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Notice given 26 September 2002

700  Senator Crossin: To ask the Minister for Family and Community Services—

(1) How many children are currently on the national waiting list for the child care Special Needs Subsidy Scheme.

(2) Where do these children live, by state and territory, and by local government area.

(3) (a) How long are children going to wait on this waiting list; and (b) is the length of time on the waiting list different in each state and territory.

(4) What is the range of special needs or disabilities these children have (can the information be broken down by category).

(5) (a) What are the details of the application process; and (b) what information is provided to parents and services regarding the new waiting list scheme.