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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 1 Hansard (15 February) . .

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(2) What targets does this agreement apply in regards to contracts awarded to local entities.

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

(1) The Canberra Metro Consortium has a contractual obligation to recognise the ACT Government's requirements for local industry participation.

(2) In accordance with its contractual obligations, Canberra Metro has prepared its Local Industry Participation Plan (LIPP), which contains the commitment to a percentage of locally resourced products and services during delivery phase of 50%.

Energy—concessions (Question No 839)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 1 December 2017:

(1) Given that from 1 July 2017 the energy and utility concession and the water and sewerage rebate were combined into a single Utilities Concession at a maximum rebate of $604 per household and prior to this renters received up to $426 and home owners $850, how many renters are able to access the concession.

(2) What was the additional cost to government per year of the changes in concession.

(3) Is the Treasurer able to say what would the cost to government have been for providing renters with the same total level of concessions that home owners received.

(4) Given that rates rebates used to be 50 percent of rates for eligible home owners and is now capped at $700 per annum except for pre-existing eligible homeowners where the rebate has been rebate capped at the 2015-16 level if it exceeded $700 in that year, what would the total cost to government have been if the 50 percent rates rebate was continued for eligible home owners.

(5) How many homeowners receive the 50 percent rebate.

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

(1) Data specific to renters is not available for the new scheme as this is not collected.

However, while eligible home owners had access to the former water and sewerage rebate, there were around 18,900 energy and utility concession recipients, out of a total of 33,400, who did not receive the water and sewerage rebate in 2016-17 prior to these changes. The numbers used are approximate as these can change monthly.

This included a combination of renters, unit owners, and any other cases where a person who was eligible for the energy and utility concession did not have a water and sewerage account in their name or was not listed on the title of the property as owner or part owner.

There is no equivalent data for 2017-18.

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