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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 23 August 2018) . . Page.. 3541 ..

We remain focused on increasing the amount of funding available for community organisations both through our budget allocations annually and through these new measures. That is our objective: to increase the amount of funding available, and we look forward to that outcome as a result of our reforms. Our approach stands in marked contrast to the stripping away of funds from community organisations, which the Liberal Party has sponsored at the federal level.

ACT Health—proposed organisational changes

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. I refer to the ministerial statement of earlier this week, on 21 August, on health accreditation and the restructure of ACT Health.

Member interjecting—

MRS DUNNE: The minister would be disappointed if I did not ask her a question. You stated:

The formation of two organisations means that some of the existing functions within ACT Health will either move or be restructured, while others will be required in both organisations.

Which of the existing functions within ACT Health will move and which of the existing functions will be restructured?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mrs Dunne for the question and can assure her I would not be disappointed if she did not ask me a question.

As I indicated in my statement, there is a transition unit. It is undergoing quite an extensive piece of work. And, as my statement indicated, those decisions are yet to be finalised and must, of course, involve careful consideration of staff. It is clear that there are some broadly called corporate functions where there will need to be those functions existing both within ACT Health and within the clinical service organisation.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, can you inform the Assembly when these decisions will finally be made? Will they be made before 1 October and the commencement of the dual structure or will you still be playing catch-up after 1 October?

MS FITZHARRIS: As I have indicated all along, as I indicated in my statement and as I will say again here today, the two organisations will be formed on 1 October and, therefore, those decisions will be taken prior to that.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, why is it that you still cannot give a definitive answer about the restructure of ACT Health five weeks before it is due to start?

MS FITZHARRIS: That work is well underway, as I outlined in my statement earlier in the week, and I very much look forward to making further announcements about that between now and 1 October.

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