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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 6 Hansard (8 June) . . Page.. 2043..


Housing ACT-crisis protocols

(Question No 1048)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Housing, upon notice, on 2 May 2006:

(1) Further to the response to question on notice No 1009, how many Client Support Coordinators are currently employed to assist Housing ACT to initiate and negotiate referral of Housing ACT tenants to advocacy and support organisations in the ACT;

(2) What forms of data collection does Housing ACT maintain in relation to referrals of tenants to advocacy and support organisations;

(3) How many tenants were referred by (a) Client Support Coordinators and (b) Housing Managers to advocacy and support organisations in (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05 and (iii) 2005-06.

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

(1) Five

(2) Housing ACT keeps appropriate records of advice and support provided to tenants on citizen files where applicable and in the Homenet client information system.

(3) The information sought is not in an easily retrievable form. To collect and assemble the information sought solely for the purpose of answering the question would be a major task, requiring a considerable diversion of resources. In this instance, I do not believe that it would be appropriate to divert resources from the provision of direct services to clients, for the purposes of answering the Member's question.

Housing ACT-tenant participation programs

(Question No 1049)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Housing, upon notice, on 2 May 2006:

(1) Further to the response to question on notice No 1012, how much of the $80 000 allocated as funds for tenant involvement in agreed consultative activities in 2005-06 has been provided to individuals or community organisations via an appropriate expression of interest (EOI) process;

(2) When did the EOI process commence and is it still ongoing or has it concluded;

(3) Which individuals and community organisations have received small grants under $5 000.

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

(1) $90,000 was allocated for tenant participation activities. All expenditure to date has been for amounts of $5000 or under and has complied with the ACT Government procurement requirement for one written quote for expenditure of $5000 or under. All expenditure has also been in accordance with the work plan agreed by the Joint Champions Group. It has not been necessary to use the EOI process to date, but it will be used where the activity in the work plan requires it.


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