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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 1 Hansard (17 February) . . Page.. 386..


1(b) Seven contractors with multiple staff and equipment were engaged by TAMS between June 2009 and June 2010.

1 (c) Eight contractors with multiple staff and equipment have been engaged by TAMS since July 2010 and are carrying out extra mowing work compared to previous two years. Additionally, eight contracted labour hire staff and three extra hired mowers have been engaged in the latter part of 2010, as well as TAMS staff working overtime to assist with the mowing program.

2(a) Contracts have either one year's duration with extension options or three year's duration with extension options.

2(b) This information is Commercial in Confidence as the work is allocated on a price per mow for each job lot. It is not a lump sum price per contract.

2(c) This information is Commercial in Confidence as the work is allocated on a price per mow for each job lot. It is not a lump sum price per contract.

3. $2,189.00

Housing—rental (Question No 1304)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 9 December 2010:

(1) What is the total amount of rental arrears outstanding from all social housing tenancies.

(2) What is being done to minimise the amount of rental arrears owed to Housing ACT.

(3) What is the expected timeframe for recovery of current rental arrears.

(4) How much of the total rental arrears is expected to result in bad debt write-off.

(5) What is the total amount of bad debt write-off for (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010 to date.

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

(1) As at 13 December 2010 the total debt from all social housing tenancies is $1,333,001. 13% of this is attributed to Havelock Housing Association ($173,476) and a further 9% is attributed to other community housing providers and disability housing ($119,764). Housing ACT has collected in excess of 99% of all rent charged for a number of years.

(2) Housing ACT has an accountability indicator target that 90% of tenants in arrears of $500 or more to be on a repayment agreement. In the last Housing ACT report to the Legislative Assembly in September 2010 88% of tenants were on repayment agreements.

(3) The recovery of arrears is achieved as quickly as possible. Tenants are generally required to contribute a maximum of 30% of income towards rent and arrears.


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