Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 12 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 4545 ..
(5) In 2003-04 the ACT Government allocated $13.4 million over fours years to respond to homelessness in the ACT. With the endorsement of the Homelessness Advisory Group the government provided additional non-recurrent funds to the CEAS service in acknowledgement of the important role of this service at the current time. Recurrent funds will be allocated through a series of tenders that I will shortly be announcing.
(6) The total of 736 people (referred to in Question on Notice 888 part 4) as needing emergency accommodation included children accompanying their parents. The figure outlining the gender breakdown (QON 888 part 2) related only to the gender breakdown of the adult callers (and did not include their children).
(7) Lifeline refers people to appropriate SAAP providers. The Anglicare component of the CEAS service identifies alternative options for people in crisis including local motels, caravan parks and units.
(8) Increasing the number of providers has a significant cost impact. The government has however, recently allocated an additional $93,000 (as part of the immediate responses to homelessness) to enable CEAS to pre-lease six more accommodation sites for families over one year.
(9) The service is not a data collection source and Lifeline counsellors seek information from callers that is appropriate in assisting them with their crisis at that point in time. It is also worth noting that a percentage of people contacting the hotline do so on behalf of others seeking accommodation, ie family, friends and service providers.
(10) As the contracts for this service have recently been updated for its second year, additional and clarifying reporting and data requirements have been included.
(Question No 1048)
Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice:
In relation to Ainslie Village:
(1) What ACT Government services are currently provided at Ainslie Village;
(2) Are any additional services planned to be introduced in the near future, and, if so, please specify the nature of such services and the likely timeframe;
(3) When is the new accommodation at Ainslie Village to be opened;
(4) Please explain why some workers are apparently being paid while not actively performing any duties;
(5) Why has the Government chosen to fund, at the same levels, a seven (7) bed unit when a twelve (12) bed unit could be funded.
Mr Wood: The answer to the member's question is as follows: