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have just delivered over $4 million in the first round of the advanced service offer and the second round is still out there, We have been very clear about additional support going into the community. We have been very clear about working with providers and working with peak groups such as the NDIS for the community providers to be prepared.
We are doing market sounding around what are the service requirements, what do we need to do in partnership with providers to get their governance and their business structures up to standard, and what are the opportunities for new providers coming into town—but that is not to disregard or not recognise and value the providers we have in town.
This will be a significant reform, and we will work with families, with organisations and with groups on a one-on-one basis if that is what it takes to give them the confidence and assurance that we are working with them to make sure they are on this transition in a positive way.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.
MS LAWDER: Minister, can you guarantee there will be a smooth transition to the NDIS, given the time it has taken so far in the decision-making process?
MS BURCH: I will guarantee that every member in the government, Disability ACT and community providers are doing all they can to make sure of this. A significant difference here in the ACT is that we are going as a whole jurisdiction. Other launch sites have a very small parcel of their disability community going through transition. We are going lock, stock and barrel, and that is why we have to take very careful consideration, because in many ways there is no room to move. Once we have divested responsibilities and funding to the agency, that is then the agency’s concern. So we need to be very careful and make sure that we do work with partners and with the community as much as we can. I suggest all of you go onto the Disability ACT—
Mr Wall: A point of order, Madam Speaker, on relevance. The question was relating to whether the minister could guarantee that there would be a smooth transition as a result of their eleventh hour approach to making decisions, not a matter of whether there would be more consultation.
MADAM SPEAKER: I did not hear eleventh hour in the original question, Mr Wall, but I would ask the minister to be directly relevant to the question, which related to smooth transitions.
MS BURCH: I believe I am, but in closing I would just suggest that those with an interest in this go onto the Disability ACT website and look at the offerings around community consultations and public offerings for engagement in this. And if you think that we can do it better, certainly make contact with my office.
Gaming—memorandum of understanding
MR GENTLEMAN: My question is to the minister for gaming and racing. Minister, I refer you to the memorandum of understanding signed last year by the government