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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 3 Hansard (10 March) . . Page.. 954..


Housing ACT does not have a specific policy regarding approval/non-approval of additional occupants of Housing ACT properties. There is no provision in either the Residential Tenancies Act or the Housing Assistance Act that would allow Housing ACT to prevent households including whatever members it chooses.

Housing ACT does require the identification of additional household members for the purposes of calculating the amount of rental rebate entitlement for rebated households.

Housing-flat complexes

(Question No 146)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 16 February 2005:

(1) Further to the response to question on notice No 35, to how many flat complexes across Canberra is the Community Guardian service provided;

(2) In working with the AFP Crime Partnership Group within Housing complexes has this working relationship resulted in any (a) warnings, (b) evictions or (c) charges being laid against housing tenants or members of the public causing havoc at complexes;

(3) What has the work with the AFP Crime Partnership Group achieved in terms of improving security and safety in public housing complexes.

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

(1) The Community Guardian service is based at the Allawah, Bega/Currong Precinct, and also provides services at other public housing complexes along Ainslie Avenue.

(2) The AFP Partnership Crime Group has worked constructively to assist the work of police operations especially those under Operation Halite. Such police operations have led to charges being laid against residents and also visitors to the complexes, as well as general increases in resident awareness of safety measures and feelings of security due to increased police presence (which may have included police activities such as warnings, issuing of traffic infringement notices or simple cannabis offence notices) and the dissemination of crime prevention materials. It is not, however, possible to directly equate the work of the group with exact numbers of warnings, eviction or charges laid against housing tenants or people causing havoc at housing complexes, as a diverse range of information sources is used in addition to communication with the Group to determine the scope and types of police activity involving housing complexes.

(3) Operations initiated by the Partnership Crime Group and follow up crime prevention/ community policing activities have been positively received by tenants and private neighbours

Housing-private agreements

(Question No 147)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 16 February 2005:


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