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Notice given 4 March 2002

156  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Ageing—With reference to Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACAT), can the following details be provided (in a breakdown by state and territory) for the 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-2000 financial years:

(1) How many ACAT assessments were carried out.

(2) How many individuals were assessed.

(3) What was the average number of assessments for those assessed.

(4) How many ACAT assessments resulted in an assessment that the person required residential high care.

(5) How many ACAT assessments resulted in an assessment that the person required residential low care.

(6) How many ACAT assessments resulted in an assessment that the person required community care in the form of a community aged care package.

(7) How many ACAT assessments resulted in an assessment that the person did not require one of the above forms of care.

(8) How many ACAT assessments took place (identify separately) while the person assessed was in hospital, at home, in a hostel or other location.

157  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—With reference to the answer to question 123 at the Senate additional estimates hearings of February 2001, can the department provide a full list of the departmental committees and advisory bodies on research education and training on which Dr Jack Best sits, and the remuneration and expenses that has gone to Dr Best from each appointment.

158  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Ageing—

(1) How many serious risk reports under the Aged Care Act were submitted to the Secretary of the department by the Standards and Accreditation Agency (separately indicating the total for each state by month, from July 1999).

(2) Did any of these serious risk reports arise other than from a review audit report; if so: (a) how many; and (b) under what circumstances.

(3) With reference to the Accreditation Grant Principles (3.21) which lists the reasons why a review audit may be carried out after 1 January 2001: How many review audits have been carried out to date (indicating how many were carried out for each of the reasons outlined in 3.21).

159  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Ageing—Can the following information be provided on the impact of the Government’s policy of funding equalisation in relation to nursing home care subsidies:

For each state and territory, and for levels 1 to 4 in the Resident Classification Scale (RCS), can the Government indicate what the daily subsidy would be for residents in the 2002-03 financial year through to the 2006-07 financial year, assuming an annual indexation of 1.5 per cent, 2 per cent and 2.5 per cent.

(For example, assuming an indexation of 1.5 per cent provide a table showing daily care subsidy in each state and territory for RCS levels 1 through to 4. Similar tables would set out the subsidies assuming an indexation of 2 per cent and 2.5 per cent. These are to be based on the current daily subsidies for the 2001-02 financial year.)

160  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Ageing—With reference to the employment of external quality assessors for the accreditation of residential aged care facilities:

(1) In each state and territory how many people accessed the training necessary to become a quality assessor.

(2) What is the average cost of these courses.

(3) In each state and territory how many people are registered with the Quality Society of Australasia as aged care quality assessors.

(4) What is the cost of registering with the society.

(5) In each state and territory how many quality assessors have not participated in one or more accreditation audits.

(6) In each state and territory how many quality assessors have only participated in one accreditation audit.

(7) What is the average amount paid to an external quality assessor for participating in an accreditation audit.

161  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Special Minister of State—

(1) Since March 1996, by financial year, what was the cost of air charters used by the Minister for Transport and Regional Services or his office.

(2) (a) In each financial year, on how many occasions did the Minister for Transport and Regional Services or his office charter aircraft; and (b) in each case, what was the name of the charter company that provided the service.

162  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Special Minister of State—Since March 1996, by financial year, what was the cost of air charters provided by Vee H Aviation, or associated companies, to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services or his office.

163  Senator Allison: To ask the Special Minister of State—

(1) What precisely are the arrangements that apply to Comcar drivers who volunteer to undertake assignments for senators or members which take longer than a regular or split shift.

(2) Are all the hours worked beyond regular or split shifts accumulated for the quarter.

(3) What are the circumstances under which a driver would get a credit for hours worked beyond the 546 hours on which certified agreements are based.

(4) In what circumstances is the credit for hours worked paid out in overtime.

(5) What are the other options for credited hours.

(6) What meal allowances are Comcar drivers entitled to for shifts that are longer than a regular or split shift.

(7) Is it the case that Comcar drivers are issued with charge cards for only one petrol company; if so, why.

164  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—Has the Victorian State Government submitted its management plan for relocating grey headed flying foxes from the Melbourne Botanic Gardens to an alternative site; if so, can a copy of the plan be provided.

165  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Ageing—

(1) Is air conditioning considered a requirement under the categories of ‘resident lifestyle’ or ‘physical environment’ for accreditation of aged care facilities, particularly in Queensland with its extremes of temperature.

(2) Is the Minister aware that Ashworth House, a high care facility in Brisbane, uses wet towels around residents’ necks and cold showers to try to cool them down because promised air conditioning has not been provided.