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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 6 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2818..


Disabled New Apprentice Wage Support:

$114.73 per week, or pro-rata, is paid as an alternative to standard incentives payments made to other employers;

Assistance for Tutorial, Interpreter and Mentor Services

Up to $5,500 a year is available to Registered Training Organisations for assistance to disabled new apprentices assessed as being eligible for Disabled New Apprentice Wage Support; and

Workplace Modifications

Assistance of up to $5,000 is available to employers for leasing or purchasing essential equipment, or modifying workplaces, to accommodate an eligible new apprentice with a disability.

Assistance is also available to existing workers that have been in the workplace for more than 3 months before commencing their new apprenticeship, and are eligible to attract a Commonwealth incentive.

Housing-properties

(Question No 1538)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 13 May 2004:

(1) How many properties are currently under the control of Community Housing;

(2) How many properties were purchased for Community Housing in (a) 2001﷓2002, (b) 2002-2003 and (c) 2003-2004 to date;

(3) In which suburbs are these properties located;

(4) What was the total cost of purchase or construction of these properties;

(5) How many properties have been purchased from Housing A.C.T. during (a) 2001-2002, (b) 2002-2003 and (c) 2003-2004 to date;

(6) What was the cost each financial year of the purchase of these properties;

(7) Has the Minister explored alternative funding or financing models with regard to community housing; if so, what are these alternative models.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) There currently are 459 properties under community housing management in the ACT.

(2) The Government has not purchased properties directly for community housing organisations. In 2001-2002, there was no funding allocation for community housing and there were no properties purchased for community housing. In 2002-2003 and 2003-2004, the Government allocated annual capital funding of $3 million for community housing. Through an expression of interest process, this funding has been allocated to community housing organisations for approved projects, which have involved either the purchase or construction of properties.


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