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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1519 ..

(1) Applications for these grants were to close on 31 March 2003, but the application date was extended to 3 April 2003 to be consistent with the closing date for applications for the Canberra Bushfire Recovery Appeal. The following table provides information extracted from applications as at 31 March and 3 April 2003.

Number of applications as at:

31 March 2003

3 April 2003

Total Applications



Applications without Contents Insurance



2) (a) Two applications received on Wednesday 2 April are awaiting a decision regarding the first $5000 grant.

There are also around 16 applications waiting on a decision for payment of the grant where there was no household insurance cover.

Mr Trevor Boucher, retired Commissioner of Taxation, has been engaged to review decisions where applicants request such a review.

13 applicants have requested a review by Mr Boucher, and these are still under consideration.

(b) 193 applications fell outside the eligibility criteria.

3) 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.

Financial assistance under this Program was not designed to replace insurance and is provided as a measure of assistance and not compensation for losses.

To be eligible for the grant persons must be:

either an owner/occupier or renter of a property located in the ACT which is declared no longer habitable by the Property Assessment and Recovery Team being coordinated by PALM; and

for the additional $5,000, uninsured for contents and personal effects.

4) The Government has determined to offer the above formal support to householders whose homes were destroyed or inhabitable.

Assessments around habitability were made using the following criteria:

whether the house is structurally sound to provide a safe environment. This

should also consider the proximity of surrounding unstable structures;

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