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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 November 2021) . . Page.. 3107 ..


increase holdings within suburbs which have fewer public housing properties whilst divesting in those with higher than average holdings.

On 15 July 2020 Housing ACT also released its first citizens-based digital service, Choice Based Letting, or CBL. Under the CBL project the Housing ACT client portal was established to enable clients to view and update their household members and income information. The portal will continue to evolve as more services are digitised to include applications, rental rebate management and property maintenance requests. The Housing ACT client portal is expected to be launched with the digital application process later in 2021.

Finally, I would like to highlight an important focus for the strategy over the next 12 months. Given the strategy’s 10-year life span and the fact that most actions fall within the short-term and ongoing time frame categories, a key priority of the strategy’s fourth year of implementation will be to identify focus areas and priorities to support continued delivery. This work will be integrated within the strategy’s existing goals and objectives and represents phase 2 of the implementation. I look forward to working across the government and with delivery partners to make this happen. I present the following papers:

ACT Housing Strategy—Year 3 Report Card, dated November 2021.

ACT Housing Strategy—Year 3 Report Card—Ministerial statement, 9 November 2021.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the ministerial statement.

MS VASSAROTTI (Kurrajong—Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage, Minister for Homelessness and Housing Services and Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction) (11.12): I rise to speak in support of the ministerial statement provided by Minister Berry on the year 3 report card for the ACT Housing Strategy. When the ACT Housing Strategy was released in October 2018 it was recognised by stakeholders as an important strategy to support the vision to promote a housing market that meets the diverse and changing needs of the Canberra community and enables a sustainable supply of housing for individuals and families in all income levels. Its development included engagement with a range of stakeholders who worked with government to shape the goals and objectives that include the need to reduce homelessness, strengthen social housing assistance, increase affordable housing and increase affordable home ownership.

The strategy has, rightly, guided government action for the first three years of its implementation, and this report card updates the Assembly and the community across all actions and items outlined in the year 2 report card. In a year of particular challenge, the year 3 report card highlights how the ACT government remains agile and responsive as we maintain our commitment to monitoring, reviewing and recording actions and outcomes and working in collaboration with the sector. It does demonstrate that all actions are being progressed, and we are able to highlight these through clear outputs and outcomes.


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