Annual Report 1988-1989 Department of Lands and Housing
Tabled Paper 1161
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borrowing. Since its introduction, the demand for NTISS was particularly high for the seven (7) months to 30 June 1989 and reflected the increased activity in the housing market following a period of depressed demand and falling values. In the period 1 December 1988 to 30 June 1989, there have been four hundred and sixty six (466) letters o f eligibility issued and two hundred and seventy three (273) subsidies approved. The Home Establishment Grant of $1 000 is intended to defray those costs incurred in attaining first home ownership ie. legal fees, stamp duty, mortgage insurance, loan establishment costs, etc. To 30 June 1989 there have been six hundred and fifty seven (657) applications approved. A discussion paper regarding a proposed shared equity scheme for the Northern Territory was tabled in the Legislative Assembly in November 1988 for public comment. Apprenticeship Scheme The Apprenticeship Training Program is a joint venture between the Master Builders Association of the Northern Territory and the Department of Lands and Housing in Alice Springs. The Scheme is unique to the Northern Territory. The aim of the Scheme is to give maximum exposure to training throughout the building industry in both commercial and domestic construction. A major advantage of this Scheme over others is that when the industry is unable to provide employment for the apprentices, they can be gainfully employed constructing Government housing. Since the commencement of the Scheme on 12 May 1983 with ten (10) apprentices, thirteen (13) houses have been completed with a number of others under construction. Fourteen (14) apprentices are currently employed under the Scheme. Since implementation of the program, fifteen (15) apprentices have been trained to trade qualifications and another three (3) have transferred their indentures to within the industry. All apprentices who have completed their indentures have found work within the industry. Crisis Accommodation Program The C risis A ccom m odation Program (CAP) is a joint Commonwealth - N.T. p rog ram funded th ro u g h the 1984 Commonwealth - State Housing Agreement (CSHA). It provides capital funding for dw ellings for cris is accom m odation services provided by non-profit community groups. In 1988/89, $200 000 was available under CAP in the Northern Territory. The following five (5) community based projects have been approved for funding: - the reconstruction of a homeless persons shelter in Katherine; $107 000 - construction of an Aboriginal womens refuge in Darwin; $65 000 - modifications of a crisis dwelling for families in Katherine; $3 000 - upgrading o f security screens on a youth refuge in Darwin; $5 500 - grant adjustment for an Aboriginal research project in Alice Springs; $4 320 A Womens Refuge in Alice Springs has been approved in principle for funding.