Page 2189 - Week 08 - Tuesday, 4 August 2015

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of permanent staff have requested voluntary redundancy and 16 per cent have requested redeployment, and 53 per cent of all staff have requested training support. The expectation is that during the next financial year an increased number of households will select a new service provider and the step-down of staff will be managed through the redundancy and the redeployment provisions.

The ACT government is investing in the capabilities of Disability ACT and Therapy ACT staff to support them to remain in the sector should they choose to do so. Training support has been requested by 210 staff in Disability and 69 in Therapy ACT. This training includes certificate III or IV as well as diploma level of study, and the majority of training is being provided by CIT. It also includes a small number of staff who have returned from or commenced undergraduate study at university.

At 30 May this year the staffing financial impact was $6.1 million. This includes payments for voluntary redundancies, training, financial planning and career advice. At 29 May this year 45 staff had attended the Lighthouse Innovation Centre mentoring and coaching program to explore opportunities for the establishment of a new business or their own private practice. Of those who attended, one new business has achieved registration with the NDIA and a further three are well advanced in their application for registration. Staff can access flexible working arrangements if they want to trial working in a community organisation whilst continuing employment within the ACT public service.

As we enter the second year of the ACT NDIS trial we will continue to learn from the progress to date, continue to engage with people with a disability, their families, staff and service providers and will continue to champion the greatest development for people with a disability that most of us have ever seen, and that is a transition that will change their lives and the service provision here in the ACT. I am immensely proud of the way Disability ACT and the Community Service Directorate have been managing this transition.

I present the following paper:

National Disability Insurance Scheme Implementation Report and the Role of the ACT Government—Ministerial statement, 4 August 2015.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Melaleuca Place—anniversary

Ministerial statement

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning, Minister for Roads and Parking, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Minister for Children and Young People and Minister for Ageing) (11.12): As Minister for Children and Young People, I thank you for the opportunity to speak to the Assembly

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