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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 3 Hansard (26 February) . . Page.. 754..


Health, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee (Seventh Assembly)

Report 8—government response

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Housing, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for Ageing) (4.05): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Health, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee (Seventh Assembly)—Report 8—The Provision of Social Housing in the ACT—Government response, dated February 2013.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Today it is my pleasure to table the ACT government response to the Standing Committee on Health, Community and Social Services report The provision of social housing in the ACT. I would like to commend the standing committee for its consideration of complex issues and its recommendations to improve social housing in the ACT. I thank members of the committee for their hard work.

The ACT government input into the inquiry was provided through hearings with the then Minister for Community Services, Ms Joy Burch, and two submissions. Public hearings were also held with representatives from the Community Services Directorate. The ACT Human Rights Commission provided a submission to the inquiry and public hearings were held with officials. Twenty community submissions were made to the inquiry and 18 people attended public hearings. The standing committee produced report 8, The provision of social housing in the ACT, which was tabled in the Assembly on 23 August 2012. The usual convention requires the government's response to be tabled in 90 days; however, due to caretaker conventions and the election, the tabling of the government's response has been delayed.

The report contains 28 recommendations. This ACT government response deals with the standing committee's recommendations.

The government welcomes the standing committee's report and agrees to 16 of the standing committee's 28 recommendations. The 16 recommendations which have been agreed to broadly align with the key themes of the committee's findings which relate to the need for Housing ACT to continue to focus on improving its human service provisions and communications with its clients.

The government has disagreed with four of the report's recommendations in the following areas: the public housing asset management strategy, two recommendations relating to the point at which collection of client information occurs, and the assessment of priority housing and operations of the multidisciplinary panel.

The government disagreed with recommendation 27 that the public housing asset management strategy 2012-17 be considered as an interim document. The government


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