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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 5 Hansard (25 May) . . Page.. 2250..

ACT will pay for the repairs, prior to hand back of the property. This is consistent with our undertaking to return the properties in the condition in which they are received, less fair wear and tear. If there is a need to recover the cost of repairs from the tenant, Havelock Housing Association has procedures in place to do this; it will not be the responsibility of the property owner.

(b) Havelock Housing Association does not require references from potential tenants. However, the Department expects that its tenants will pay rent and behave responsibly and there is no reason to assume that this will not be the case.

(2) The Department has a fund set aside for the repair of vacant properties. This is based on the average amount spent on repairs to vacant properties.

Aged care accommodation

(Question No 1472)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 1 April 2004:

(1) Further to Question on notice No 1298 part (6) and the response that an estimate of the total number of people on waiting lists for private aged care facilities cannot be provided, how can the A.C.T. Government make plans to solve the current problems in aged care accommodation, and thus help to reduce lengthy waiting lists for nursing homes in the A.C.T, if it is unaware of the numbers, or at least a close estimate, of people on such waiting lists;

(2) If an estimate has been determined, could that figure be provided;

(3) If an estimate of people on such waiting lists has not been determined, why not.

Mr Corbell

: The answer to the member's question is:

(1) The Australian Government is responsible for planning for the number of residential aged care places in the ACT and other states and territories. The role of the ACT Government is to work with providers on planning and building approval once the Australian Government has approved the places, and the ACT Government is currently progressing a strategy to streamline planning and building approvals processes for older peoples accommodation.

(2) There are approximately 479 people in the ACT who have been assessed as requiring high level aged care accommodation. A low level care waiting list is yet to be established.

(3) Aged care facilities are private enterprises and have no direct relationship with the ACT Government. Facilities keep their own waiting lists, and are not required to register their clients on a centralised waiting list. The ACT Government is working to improve the waiting list information, but this requires voluntary cooperation from facilities.

Building site-Yambina Street

(Question No 1473)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 1 April 2004:

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