Page 3987 - Week 13 - Tuesday, 17 November 2015

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career pathways, and this will help to ensure that they are able to experience personal and professional growth over the choice of their careers and that they have resources to adapt to a changing labour market.

Madam Deputy Speaker, I would like to close by asking you and all here to join me in wishing the best of luck to the finalists that will be representing the ACT on Thursday night at the national training awards in Hobart. I hope we can collectively recognise how important it is to celebrate the successful outcomes achieved by the students, trainees, apprentices and registered training organisations and to recognise just how strong the ACT VET sector is. I will enjoy Thursday night and I will definitely enjoy seeing ACT VET students and employers recognised for the great work they do nationally. I present the following paper:

Importance of Australian apprenticeships for the future workforce of the ACT—Ministerial statement, 17 November 2015.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Homelessness services

Ministerial statement

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Minister for Housing, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Community Services, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Women and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Social Inclusion and Equality) (11.14): For the information of members I make the following ministerial statement as a progress update on homelessness services in response to the resolution of the Assembly of 5 August 2015.

I am pleased to respond today to the Assembly’s resolution of 5 August 2015 on the important issues of homelessness and affordable housing. These are issues that the Assembly has considered at some length throughout the year and acknowledge the importance of a safe and secure home not only as a basic human need but as a critical building block for the development of individuals, families and communities.

I am delighted to report back to the Assembly now about the work the ACT government has continued to progress around these issues and, in particular, to provide this progress update on homelessness services. First and foremost I can advise that the ACT government has actively continued its policy of providing public housing in the ACT for those people most in need. In 2014-15 more than 22,000 Canberrans were provided affordable and secure accommodation in public housing through 10,611 tenancies. Over the same period 553 new tenancies were created, housing 1,126 people in public housing. Of this number, 97 per cent were priority and high needs allocations.

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