Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 16 February 2017) . . Page.. 731 ..
• All payments are tax free and are not classed in any way as income for any assessment.
• Subsidies are not means-tested and are not affected by Commonwealth Benefits that the carer or young people may be receiving (eg Youth Allowance for children or young people over 16 years).
• In addition to subsidy payments a child or young person’s additional needs are identified through the therapeutic assessment process and the development of an individualised therapeutic plan, which is funded individually.
(b) See 3 (a)
(c) The implementation of A Step Up for Our Kids includes the provision to provide carer subsidy payments for young people after 18 years of age until they turn 21, where the young person continues to live with the carer. ACT is the only jurisdiction that provides carer subsidy payments for young people after 18 years of age.
(4) The Child and Youth Protection Services’ Complaints Unit received fifteen complaints from foster carers in the 2015-16 financial year.
(5) As at 30 June 2016, there were 90 children in care (foster and kinship) on Enduring Parental Responsibility orders.
Children and young people—residential care
(Question No 62)
Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Disability, Children and Youth, upon notice, on 16 December 2016:
(1) How many children are currently in residential care in the ACT and (a) what are the ages of these children and (b) how long has each of these children been in residential care.
(2) How many children in total spent time in residential care in the ACT in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012-13, (e) 2013-14, (f) 2014-15, (g) 2015-16.
(3) What is the average length of time that children in residential care in the ACT spend in such care.
(4) How much has the ACT Government spent on residential care for children in each in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012-13, (e) 2013-14, (f) 2014-15, (g) 2015-16.
Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(a) Children and young people in residential care on 11 December 2016.