to stop drivers travelling above the speed limit;

(3) Are there traffic calming measures planned; if so, when will they be put in place.

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

(1) Traffic survey results indicate that Swinden Street carries around 400 vehicles per day, in each direction at an average speed of about 54km/h.

(2) ACT Policing is responsible for enforcing speed limits on the ACT road network.

(3) The Traffic Warrants System, used to identify the need for, and to prioritise, traffic management measures in residential areas ranks Swinden St at 208 when compared with similar streets in ACT in terms of priority for traffic calming measures. Roads ACT has therefore no immediate plans for the implementation of additional measures on Swinden Street.

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