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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 6 Hansard (8 June) . . Page.. 2074..


Housing ACT-acquisitions

(Question No 1107)

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

(1) What steps is Housing ACT taking to formally evaluate the cost-effectiveness of purchasing properties, with reference to the benefits or downsides of purchasing established properties or new construction of housing;

(2) When will Housing ACT, based on any analysis of property acquisition, develop an acquisition plan that considers a capital program and sets targeted acquisition based on forecasts of tenant/applicant needs for each region in the ACT and demand for housing types.

Mr Hargreaves

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

(1) Housing ACT has advised in its management response to the Auditor-General's recommendation on this issue that it will establish a framework for regular formal evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of each mode of property acquisition as part of the implementation of the Public Housing Asset Management Strategy.

(2) See above.

Housing ACT-unrecoverable debts

(Question No 1108)

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

Did Housing ACT write off $1million in rental, sundry and other unrecoverable debts; if so, what is the current level of debt left outstanding between Housing ACT and tenants who have monies classified as a debt with Housing ACT.

Mr Hargreaves

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

(1) No

Housing ACT-debt notification

(Question No 1109)

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

(1) Why is the debt notification process only activated by Housing Managers when a tenant's rental account balance falls below zero;

(2) How many incidences of this nature occurred in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03, (c) 2003-04, (d) 2004-05 and (e) 2005-06;

(3) If the tenancy agreement stipulates that a tenant's rental account must be maintained at two weeks in advance, why has Housing ACT allowed tenants to fall into debt


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