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4 NT NEWS. Wednesday, June 20, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 0 -J U N -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 4 C O L O R : C M Y K I had a look around and NAC was the best. Best Quality, Best Product and Best Value. Jim Buckley II hahadd aa lolookok a arorounundd anandd NANACC wawass ththee bebestst. Best Quality Best Product PHONE 8931 1660 www.nacptyltd.com.au 13 Mander Rd, Pinelands 1 0 6 3 5 6 8 NOTIFICATION OF SCHEME (Professional Standards Act 2003 (Vic)) Notification is hereby given pursuant to Section 9 of the Professional Standards Act 2003 (Vic) of a scheme prepared by the Association of Taxation and Management Accountants (ATMA) of Suite 513/566 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, Victoria 3004. The scheme: 1. Applies to all members of ATMA (participants), except financial services licensees, who hold a current Public Practice Certificate issued by ATMA unless exempted by ATMA. 2. Limits the occupational liability of participants to $1,000,000. 3. Provides that ATMA, on application by a participant, may approve in relation to that participant, a higher maximum amount of liability up to a maximum of $100,000,000 in relation to that participant either in all cases or in any specified case or class of case. 4. Requires the participants to have insurance for occupational liability of an amount not less than the amount of their limited liability. 5. Is intended to operate in Victoria, the ACT, New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. The scheme is intended to commence on 1 January 2013 but may commence on a day 2 months or more after the date of the gazettal of the scheme after the said date when approved. The scheme may remain in force for a period of up to 5 years from commencement. A copy of the scheme may be obtained from or inspected at the office or website of the Professional Standards Councils. Before approving the scheme, the Council hereby invites comments and submissions to be made in writing to be received by the Executive Officer, Office of the Professional Standards Councils within 28 days after the publication of this notice. The Office of the Professional Standards Councils is located at: Level 2, Parramatta Justice Offices, 160 Marsden St, PARRAMATTA NSW 2150; Locked Bag 5111, PARRAMATTA NSW 2124; Website: http://www.psc.gov.au Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 1300 555 772 / 02 8688 8060 Fax: 02 8688 9675. Comments and submissions received will be public unless confidentiality is specifically requested, and will be subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic). Professional Standards Council 7 8 9 5 2 8 NEWS l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au Child cases improve fast By ALYSSA BETTS DISASTROUS child protection caseloads have had a dramatic turnaround in less than three months. Caseloads across the NT, at the end of March, had plumbed a new desperate level the worst being the Barkly office, with one staffer and 112 cases. The remaining six offices around the NT were well above their recommended limits, too. But, as of yesterday, Barkly had three staff and an average of 52 cases a big reduction but still four to seven times higher than department guidelines. All other offices improved too, with Alice, East Arnhem and Darwin Remote halving their March averages. The stats were revealed in an Estimates hearing in Darwin yesterday. CLP child protection spokeswoman Robyn Lambley said the turnaround was almost beyond the realms of what is plausible. Department boss Clare Gardiner-Barnes attributed it to increased staffing in the past six months. (It) has resulted in an enormous reduction in caseloads, she said. But clear figures were not available yesterday on just how many frontline child protection workers the department now had. Ms Lambley expressed doubts about accepting department stats at face value. She pointed to past Ombudsman and inquiry revelations that over-stressed staff used a number of risky short-cuts in a desperate bid to reduce unmanageable workloads. If the caseloads have dropped either youve got more staff or cases have been closed quite rapidly is it a combination of both? Ms Lambley said. Ms Gardiner-Barnes denied a drastic closing of cases. She said part of their recruitment success was from using for the first time agencies to find more frontline staff. Ms Lambley said it raised questions about why that approach hadnt been used earlier. A girls version of the boys Clontarf Academy was launched yesterday. The GEMS Girls Engagement Mentoring and Support Academy aims to get girls back to school and keep them there. It has already started at Sanderson, Dripstone and Nightcliff middle schools as well as at Casuarina Senior College, with plans to roll it out across the NT. The GEMS program is an excellent way to get kids at school and keep them interested, Chief Minister Paul Henderson said. We are seeing fantastic results with average attendance at 80 per cent and above. Above: Page Straughair, Leonee Hunt, Kamika Pollard, Noeliesha Young, Vanessa White and Mikayla Bain Buckle at yesterdays launch Picture: JUSTIN SANSON Discussion gagged PARLIAMENTARY hearings hit a brick wall yesterday when the Territorys child protection boss was slapped with a confidentiality gag. CLP politician John Elferink had foreshadowed asking questions about two cases of allegedly inaccurate statistics, on remote health and child protection, that were submitted for Commonwealth funding. Health Minister Kon Vatskalis who also holds the child protection portfolio responded by saying he had no knowledge of the cases. But later, when Mr Elferink broached the subject with De partment of Children and Families boss Clare GardinerBarnes, the discussion was cut dead. I have been issued with a confidentiality notice in relation to this matter and any further statement I make needs to be made in camera (a closed hearing), she said. She said the notice had come from the Commissioner of Public Disclosure. Mr Elferink said hed never heard of such a notice being issued and was disappointed the two cases were not likely to be resolved before the NT election in August. Detention centres stress for ambos THERE were more than 300 ambulance call-outs for detention centres in Darwin from last July until May this year. Health Minister Kon Vatskalis told Estimates yesterday there were 319 callouts in that period to go to both the centres at Wickham Point and the Airport Lodge. He said the Government had argued with the Commonwealth about the significant stress it was putting on the system, and subsequent changes had improved the situation. They established a vehicle to transport (people) to the hospital for nonurgent cases, he said. That has seen a significant drop in the number of cases. Tales from The Wedding Cake TIME FOR CHANGE PREMONITION or just being prepared? The well-paid contract staff in the Chief Ministers Department are being offered the chance to attend maintaining personal resilience through change workshops. The workshop will run on Tuesday, 21 August ... four days before the Territory election. TRISHATEAMPLAYER MARKS for trying must go to Senator Trish Crossin on ABC radio yesterday. After struggling to convincingly argue why it wasnt true the word Labor was missing on campaign pos ters, she then asserted Opposition Leader Terry Millss seat would be one to watch for Labor. Ahem, sorry, the Henderson Team. NOBAGGINGTREVOR HOW can you tell a new government law is effective? Environment Department boss Jim Grant has a novel way of measuring the success of the plastic bag ban Trevor Jenkins, rubbish warrior. He told Estimates last night he couldnt see many plastic bags gracing the warriors eyecatching roadside rubbish sculptures these days. HOLE LOTOFNOTHING FOR anyone wondering whats happening with the half-a-hole on Darwins McMinn St that was announced in 2010 as a WWII bomb crater ... it is still being considered. Environment Minister Karl Hampton paraded the modest dent to media in 2010, saying it would be promoted as a tourist drawcard. But nothing much has happened since. Mr Hampton last night said Heritage would soon make recommendations to him on whether it should be declared a heritage site. Taxi drivers told to use common sense THE taxi industry says it will give its support to police and the Government in trying to deal with problem drinking. The Taxi Council of the NT executive officer Col Newman said he met with Police Commissioner John McRoberts and representatives from Liquor Licensing Commission and the Department of Transport yesterday. Drivers were concerned they would be in trouble if they drove people with alcohol to the entrances of proscribed areas. And if they refused to take longgrassers on grog runs that resulted in passengers being dropped within 2km of a grog shop. But Mr McRoberts said it would come down to common sense. New safeguards for prison health care THE NT Government is taking back control of health care in prisons. It follows a call by coroner Greg Cavanagh back in January for a review into nurses working at Darwins Berrimah prison after an inmate died suddenly of a heart attack. Joanne Michel, health services manager at the prison, told a coronial inquest there had only been one nurse on duty when a young father died on a day she described as a disaster. The Health Department will take over from outsourced contractor International SOS on October 1. Health Minister Kon Vatskalis said the coroner had made recommendations, which had been adopted.
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