Page 2334 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 5 August 2015

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1,000 people. As a proportion of housing in Canberra, public housing forms eight per cent of all housing stock, which is the highest level nationally. Through our priority process, 98 per cent of allocations are made to those most in need in the community, which is higher than in any other jurisdiction.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: Minister, what does the evidence show about Canberrans interacting with ACT housing and homelessness services?

MS BERRY: I am pleased to report that the results of the 2015 ACT tenant satisfaction survey showed a substantial improvement in tenant satisfaction. Overall satisfaction for public housing was 82.3 per cent, up from 76 per cent in 2014. A high proportion of tenants said public housing had improved their sense of belonging and allowed them to better engage in education and training.

For community housing, overall satisfaction was 88 per cent, which was up from 69 per cent. These strong results are the highest reported in the last decade for community housing and demonstrate that our commitment to public housing is making a real difference to people’s lives.

For public housing tenants, the strongest driver of overall satisfaction was the service provided by Housing ACT staff, and I want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the committed and hardworking staff at Housing ACT.

In the Evaluation of reforms to the ACT Specialist Homelessness Service system report which I released this week, we found that the homelessness sector is increasingly integrated, with improving levels of cooperation reported between services. These results are consistent with the message I am consistently hearing from public housing tenants and those who are accessing homelessness services—that they feel supported and included.

The government and most people in our community recognise that Canberra is enriched by its social diversity, and we are determined to ensure that this continues, to make sure that we continue to be the most livable city for all Canberrans.

Mr Barr: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answer to question without notice


MS BURCH: In response to the question on arts residencies, there were 15 applications for the 2016 funding round, and all this information is actually on artsACT website. In 2015 Young Music Society was given an arts residency program, and that goes to the question whether music had ever been provided a residency.

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