Page 4237 - Week 12 - Tuesday, 24 October 2017

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Ms Berry presented the following papers:

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act, pursuant to section 13—Annual report 2016-2017—Education Directorate, dated 22 September 2017.

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act, pursuant to section 13—Annual report 2016-2017—Land Development Agency, dated 3 October 2017.

Auditor-General’s report No 7 of 2017—government response

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) (3.22): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Auditor-General Act, pursuant to subsection 21(1)—Auditor-General’s Report No 7/2017—Public Housing Renewal Program—Government response.

I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MS BERRY: On 27 June this year the Auditor-General’s report on public housing renewal was tabled in the Legislative Assembly. In accordance with the Auditor-General Act 1996, I am required to prepare a written response to the report and present it to the Assembly within four months. I seek leave to provide that information now.

The Auditor-General’s report has found that the public housing renewal program has sound governance and administration and effective management. It has also found that the relocation needs and preferences of housing tenants have been effectively recognised and managed by Housing ACT.

I would like to thank all of those who have been involved in supporting our public housing tenants to move home as part of this program, particularly community organisations that are now part of the Linking into New Communities Taskforce and the Transforming Communities Partnership.

This government is working to improve the quality of our public housing by delivering modern and efficient homes throughout our city. We remain committed to this program of renewal and are on track to provide 1,288 new public housing dwellings by 2019, with more than 600 homes transferred from the Public Housing Renewal Taskforce to the Commissioner for Social Housing so far.

The three recommendations in the Auditor-General’s report related to reporting and modelling for the renewal program. I have tabled the ACT government’s formal response to these recommendations.

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