Page 4102 - Week 11 - Tuesday, 23 October 2018

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for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women) (3.29): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Social housing stock, dated October 2018, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 11 April 2018.

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

Leave granted.

MS BERRY: I am happy to table this response to the ACT Legislative Assembly resolution of 11 April 2018 about social housing stock. As the Assembly is aware, the ACT government is developing a new ACT housing strategy, which will be released in 2018. The new strategy will set out the government’s commitment to social and affordable housing as an important part of ensuring we can continue to provide an equitable, diverse and sustainable supply of housing for all Canberrans into the future.

In the meantime, work is underway to look at the long-term management of the public housing portfolio and the final rollout of the government’s unprecedented public housing renewal program of providing 1,288 modern and sustainable properties spread throughout Canberra that will be better suited to the changing needs of our public housing tenants.

The government also continues to set community housing targets on government land release that will provide for affordable rental properties targeted at the households who need them most. Affordable rental opportunities are also being supported through the government’s $1 million affordable housing innovation fund, which is trialling new solutions to long-term complex problems.

The ACT government signed up to the new national housing and homelessness agreement in June 2018, and both the multilateral and bilateral ACT agreements are publicly available on the website of the Council on Federal Financial Relations. While no new funding was provided, the ACT government’s agreement to the NHHA has ensured that commonwealth funding of $130.7 million will continue to flow to local housing and homelessness services providing critical services to our community.

The response also outlines how the government calculates the level of housing supply needed to respond to projected housing demand and the initiatives the ACT has committed to as part of this bilateral agreement under the NHHA and sets out the ministerial and directorate responsibilities for signing, implementing and reporting on the NHHA and associated initiatives. I commend this report to the Assembly.

Social housing incentives—response to resolution of the Assembly

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

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