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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 6 Hansard (8 June) . . Page.. 2072..


(1) Why are Housing ACT tenants or applicants unable to access comprehensive information about allocation timeframes for public housing;

(2) If such information is readily available, why is it not published on the internet in a format that would assist tenants and applicants to make an informed decision about what forms of housing to access and how long it would take to access Housing Assistance from the ACT Government.

Mr Hargreaves

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

(1) Housing assistance is allocated in chronological date of application order depending on the priority status afforded to an application. Waiting times for different housing types and geographical location can only be provided on an indicative basis only, given stock availability, turnover and client preferences.

(2) The Department has agreed to implement this recommendation. I understand previous policy was based on a concern of raising expectations of applicants.

Housing ACT-allocations

(Question No 1103)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Housing, upon notice, on 9 May 2006:

(1) What is Housing ACT doing to ensure that incidences of incorrect allocation or mismatching of a property does not occur during the allocation process;

(2) How many known incidences of incorrect allocation or property mismatch have occurred during 2005-06.

Mr Hargreaves

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

(1) Housing ACT has developed a pre allocation case conference model for those clients presenting with multiple issues.

(2) One.

Housing ACT-allocations

(Question No 1104)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Housing, upon notice, on 9 May 2006:

(1) How many tenants during 2005-06 have been assisted by Housing ACT to downsize to properties that match actual household size;

(2) What efforts are being made by Housing ACT to provide more flexibility for tenants who are in a position and are willing to downsize to more appropriate forms of housing that meet actual need.

Mr Hargreaves

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


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