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(7) The Commissioner did not receive additional resources for 2012-2013. The Commissioner has embedded changes to intake and assessment processes, including improved database efficiencies. The client allocation system has also been streamlined and waiting lists have reduced from eight weeks to two weeks. These administrative changes have allowed the service to continue to meet the needs and expectations of clients despite the increase in referrals.

(8) All ACT Government staff have access to counselling and mental health support through the Employee Assistance Program (PCC Worldwide).

Victim Support ACT staff also have access to debriefing via internal and external clinical professional supervision. In 2012-13 staff undertook psychological assessment to measure vicarious trauma and were provided with training to better understand and manage the risks associated with exposure to traumatic content. Victim Support ACT staff also have ongoing access to activities that support health and wellbeing.

The cost to the organisation for the external professional supervision and the assessment and training related to vicarious trauma was $8467.43 in 2012-13.

(9) Victim Support ACT expended $2.299M from a budget allocation of $2.434M. The under expenditure was attributed to efficiencies achieved against employee and non-employee related expenses.

Roads—Cotter Road and Streeton Drive
(Question No 193)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 27 November 2013:

(1) When were the plans for the roadworks on Cotter Road and Streeton Drive, Weston first implemented.

(2) Why were the road works in 2011-12 and subsequent work in 2013 not combined.

(3) Are there traffic management plans for these road works and who is responsible for them.

(4) Did the Chief Minister state on 7 September 2012 that the 2011-12 roadworks were valued at $14 million (for 850 metres of road way) and has Mr John Husband stated in 2013 that the current roadworks are valued at $14.5 million; if so, (a) does that mean that $28.5 million has been spent on this road, (b) what is the reason for the expenditure on this project, which equates to approximately $33,500 per metre and (c) why is the Cotter Road and Streeton Drive road works costing more than the Majura Parkway, which is costing $288 million or approximately $25,000 per metre.

(5) Why is it necessary to rip up the new road which was completed only a few months ago and to then start again.

(6) What consultation has the Government had with residents of Weston Creek with regard to disruptions on the Cotter Road and how many complaints has the Government received regarding this matter.

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