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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 15 Hansard (15 December) . . Page.. 4997..


(1) How has Housing ACT better matched dwelling size to household size when allocating properties to new applicants or tenants transferring to more suitable properties that best meet their needs;

(2) What information has been collected from monitoring specific housing needs of Housing ACT clientele in relation to effectively allocating a property that matches household size.

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

(1) The current Allocations policy was introduced in November 2000 and there has been no substantive change to the policy since then. The Allocations policy is based on household size and takes into consideration any specific or special requirements where necessary. Housing ACT is working to develop a process to facilitate the mutual exchange of properties between tenants;

(2) Current Allocation policy is based on household size and special needs. This information is obtained from applications for assistance. Housing ACT regularly analyses the applicants list trends to ensure property purchases align with applicants documented requirements.

Housing-tenant agreements

(Question No 767)

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

(1) How many tenants at risk of breaching their tenancy agreements for (a) rental arrears and (b) property damage, have received some form of support from Housing ACT in 2005;

(2) What were the number and type of support mechanisms implemented;

(3) Did Housing ACT see a reduction in the number of tenants in breach of their tenancy agreement, of any form, during 2005 compared with 2004;

(4) Did Housing ACT see a reduction in the number of evictions during 2005 compared with 2004.

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

(1) Housing ACT policy is to provide appropriate support to all tenants.

(2) Housing ACT supplies and/or brokers a wide range of support activities as appropriate to each situation. Included are interventions from Housing Managers, Client Support Coordinators and the full range of government and non-government service providers.

(3) A comparison between the 2003-04 and 2004-05 financial years show a reduction of tenants in breach of their tenancy agreement.

(4) A comparison between the 2003-04 and 2004-05 financial years show a reduction in the number of evictions.


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