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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 11 Hansard (17 September) . . Page.. 4267..


(3) Clause 11 of the Public Rental Housing Assistance Program 2008 defines income for the purposes of assessing eligibility for public housing. The Operation Guideline may be accessed at www.legislation.act.gov.au

(4) These payments are taken into account where they fall into the definition of Clause 11 of the Public Rental Housing Assistance Program. Lump sum workers compensation payments and Victims of Crime payments, are taken into account only where there is a component for income lost or foregone.

Housing ACT is required to take these payments into account to comply with the definition of income. The definition of income includes a power for the Commissioner for Social Housing to exempt different forms of income. This is done by Determination which is notified on the ACT Legislation Register.

(5) The information is at the Department website www.dhcs.act.gov.au

(6) Tenants are able to operate a business if it is appropriate for the area in which they reside. Housing ACT requires written notice of a tenant's intention to operate a business. All ACT residents seeking to operate a business from a residential address must seek approval from the ACT Planning & Land Authority under Planning and Development Regulation 2008.

Children—Vardon report

(Question No 261)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Children and Young People, upon notice, on 18 August 2009:

(1) Which of the recommendations that the Government committed to implement from the Vardon Report (The Territory as Parent) and the Murray-Mackie Study have been implemented.

(2) What has been learned as a result.

(3) Which recommendations remain to be implemented.

(4) Why have they not yet been implemented.

(5) When will they be implemented.

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

I refer the member to the response to Estimates Committee Question on Notice E09-406 and to the six-monthly Status Reports lodged with the ACT Legislative Assembly in February 2005, August 2005 and February 2006. Of the 47 recommendations made in the Vardon Report, to date, 42 have been completed and 5 are underway.

With reference to the Murray Mackie Study, the Progress Report tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly in April 2008 identified that 50 recommendations were completed and 5 recommendations remain as ongoing processes. Since this time, the remaining recommendations have been completed or partially completed.


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