Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 9 Hansard (2 September) . . Page.. 2887 ..
Mr Smyth: The answers to the Member's questions are as follows:
(1) (a) 3064
NB. Since February 1996 ACT Housing has conducted a rolling review of the applications on the public housing list to ensure the list is accurately maintained.
(2) The Applicant List at 30 June 1999 was made up as follows:
(i) single - 1262
(ii) couple - 274
(iii) couple with dependant children - 291
(iv) single with dependant children - 733
There were a further 504 on the Applicant List at 30 June 1999 that were not classified into the above categories as a result of the introduction of ACT Housing's Management Information System "Homenet". They have since been categorised.
ACT Housing did not record the household categories listed above for the Applicant List in June 1995 and June 1990.
(3) ACT Housing does not record information on its computer system as to what proportion of people on the public housing Applicant List receive rent assistance from Centrelink.
(4) (a) The average wait time for properties allocated in the 12 months to 30 June 1999
is 6.38 months.
(b-c) The ACT Housing annual reports for both 1989-90 and 1994-95 reported wait time figures but not the overall average wait time as requested in this question. Excerpts from these annual reports are at attachment A and B. As the original data for these reports has not been retained it is not possible to calculate the overall average wait time.
NB. Prior to July 1997 ACT Housing reported wait time numbers by taking the Applicant List at a given time and divided the total time people had waited by the number of applications on the list. Since July 1997 a more accurate method of reporting the wait times for properties allocated in a twelve month period has been employed by ACT Housing. This method is more accurate as it does not report on people that remain on the list for long periods of time by their own choice. Examples include people who had deferred their application due to commitment to a private lease, people who had been offered a property but declined it and were awaiting an offer in a particular location or type of housing, and people with a previous debt to ACT Housing who remained on the list to demonstrate a commitment to repay the debt.