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Annual Report 2000/2001 Territory Housing



Annual Report 2000/2001 Territory Housing

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Chief Executive Officers Foreword The five year targets set in 1998 at the launch of Housing 2003 have very largely been achieved in three years with waiting times significantly reduced, housing stock more closely aligned with need, and home sales to ineligible tenants achieving target levels. Some of the highlights of 2000-2001 in rental housing assistance were: - the opening of seniors villages at Coconut Grove and Tambling Terrace: - the commencement of a revised bond assistance scheme with wider eligibility criteria and more generous assistance levels; and - positive feedback from public housing tenants in the annual national customer satisfaction survey. Two key challenges in rental housing assistance over the next few years will be: - addressing the backlog of programmed maintenance, especially interior painting; and - developing a more appropriate range of housing and support options for indigenous people migrating from remote areas. A start was made in tackling programmed maintenance in April with the reallocation of $2M to interior painting. A cooperative approach to issues in urban indigenous housing was initiated this year in partnership with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) and a number of other agencies. Rent collection and housing maintenance on remote indigenous communities once again showed positive results in 2000-2001. Priorities for the Indigenous Housing Authority of the Northern Territory (IHANT) in 2001-2002 will be: - the implementation of a new approach to home management at the community level; and - implementation of a new regional model of housing design and construction, together with regionally coordinated employment and training in the ATSIC Papunya region of Central Australia. September 2000 saw the launch of new HomeNorth home ownership schemes with increased borrowing ceilings and with an interest rate regime designed to provide predictable subsidy levels in a housing market with fluctuating interest rates. The rate of households entering home ownership in urban areas in the Northern Territory is now similar to national rates. This financial year was the last of three years of additional funding for government employee housing announced under Housing 2003. One hundred and fourteen new dwellings were constructed over those three years, four above target. In the May 2000 budget, the Government approved a new forward program of upgrade, replacement and new construction which should see remote government employee housing meeting full amenity standards within five years. I want to close by acknowledging the many vital partnerships with other agencies and also the commitment and customer focus ofTerritory Housing staff, without which the achievements of 2000-2001 would not have been possible. Graham Symons Chief Executive Officer Territory Housing page 4