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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2214..

(2) Have any Indigenous Housing Liaison officers been appointed with this funding, if so, how much is dedicated to Housing Liaison services, if not, why not.

Mr Wood

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

(1) There had been no expenditure as at 30 April 2003, but it is anticipated that the funds will be committed by the end of the financial year. On 25 May, the Government announced the allocation of a total of $80,775 to two community housing providers for capacity building projects and to contribute to the development of a viable and dynamic Indigenous community housing sector. A further $369,000 over the next three years ($123,000 per year) has also been allocated to one of the providers.

Given the small number of original applications, members of the ACT Indigenous community were recently invited to join a Steering Committee under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Trilateral Housing Agreement to advise on the next allocation of grants.

(2) No. Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Services ACT (Inc) currently provides a Housing Liaison Service, which is separately funded by the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services. An evaluation of the Liaison Service is being conducted by ACT Housing and Winnunga Nimmityjah. This will inform decisions on the future nature of the Service and the level of funding required to resource the Service.

Caloola employment training

(Question No 696)

Mrs Burke

asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services on 8 May 2002, upon notice:

In relation to Caloola Skills Training and Job Placements:

(1) What is the primary role of Caloola Skills Training and Job Placements;

(2) Where a person is registered with Caloola and they are placed in employment, eg as an apprentice, does Caloola keep in touch with the employer to monitor the employees behaviour and work record or are ties cut completely once the person is in the workforce;

(3) Is a person who progresses from Caloola to employment still entitled to any benefits through Caloola, if so, what sort of benefits are they entitled to.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to the member's question is:

(1) The Commonwealth Department of Employment and Workplace Relations is the responsible agency for Caloola's job placement operations. Caloola Skills Training and Job Placements is also a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in the ACT.

(2) As for (1) above. However, if the question relates to Caloola's operations as a New Apprenticeship Centre as well, then the Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Technology is the responsible agency for Caloola's operations as a New Apprenticeship Centre.

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