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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 16 September 2021) . . Page.. 2688 ..

(7) Has the Government considered any changes to the scheme since its introduction and have these changes been introduced; if not, why not.

(8) When does the scheme currently finish.

(9) Is the Government considering extending the scheme past its current end date; if so, what will be the end date.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) As at 13 August 2021, 988 applications have been received.

(2) As at 13 August 2021, 801 applications have been approved.

(3) As at 13 August 2021, the total value of rebates provided under the scheme was $854,242. The average credit per application was $1,066.

(4) As at 13 August 2021, 187 applications have not been approved.

Applications are assessed against the eligibility criteria for the scheme. Applications are not approved if they fail one or more of the criteria. The most common reasons for applications not being approved are:

a. the rent reduction was less than the required 25 per cent;

b. the tenant was not same tenant between March 2020 and when the rental reduction occurred (which is one of the criteria); or

c. the application did not include all of the required information.

(5) The Government considered a range of options before implementing the land tax credit scheme. Leveraging the ACT’s land tax system enabled the scheme to be implemented quickly and without significant administration and compliance costs as it provided a mechanism to validate the property owner and a low-cost method for payment.

(6) Paying the rent shortfall directly to landlords was considered. Cash payments would have involved more significant administration and compliance costs and exposed the Territory to a greater risk of fraud.

(7) The Government extended the scheme a number of times, following consideration of the effectiveness of the scheme and the circumstances at the time.

(8) The scheme ended on 30 June 2021. Applications can be submitted until 31 August 2021.

(9) The Government continues to monitor the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the recent outbreak in the Territory, on households and is providing additional assistance to Canberrans who need it.

Arts—funding(Question No 370)

Ms Castley asked the Minister for Business and Better Regulation, upon notice, on 6 August 2021:

(1) Who were the recipients of the Government’s Amp It Up! Fund to support the music industry and how much did each recipient receive.

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