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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 6 Hansard (8 June) . . Page.. 2071..

committed by Housing ACT (a) staff, (b) maintenance contractors and (c) tenants during 2005-06.

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

(1) (a) The Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services has a risk management plan which identifies possible fraud risks and how such risks should be managed and treated. Any allegations of fraud relating to Housing ACT staff are referred to the Department's Audit and Review unit who undertake the requisite investigations. This includes any matters raised under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1994 and these issues are subsequently reported in the Department's Annual Report.

(b) Management of the maintenance contract with the Total Facility Manager (TFM) is monitored in the context of the Department's risk management plan as set out above. Housing ACT also maintains a quality assurance process of the TFM contract including random audits. As part of its contractual obligations the TFM also maintains a quality assurance and fraud prevention framework to control fraud associated with the delivery of the maintenance services. This includes staff and subcontractor screening and regular audits of work quality, timeliness and administration.

(c) In relation to tenants, Housing ACT pursues fraud issues within the legislative framework under which it operates.

Housing ACT-performance audit

(Question No 1101)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Housing, upon notice, on 9 May 2006:

(1) In relation to action initiated by your Department on 17 of the 27 recommendations made in the Auditor-General's Performance Audit Report (Public Housing), which recommendations have you actioned;

(2) When will Housing ACT be adopting the remaining ten recommendations.

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

(1) Housing and Community Services has initiated action on recommendations 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26, and 27.

(2) Implementation plans are being developed for the remaining recommendations that have been agreed by the Department. These plans will specify the timeframes for implementation of each recommendation. Some recommendations involve more work and changes to policy and/or process but it is expected that most recommendations will be substantially implemented by the end of the calendar year.

Housing ACT-allocations

(Question No 1102)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Housing, upon notice, on 9 May 2006:

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