Page 1118 - Week 03 - Thursday, 22 March 2018

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2. Staffing

ACT Health acknowledges that staffing is an ongoing issue and has expanded staff recruitment across other States and Territories. The rate of full-time equivalent direct care staff employed in admitted patient specialised mental health services increased by 16% over the last 10 years, from 28.2 per 100,000 people in 2006–07 to 32.7 per 100,000 people in 2015–16.

The ACT also had the highest rate of full-time equivalent direct care staff employed in ambulatory specialised mental health services in 2015–16 at 60.1 staff per 100,000 people, far above the national rate of 45.3 per 100,000 people. This represents a 19% increase over the last 10 years.

This demonstrates the ACT’s commitment to a community model of mental health services with a focus on prevention and continuity of care. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s publication, Mental health services Australia—community mental health care 2015–16 shows that the ACT had by far the highest rate per 1,000 population of community mental health care service contacts.

Light rail—infrastructure damage

Mr Barr (in reply to a question by Miss C Burch on Tuesday, 20 February 2018):

Under the Public Private Partnership contract for the delivery of the project all costs for rectification of any damage to the utility or public infrastructure for the construction of the light rail are borne by the contractor.

Government—ex gratia payments

Mr Barr (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Coe on Tuesday, 20 February 2018):

Under Section 130 of the Financial Management Act 1996, if the Treasurer considers it appropriate to do so because of special circumstances, the Treasurer may authorise the payment by a directorate or territory authority of an amount to a person although the payment of that amount would not otherwise be authorised by law or required to meet a legal liability.

The number of Act of Grace payments approved in each financial year are published in the notes to the Territory’s annual consolidated financial statements.

The Government does not release details of individual recipients for privacy reasons.

Please note that on the 2 August 2017, the Act of Grace payments assessment framework was tabled in the Legislative Assembly for the ACT. This document has been attached for reference. (A copy of the attachment is available at the Chamber Support Office).

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