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(7) How will the scheme be monitored.

(8) What are the scheme’s key performance indicators.

(9) How much has been allocated each year for the next three years.

(10) When will the rest of the $50 million be allocated.

(11) Where is the $5 million, already allocated in this current Budget, listed in the Budget papers.

(12) Can the Minister explain the figures at page 176 of the Budget Outlook 2021-22.

Mr Rattenbury: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Breakdown of energy efficiency upgrades

Phase one of the Vulnerable Household Energy Support Scheme commenced following release of the funding late in 2021 to support energy efficiency and ceiling insulation upgrades for Housing ACT and low-income homeowners. With the scheme in early stages of delivery, upgrades have not commenced at this time.

(2) Scheme Outcomes and Operation

The scheme aims to reduce energy hardship and provide greater thermal comfort and is expected to:

deliver ceiling insulation upgrades to eligible Housing ACT properties; and

provide rebates and interest-free loans for priority homeowners and rental providers to upgrade ceiling insulation and to install electric energy efficient appliances including reverse cycle air conditioning and hot water heat pumps.

Some activities, such as Housing ACT ceiling insulation upgrades, will be carried out under existing mechanisms through the existing government tendered provider.

(3) As appropriate, activities are expected to be announced as part of standard tender processes. Eligible energy efficient products will be installed by accredited, professional suppliers, and overseen by a third-party provider.

(4) ACT Council of Social Service (ACTOSS) and social housing advocacy groups

ACTCOSS has provided ongoing design input into several streams of the scheme, with consultation also sought from community housing groups. This includes through public consultation undertaken as part of the development of minimum energy efficiency standards for rental homes. Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) will continue engaging with ACTCOSS and other social housing advocacy groups throughout the scheme.

(5) See response to Question 2.

(6) See response to Questions 2 and 3.

(7) Monitoring and Evaluation

The monitoring and evaluation framework, including refined key performance indicators for the scheme, is currently being developed as part of phase two design.

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