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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 2251 ..


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

(1) (a) 10 (b) 38 (c) 6 (d) 2 (e) 9 (f) 4

(2) The peppercorn agreements are held across various agencies. From 2011 through to 2018 the number of peppercorn lease arrangements in place has ranged from approximately 90 to 110. The current count for 2017-18 is 106.

Government—commercial lessees (Question No 1090)

Mr Coe asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 23 March 2018:

(1) Do Ministers need to approve peppercorn rent agreements entered into by the Territory; if so, can the Treasurer advise (a) which Minister is responsible, (b) the process, (c) how many times this occurred for each of the last five financial years and (d) whether there are any reporting requirements, and where this information is published; if not, why not.

(2) What is the average length of a peppercorn rent agreement between the ACT Government and a third party where the rent is payable to the Territory.

(3) Can the Treasurer outline the process and criteria used to determine whether a peppercorn rent should be payable to the Territory as opposed to a commercial rent rate, and include any policy documents related to peppercorn rates.

(4) Can the Treasurer outline the process the ACT Government undertakes when collecting peppercorn rents and provide a breakdown of any associated costs.

(5) Can the Treasurer provide a breakdown of the average cost to enter into a peppercorn rent agreement where rent is payable to the Territory.

(6) Can the Treasurer provide a breakdown of the average cost to administer a peppercorn rent agreement where rent is payable to the Territory.

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

(1) These decisions are made at Executive Level within each Directorate. Within ACTPG, such decisions are presented to the Minister for approval where required in accordance with the Community and Other Tenancies Policy.

(a) The Minister responsible varies as this depends on where property custodianship falls within each Directorate.

(b) Where Ministerial approval is required a Ministerial Brief is prepared.


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