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Wednesday, 8 May 1985
Page: 1594

(Question No. 143)


Senator Reid asked the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Public Service Matters, upon notice, on 26 March 1985:

(1) How much money was allocated in 1984-85 for technical equipment for disabled Commonwealth employees.

(2) What moneys have been spent to date in 1984-85 for technical equipment for disabled Commonwealth employees.

(3) What types of disability amongst public servants have been assisted by the availability of technical equipment in 1984-85.


Senator Walsh —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) In 1984-85 $30,000 was allocated to the Public Service Board to purchase technical aids for Public Service Act staff with disabilities, to be provided under the Technical Equipment for Disabled Commonwealth Employees Program (TEDCEP), (formerly known as the Aids for Disabled Commonwealth Employees Program and initiated with a grant of $60,000 in 1983-84).

(2) $29,552 (which included freight costs) has already been expended, allowing a small amount for contingencies still to come, such as repairs to items on loan, and relevant freight costs.

(3) Technical equipment purchased this financial year under TEDCEP has permitted public servants with the following types of disability to be assisted to some extent:

nine people with hearing impairments have been provided with items to the value of $8,315;

nine people with visual impairments have been provided with equipment worth $20,134;

one person with haemophilic arthritis have been lent equipment valued at $515; and

one person with upper limb deformity has been lent equipment valued at $354.