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are available on the committee’s web page. In total the committee made 25 recommendations. I would like to thank everyone on the committee, three of whom are new members of this Assembly, for what has been a very smooth and positive experience. Finally, on behalf of the committee, I would like to thank the ACT government ministers and directorate and agency officials for their contributions to this inquiry. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Health, Ageing and Community Services—Standing Committee

Report 1

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee) (10.10): I present the following report:

Health, Ageing and Community Services—Standing Committee—Report 1—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2015-2016, dated 2 May 2017, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

It is fantastic to present the first report of the HACS committee for the Ninth Assembly. The committee has made seven recommendations. I thank the committee members for their tripartisan support on this report. I thank the secretariat for putting this work together, as well as the officials who attended the annual reports hearings and answered questions on notice.

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (10.11): It is really good that the annual reports hearings have enabled us to get a clearer picture of the activities of the Heath and Community Services directorates. They have also identified a number of issues.

Of these, the one I particularly want to mention now and express some concern about is the national disability insurance scheme implementation. I note that the ACT information, linkages and capacity building funds of $2.9 million have been announced since the annual reports hearings. However, while there will be a new mix of programs through 22 funding allocations, there are organisations which have not been successful and there is a risk that there may be gaps in the future.

While there are approximately 1½ thousand organisations registered to provide services under the NDIS in the ACT, I understand that many of them are not active or operational in this city, and perhaps they do not need to be. The point is that we do not know this unless we look at it.

I have been raising the possibility of the HACS committee undertaking an inquiry into the NDIS transition and implementation in the ACT. While I note that the newly announced disability expert advisory group will have some role in providing advice about the ongoing implementation of the NDIS in the ACT, the annual reports

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