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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 12 Hansard (28 October) . . Page.. 5356..

Furthermore, the ACT Government is currently funding a whole-of-government project aimed at improving the quality, availability and utility of data regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the ACT. Such information improvements will enable better monitoring of trends over time and the effectiveness of implemented policies, services and programs assisting the development of evidence-based policies.

(3) As part of its ongoing role in undertaking community consultation, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body seeks the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT in order to identify barriers to accessing mainstream and specific services. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body advises the ACT Government on this aspect of the proposed research contained in the report.

(4) The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs in the Department of Disability Housing and Community Services is responsible for whole-of-government policy development on issues of relevance to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in the ACT.

Finance—departmental loans (Question No 1109, 1125, 1126 and 1127)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for Women, the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, the Minister for Ageing and the Minister for Multicultural Affairs upon notice, on 26 August 2010:

(1) In relation to each department or agency within the Ministers portfolio area, what loans were outstanding as at 30 June 2010.

(2) When was each loan entered into.

(3) What is the interest rate and maturity date of each loan.

(4) Who has provided each loan, and how was each loan acquired.

Ms Burch: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) As at 30 June 2010 Housing ACT had Commonwealth loans totalling $96.258 million. The Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services has no other outstanding loans.

(2) The loans were entered into in 1989. Prior to self-government, the ACT was not a signatory to the Commonwealth State Housing Agreement and therefore did not receive loan funding to finance is public housing operations or home lending operations. However, when the ACT signed the Commonwealth State Housing Agreement, it was attributed a loan portfolio based upon the Commonwealth loans to the other jurisdictions.

(3) The interest rate is 4.5% p.a. The loans have a range of expiry dates with the last loan due to expire in 2042.

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