Page 2875 - Week 09 - Thursday, 13 August 2015

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The housing commissioner may require a tenant of the housing commissioner to transfer to another public housing dwelling for the purpose of repair, renovation, disposal or redevelopment of the dwelling occupied by the tenant.

As these tenants have been required to transfer by Housing ACT rather than having applied for a transfer themselves, they are classified as out-of-turn or management-initiated transfer applicants. As such, they are given preference in the allocation of new dwellings. For the purposes of public reporting, these tenants are included in the priority housing category.

It is expected that all tenants who are relocating under the public housing renewal program will be classified as out-of-turn transfers. The government has committed to building and purchasing replacement housing before tenants are moved under the renewal program. This rolling program of generally delivering replacement homes before tenants are moved will mean that the usual program of allocating homes to new housing applicants, the overall housing register, will not be impacted by the housing renewal program. However, there may be some fluctuations in certain locations across Canberra, as is the case now.

As a general rule, the allocation process is always about getting the best match of applicant to the property that is available. Where it is appropriate for a particular individual, a tenant may be given the chance to move earlier. This has already been the case for a small number of tenants from Owen flats on Northbourne Avenue. For reporting purposes, management-initiated transfers and out-of-turn applications are now included in the priority category, which is published on the directorate website.

Budget—community sector levy

MS BERRY: Regarding questions on the community sector reform levy and indexation today, the rate of indexation is reviewed annually, as I said, by the Treasury. The 2015-16 indexation was set at 2.7 per cent in response to a slight change in the wage price index. This is higher than other jurisdictions, which typically set their indexation against the consumer price index. The sector reform levy of 0.34 per cent is levied only on those organisations receiving funding of more than $150,000 during the financial year.

In relation to the social compact, as I said, the government continues to have conversations with the sector, and regularly consults with the sector, at the organisational level, through peak bodies and through the Joint Community Government Reference Group. The JCRG’s terms of reference include the provision of advice to government under the social compact.


Madam Speaker presented the following paper:

Ethics and Integrity Adviser for Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory, pursuant to Continuing Resolution 6A of the Assembly of 10 April 2008, as amended 21 August 2008—Report for the period 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015, dated 22 July 2015.

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