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Health Strategy will be developed following the Government Response, and it is anticipated that it will be launched by the end of 2022.

(8) Improving the safety, quality and sustainability of health services is the foundation of health services management. Focusing on the development of the Justice Health Strategy allows for the careful planning and implementation of improvements that will be sustainable. If there is an initiative identified during the development of the Justice Health Strategy that will improve health outcomes for detainees and is sustainable, it may be implemented prior to the commencement of the strategy.

(9) Staffing pressures are an established national issue. However, a focus on Justice Health strategies through innovations such as research and policy development, will give structure to health services in the custodial setting and attract and retain a professional workforce.

Housing ACT—residents survey
(Question No 671)

Ms Lawder asked the Minister for Homelessness and Housing Services, upon notice, on 25 March 2022:

(1) How many residents are currently living in public housing in the ACT.

(2) What percentage of these residents, referred to in part (1), identify as female.

(3) Are public housing residents surveyed about their experiences living in public housing; if so, how often does this take place.

(4) Can the Minister provide a copy of the most recent survey undertaken by Housing ACT.

Ms Vassarotti: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) On 28 March 2022 there were 20,697 residents living in public housing in the ACT.

(2) On 28 March 2022, 56 per cent of these residents had identified as female.

(3) A survey of the ACT's public housing tenants is conducted annually, with questionnaire responses typically sought from May to June each year, to gain feedback on tenant support needs, housing conditions and priorities, views on their local area, tenancy experiences and satisfaction with service provision.

This survey is conducted in alternating years by a) Housing ACT and b) the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) as part of the national social housing survey on behalf of all states and territories.

The most recent survey completed by Housing ACT was in 2019. The AIHW national social housing survey scheduled for 2020 was postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19. The 2022 ACT survey is now in preparation for distribution to tenants in April.

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