Page 1994 - Week 05 - Thursday, 5 May 2011

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I will host a round table meeting in May 2011 with key industry stakeholders to discuss views on licensing fees and a further meeting in June to share preliminary outcomes of the review. Public submissions will also be taken.

(b) Yes. All liquor licensees have been contacted in writing and invited to make submissions to the review. Licensees have until 27 May 2011 to lodge their submission.

(c) The Liquor Advisory Board will be closely involved in the review. I recently met with the Board and my department has written inviting the Board to add any other issues it would like the review to consider. I will be reporting back to the Board on submissions received and providing feedback on issues raised in the submissions.

Children— therapeutic protection facility
(Question No 1606)

Ms Hunter asked the Minister for Children and Young People, upon notice, on 5 April 2011:

(1) In relation to the Therapeutic Protection Orders under the Children and Young People Act 2008 - Therapeutic Protection Orders, has the department engaged in a fixed price tender to procure a therapeutic protection place for the sum of $586 000.

(2) What was the outcome of this fixed price tender process.

(3) How many therapeutic beds and support services were to be provided by the $586 000 fixed price.

(4) What is the future of this tendering process and when does the Minister expect a therapeutic protection facility to be available for use in the ACT.

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

1. The Department undertook a fixed price tender to procure an operating entity for the therapeutic protection place for a period of three years for the sum of $565,142.60 per year not $586,000.

2. The Department made a decision to discontinue the tender process, so that further refinement to the services model could occur, and subsequently advised tenderers of its decision.

3. The tender process, as described in the answer to Question 1, was to identify an entity to operate a facility with capacity for up to two children and/or young people and provide appropriate support services.

4. The cohort of young people who may be placed on a Therapeutic Protection Order will have very complex needs, including engaging in conduct that poses a significant risk of harm to themselves or others and there is no less intrusive alternative placement to mitigate the harm.

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