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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 3 Hansard (18 March) . . Page.. 1176..

(2) The Government has made no assessment about the level of competition between child care centres in the ACT. Issues of competition within the child care market are matters for individual service providers.

(3) The ACT Government does not have a policy on competition in the child care industry. Issues of competition within the child care market are matters for individual service providers.

(4) No definitive information about shortages and surpluses of long day care places is available.

(5) The ACT Government does not hold specific data on the level of all child care fees across Canberra, however I am advised by the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services that there are no consistent patterns to fee levels set by services across different areas of Canberra. Information is available on fees on the website.

(6) An increase was observed in Canberra for the Childcare component of the ABS Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the December quarter 2009. The Childcare component of the CPI reports differences in out of pocket expenses for consumers of childcare services in the ACT. The key drivers relate to childcare subsidies provided by the federal government as well as the amount charged by childcare providers. With regard to the question of how this compares with other states, the CPI is measured over capital cities only, information on state by state comparisons is not available. The average quarterly increase for Canberra from September 2008 to present was -2.6% (A decrease of 2.6% in out of pocket expenses). This result was identical to the Australian average.

(7) The ACT Government does not hold statistics on the number of child care places in the ACT used by residents of NSW.

Land—rent scheme sales

(Question No 534)

Mr Seselja asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 10 February 2010 (redirected to the Minister for Land and Property Services):

(1) How many blocks have been sold under the land rent scheme in 2009.

(2) How many of the block referred to in part (1) have been sold to (a) builders and (b) non-builders.

(3) How many blocks are leased under the (a) discount rate of two per cent and (b) standard rate of four per cent of the unimproved value of the block.

(4) What is the total value of blocks sold under the land rent scheme as at 31 December 2009.

(5) What is the total revenue the ACT Government has received from rent on blocks sold under the land rent scheme to date.

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