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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1450 ..

(4) Due to the size of the program and the level of funding provided, the organisation was not required to provide monthly data. It was funded to operate during the 2002 school year and report on the overall performance of the program. The report on SPICE indicated 17 students in total participated in the program during this period.

(5) The program aimed to keep students, at risk of leaving the education system, motivated by involving them in work placements once a week over a period of four weeks. This served as an opportunity to gain work place skills and develop self-confidence.

There is some overlap between the SPICE program and existing pre-vocational programs. The department recognises the need for vocational education programs and alternative community-based learning options for Year 9 students and beyond.

(6) As mentioned previously, the program was funded on a non-recurrent basis. Organisations who apply for this funding are aware that funding will not be ongoing and are asked to consider how they will sustain the program or program outcomes, once funding has ceased. There are no plans to continue funding this service.

ACT Housing-tenant consultations

(Question No 525)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice:

In relation to consultation with housing tenants:

(1) What consultation takes place between tenants and ACT Housing in relation to tenancy issues;

(2) Are there any bodies set up in ACT Housing for consultation (ie: like the ACT Health Action Council in Health or the Education Advisory Board in Education), if so, can you provide details, if not, why not.

Mr Wood: The answer to the Member's question is as follows:

(1) ACT Housing consults with tenants:

in accordance with the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 in regard to annual inspections; if their accommodation is to be refurbished and while work is carried out;

at their request;

regarding neighbourhood complaints about them;

in response to issues they raise;

during relocation ;

when dealing with debt recovery matters;

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