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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 4 Hansard (4 May) . . Page.. 1310..


Housing ACT—legal advice

(Question No 1010)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 28 March 2006:

Has Housing ACT established any statements or memorandums of understanding with other housing sector organisations in the ACT to provide any legal advice or legal interpretation services for tenants.

Mr Hargreaves

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

The members question is unclear. Please clarify.

Housing ACT—tenant participation programs

(Question No 1011)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 28 March 2006:

(1) How has Housing ACT established Tenant Participation Development programs into departmental activities;

(2) If tenant participation has been introduced and operating beyond the conceptual stage, how are staff trained to incorporate this practice into their work as a core practice.

Mr Hargreaves

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

(1) The Joint Champions Group, and associated tenant participation activities, provides an ongoing mechanism for Housing ACT staff to engage with public housing tenants. In addition to 27 tenants, Housing ACT staff including Executives, Senior Managers, Housing Managers, and other staff spanning tenancy management and property services regularly attend meetings of the Joint Champions Group. Departmental staff, including Senior Executives, will have further opportunities to interact and engage with tenants at Regional Forums and joint training to be held during 2006.

(2) Training on tenant participation has been incorporated into the training program for Housing Managers. In addition, the Joint Champions Group has prioritised the need for joint training involving tenants, community organisations and Housing ACT staff. The training will take place in the second half of 2006.

Housing ACT—tenant participation programs

(Question No 1012)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 28 March 2006:

(1) How has Housing ACT developed and resourced any tenant groups, involved in Tenant Participation Development programs, to (a) operate secretarial services, (b) maintain any

office accommodation, (c) conduct meetings or forums and (d) provide reimbursement of costs associated with programs;


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