Page 2274 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 1 August 2017

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Auditor-General Act, pursuant to subsection 17(5)—Auditor-General’s Reports Nos—

5/2017—Maintenance of Selected Road Infrastructure Assets, dated 9 June 2017.

6/2017—Mental Health Services—Transition from Acute Care, dated 23 June 2017.

7/2017—Public Housing Renewal Program, dated 27 June 2017.

Standing order 191—Amendments to:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Amendment Bill 2017, dated 13 and 14 June 2017.

Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2017, dated 13 and 14 June 2017.

Acting Speaker—Instrument of Appointment, pursuant to standing order 6A—Assistant Speaker Cody (5 to 7 July 2017), dated 2 July 2017.

Review of housing built by University of Canberra

Paper and statement by minister

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Women and Minister for Sport and Recreation) (3.45): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Providing Affordable Housing to Students—An ACT Government review of housing built by the University of Canberra under the National Rental Affordability Scheme, dated June 2017.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS BERRY: In 2015, in response to an Auditor-General report, the government committed to reviewing the impact of the national rental affordability scheme—NRAS—on student rental affordability at the University of Canberra. We committed to do this when the University of Canberra had finished construction. They have done so, and I am now pleased to table the review and outline its findings for the Assembly.

Housing affordability is a challenge that faces many university students, and this government’s investment in affordable student housing is bringing many social and economic benefits to our city. Overseas and interstate students contribute around $900 million to Canberra’s economy every year and support over 6,000 jobs. Ensuring that our universities can offer students adequate affordable housing is essential if we are to continue to attract the best minds to study in our city and to grow this important sector.

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