Page 4302 - Week 10 - Thursday, 22 September 2011

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Services. At a private meeting on 31 August 2011, the committee resolved to conduct an inquiry into the provision of social housing in the ACT. Social housing is provided by the government through Housing ACT to low income households and those people who are unable to find appropriate accommodation in the private rental market. The committee is concerned at the increasing demand for social housing in the ACT, fuelled by housing affordability and a competitive private rental market that makes it difficult for many individuals and families living on low incomes, including many of our most vulnerable community members, to access suitable accommodation.

The recent ACT Ombudsman’s report Assessment of an application for priority housing, June 2011, into the priority waiting list for social housing highlighted procedural shortcomings within Housing ACT that impacted on people’s access to timely, appropriate housing.

The committee has adopted the following terms of reference:

To inquire into and report on the provision of social housing through ACT Housing, with particular reference to:

1. The findings of the 2011 ACT Ombudsman’s Report in relation to the ACT Housing priority housing waiting list, Assessment of an Application for Priority Housing, June 2011;

2. The demand for social housing, including an examination of the current waiting lists and eligibility criteria for priority and high needs housing;

3. The management of waiting lists, innovative strategies to reduce waiting lists and the development of the Social Housing Register (the new centralised waiting list for social housing in the ACT);

4. The current range, availability and suitability of social housing stock, including new models of social housing (such as the intentional village model designed for people with a disability and sustainable housing models) and any financial implications;

5. The management and maintenance of social housing stock including the development of an asset management plan;

6. The needs of social housing managers and all social housing tenants, including but not limited to:

current tenants;

prospective tenants including those on waiting lists;

people socially and geographically affected by social housing allocation; and

7. Any other related matter.

Economy—cost of living

Statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Health and Minister for Industrial Relations), by leave: I thank members for the opportunity to outline progress today on developing the triple bottom line assessment approach and methodology for the ACT government.

On 22 June 2011 the Assembly called upon the government to report on the detail of relevant methodologies, tools and assessment frameworks that will be used for triple

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