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Question Without Notice No. 1421 asked in the Legislative Council on 26 November 2019 by Hon Nick Goiran

Minister responding: Hon P.C. Tinley
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

HOUSING — CHILDREN AT RISK

1421. Hon NICK GOIRAN to the minister representing the Minister for Housing:

I refer to question on notice 2579, to which the minister replied —

The Department of Communities does not capture data regarding ''children at risk'' under the Priority Housing Needs Policy and Priority Assessment Framework. Where indicators relating to ''children and risk'' are identified, this information would be recorded manually on a Priority Housing and Transfer Assessment Form.

(1) Given that the stated purpose of creating the mega Department of Communities was to facilitate seamless communication and service provision, can the minister access information that will inform, at a glance, how many children at risk are currently awaiting appropriate housing?

(2) How many of those children are on a priority list?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of this question.

(1)–(2) As previously advised, the Department of Communities does not capture data regarding children at risk who are awaiting appropriate public housing assistance. When indicators relating to children at risk are identified, this information would be recorded manually on a priority housing and transfer assessment form. Key risk factors for consideration of priority housing assistance include homelessness; threat to personal safety or aggravated by current housing situation; severe and ongoing medical condition caused or aggravated by current housing situation; and current housing situation impacting on wellbeing. Although the information is captured, recorded and considered at an individual level when assessing applications for priority assistance, this information is not collated globally for statistical purposes.