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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1518 ..

and summary report have been available online since their release in September 2002, at

(2) The results indicated that in excess of 2,300 employees aged 45 years and over intended to retire in the next two to five years.

(3) Teachers, nurses and salaried medical officers employed under the Public Sector Management Act, aged 45 years and over at 30 June 2002 and whose records were stored on the Perspect Human Resources system, were included in the survey group. Sworn police officers were not surveyed as they are not ACT employees.

Bushfires-recovery grants

(Question No 591)

Mr Smyth asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 3 April 2003:

In relation to the bushfire recovery:

(1) How many applications has the Government received for grants of (a) $5,000, (b) $10,000 and (c) additional grants of $5,000 for people without contents insurance, under its emergency payment scheme as at March 31, 2003;

(2) Of these applications for assistance, how many are (a) still awaiting a decision and (b) been rejected;

(3) In February it was reported that around 190 applications had been rejected for not meeting requirements, what are the requirements that fire victims have to meet for all of the grant categories;

(4) Is any assistance available to people under the grants scheme whose houses were damaged significantly in the bushfires in 18 January but were deemed to be still habitable;

(5) How many people whose houses were significantly damaged by the bushfires are still habitable have been considered to be ineligible for the scheme;

(6) What was the average time to process applications.

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

As part of the Governments' bushfire recovery process, the ACT Government offered two sorts of contributions for emergency household relief:

$5,000 per household for all households who are owner occupiers or renters in the ACT whose homes are uninhabitable; and

a further $5,000 per household (a total of $10,000) for those who do not have household contents insurance.

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