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1) In 2010, audits of 15 disability service providers commenced. The audits will be completed in early 2011.

2) The audit includes:

Focus ACT, Hartley Lifecare, CatholicCare Canberra and Goulburn, Sharing Places, Community Connections, Tandem, Carers ACT, Shaw Possibilities, L’arche Genesaret, National Brain Injury Foundation, Technical Aid for the Disabled, Baptist Community Services, Inanna, Pegasus Riding for the Disability and Daryl’s Den.

3) The audits are due for completion by the end of February 2011.

4) Yes.

5) Yes, the standards are outlined at Schedule 2 Item 6 of the template Service Funding Agreement which is at Attachment A.

6) The template Service Funding Agreement is at Attachment A.

7) Refer to Clauses 10 and 11 in the Service Funding Agreement.

8) Yes, For You and Me was de-funded in 2005.

9) Contingency planning, risk management and communication strategies for the response to services user are developed on a case-by-case basis. The Department’s response would depend on the nature of service being provided and the number and circumstances of the people assisted by the service.

In some circumstances it might be appropriate for the Department to investigate the ability of other community providers to support the existing services users as an interim measure. In other circumstances it may be appropriate for the Disability ACT to take on the service provision as an interim measure.

(A copy of the attachment is available at the Chamber Support Office).

Disability services—children
(Question No 1300)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 9 December 2010:

(1) Given that when a young person with severe disabilities who requires full time supervision finishes school support for the parents is effectively reduced from 30 hours a week to 12 hours per week, how can a carer who was in full-time employment while their child was attending school be able to work once their child leaves school given this level of support.

(2) How much funding is provided, per week, by the ACT Government and the Commonwealth Government to parents of students with severe or profound disabilities who need constant (24 hours a day) supervision for their adult child when they leave school.

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