Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 10 March 2005) . . Page.. 939 ..
In addition, several SAAP funded services have limited brokerage funds available and may purchase low-cost accommodation where clients are unable to be accommodated in SAAP services either due to their personal circumstances or a lack of crisis accommodation vacancies.
(Question No 103)
Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 15 February 2005:
(1) Does the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services have an Indigenous housing policy; if so, what are the key principles;
(2) Does the Department provide information on Indigenous housing to the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision; if not, why not.
Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) No, the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services does not have an explicit policy on Indigenous housing.
Key Indigenous housing policy directions and commitments are expressed in the 2004-2005 Interim Indigenous Housing Agreement between the ACT and Australian Governments and the associated 2004-2005 ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Plan. The policy priorities for housing assistance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people set out in these documents are also reflected in the Bilateral Agreement between the Australian and ACT Governments under the Commonwealth State Housing Agreement 2003-2008.
(2) Yes, the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services does provide information on Indigenous housing to the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision. In 2003-2004 this included the provision of information on the total number of new Indigenous households assisted in that year and the total number of Indigenous households at 30 June 2004. The Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision did not, however, publish this information in its Report on Government Services 2005.
Information on Indigenous housing provided in the Report on Government Services 2005 focuses exclusively on what is known as ‘State owned and managed Indigenous housing’. This housing is defined as rental housing dwellings owned and managed by government and allocated to only Indigenous Australians. It is generally funded by the Aboriginal Rental Housing Program and may be supplemented by untied Commonwealth State Housing Agreement funds. The ACT is not included in data collection on this type of housing because it does not receive any funds under the Aboriginal Rental Housing Program, and does not administer any Territory owned and managed Indigenous housing programs.