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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 15 Hansard (15 December) . . Page.. 4988..

(1) A consultant's report, Consultation on an external appeals system for community housing in the ACT, was provided to the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services in 2004. The outcome was 'unanimous agreement that any appeals process needs both a process internal to individual organisations, and an opportunity for applicants and tenants to seek an external hearing where an internal process fails to yield satisfaction'.

(2) A forum was held recently with tenants, CARE Financial Counselling Service, Welfare Rights and Legal Centre, Tenant's Union, ACTCOSS and other Community representatives discussing this issue. It is anticipated that a position on the matter will be discussed at the Housing Summit.

YWCA-community programs

(Question No 753)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 15 November 2005:

(1) How has the Bega, Allawah, Currong (BAC) Program, run in conjunction with the YWCA, progressed since its conception;

(2) What recommendations have arisen from any recent review and evaluation of the program;

(3) At what point in 2006 will the recommendations be delivered to improve upon the BAC Program.

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

(1) The YWCA's Bega, Allawah, Currong (BAC) Program is a community development program and as such, responds to the needs of residents over time, including the addition of an IT component which offers free computer use to residents.

(2) The Community Linkages Program was reviewed in October 2004. There were no specific recommendations in relation to the BAC Program.

(3) See above.

Housing-tenant assistance

(Question No 754)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 15 November 2005:

(1) How does Housing ACT identify any existing information on public housing tenants to identify them as work ready and to assist them to access information and referral services to improve employment prospects;

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