Housing ACT domestic violence manual launched as part of White Ribbon Day
The Minister for Women has launched a revised Domestic and Family Violence Policy Manual for Housing and Community Services (HACS} staff. This internal ACT Government publication outlines contemporary approaches in responding to domestic violence, including jurisdictional and national strategies. The launch took place on 25 November 2015, which is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The revised policy manual updates a document previously used by HACS staff, and more explicitly notes the highly gendered nature of domestic and family violence. It also adds the expectation that a woman's personal account of her experience of domestic and family violence will always be accepted.
The new manual articulates the Community Services Directorate's aim to become an accredited White Ribbon Workplace. This expresses a shared belief that violence against women is a human rights issues which must be addressed in the workplace.
The Minister welcomed the leading role that HACS has taken in reviewing its practices to identify and respond to incidents of family and domestic violence in a timely and professional manner.
The ACT Government is undertaking a major long-term program of renewal through the replacement of a number of its older Housing ACT public housing properties.
Housing ACT has some of the oldest public housing in Australia. As these properties have aged, it has become more difficult to maintain them to a high standard and they no longer suit the needs of many housing tenants.
In order to offer good quality public housing that meets the needs of tenants now and into the future, tenants in these old properties will move to more modern public housing.
This investment in public housing is to replace ageing stock with better, modern more comfortable homes that meet tenants’ needs.
No current public housing tenant will become homeless as a result of this renewal program.
All public housing tenants will be offered alternative accommodation of at least the equivalent size and we will work through this process with them.
We will work closely with tenants and community organisations to ensure that every tenant that needs additional assistance is supported to move to their new home.
We will keep tenants informed of when things are happening and ensure their views are taken into account.
For further information please read the Frequently Asked Questions fact sheet.
Review of Residential Tenancies Act
The Justice and Community Safety (JACS) directorate is currently reviewing the Residential Tenancies Act, the legislation which regulates the relationship between landlords and tenants in the ACT, including people who rent from Housing ACT.
The Review aims to ensure that the Act is operating effectively and that it continues to provide a fair balance between the rights of tenants and landlords.
For more information about the Review, visit the JACS website at http://www.justice.act.gov.au/review/view/30/title/review-of-the-residential-tenancies
ACT Omnibus Draft Territory Plan Community Consultation
The ACT Government is preparing an ‘Omnibus’ Draft Territory Plan Variation that will propose changing zoning and development opportunities for approximately 17 sites across Canberra, including several public housing sites. These planning changes will pave the way for appropriate redevelopment in the future.