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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2202 ..

(1) What is the status of the consultation with licensed children's services and other relevant stakeholders in relation to the recommendations of the report;

(2) What will this consultation process involve;

(3) When do you expect the consultation period will be complete.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to the member's question is:

(1) Consultations in relation to the recommendations of the report commenced in April 2003. The first stage of the consultation process was undertaken through meetings arranged with Children's Services Directors. The key findings and recommendations of the report were presented at the meetings.

A forum is being planned for 24 June 2003, to further discuss the recommendations and to identify options for progressing those that can be addressed at a local level.

Written responses have been invited and further correspondence advising of this will be forwarded to the sector seeking written submissions by 30 June 2003.

(2) The consultation process will involve meetings with Children's Services Directors and key stakeholders, an invitation to provide written feedback on the recommendations and a forum to discuss the recommendations and possible ways forward.

(3) It is anticipated that the consultations will be completed by July 2003.

Housing-occupant audits

(Question No 679)

Mrs Burke

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

In relation to occupant audits:

(1) Are audits or inspections undertaken on ACT Housing properties to ensure only tenants who have signed an agreement for that property are living in the premises;

(2) If yes to (1) how often are such audits or inspections undertaken and what information is taken down by ACT Housing. If not, why not;

(3) Under what circumstances, if any, might tenants of ACT Housing be permitted to sublet their premises ? What regime, if any, is in place to monitor any such tenant practices, whether authorised or not;

(4) Does the Minister or ACT Housing know of any cases where tenants have sublet their premises, if so, what were the ramifications for that tenant;

(5) How are ACT Housing properties monitored to ascertain changes in the circumstances of public housing tenants and the affect of such changes upon a tenant's terms of occupancy.

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