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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 6 Hansard (11 May) . . Page.. 2217..


Housing ACT properties in specific suburbs. The policy position is now supported by amendments to the Housing Assistance Act 2007 Part 5 (sections 28 and 29) which exempts the locations of housing properties when requested under the FOI Act. A breakdown of Housing ACT properties by dwelling type and region is at Attachment A.

(3) Please refer to Attachment A.

(A copy of the attachment is available at the Chamber Support Office).

Chief Minister's Department—staff

(Question No 143)

Ms Hunter asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 31 March 2009:

(1) In relation to the transfer of community engagement functions from the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services into the Chief Minister's Department (CMD), how many staff will be employed in community engagement in the CMD.

(2) What is the total annual cost of the community engagement function in the CMD.

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

(1) In November 2008, community engagement functions were transferred from DHCS to CMD Communications and Engagement Unit. In February 2009, one position and related funding was transferred from DHCS to undertake specific community engagement activities. In the Communications and Engagement Unit, three senior officers (SOG A, SOG B and SOG C) spend a proportion of their time on the development and implementation of community engagement initiatives. In total, the staffing allocation to community engagement functions is 1.6 FTE.

(2) The total annual cost of the community engagement function in CMD is $225,492, comprising:

- $195, 492 salary costs (based on the proportion of officers' time spent on community engagement activities); and

- $30,000 recurrent funding for Community Council Grants.

Students—transfer requests

(Question No 144)

Ms Hunter asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 31 March 2009:

(1) How many students applied for transfer between colleges in the (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009 school years.

(2) How many students' requests for transfer were refused in each of the years listed in part (1).

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


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