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The ACT Government through Housing ACT provides rental support to tenants including those with a disability in public housing through a rental rebate or via the provision of housing owned by the Commissioner that is leased to Community Housing Providers, whether they are NDIS participants or not. In public housing, a tenant’s rent is not more than 25% of the household’s gross assessable income.
Tenants with disability in public and community housing who receive the Disability Support Pension only pay 25% of that income for rent. People with disability in community housing may also receive Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA) which varies depending on circumstance. Tenants pay 100% of this Commonwealth rental support to the CHP or other accommodation provider.
Data to respond to this question is only available in relation to people waiting for a public housing property. As at 15 February, 717 people with a disability are currently on the waitlist awaiting public housing, of which:
o 97 people are in the Priority category
o 518 in the High needs category, and
o 102 in the Standard category.
Disability services—government support
(Question No 577)
Mr Milligan asked the Minister for Disability, upon notice, on 11 February 2022:
(1) Given that under the Bilateral Agreement, the National Partnership on Disability Care Australia Fund, with the Commonwealth Government, payments received from the Commonwealth was to be spent on supporting those living with a disability in the ACT. The States and territories were likewise to be responsible for a financial contribution. Noting that the 2021-22 budget notes a payment of $18.468 million received in the previous financial year, how much of this goes towards supporting those living with Disability in the ACT.
(2) What is the total cost of the NDIS to the ACT Government.
(3) What additional monies are spent by the ACT Government on supporting those living with a disability currently not eligible for the NDIS.
(4) Where is this money spent.
(5) What percentage of this is spent on supporting advocacy organisations in the ACT.
(6) What percentage of this is spent on other organisations in the ACT.
(7) What percentage of this is spent in grants.
Ms Davidson: The answer to the member’s question is as follows: