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Question Without Notice No. 383 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 August 2017 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon P.C. Tinley
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 15 August 2017

HOUSING AUTHORITY — TENANT BEHAVIOUR
      383. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing the Minister for Housing:
I refer to the Housing Authority's disruptive behaviour strategy and three-strikes policy.
      (1) What training do housing officers receive to identify tenants who are experiencing domestic violence to ensure that they are not issued with a strike?
      (2) Since January 2016, in how many instances has the Housing Authority proceeded with termination actions despite objection from the Department for Child Protection and Family Support?
      (3) Given that the Housing Authority and DCPFS both now fall within the Department of Communities, what strategies have been implemented to prevent women in a domestic violence situation from being evicted?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following information has been provided by the Minister for Housing. The Department of Communities advises —
      (1) Relevant staff are provided with family and domestic violence training delivered by Anglicare. This training provides staff with contemporary knowledge and management practices for assisting tenants who are victims of family and domestic violence. Staff are also provided with internal training on management of at-risk tenancies. This training includes case management and intervention strategies for assisting tenants and managing tenancies that may become at risk for a number of reasons, including family and domestic violence.
(2) The Department of Communities does not record this specific information.
      (3) The former Housing Authority and the Department for Child Protection and Family Support have now amalgamated to form the new Department of Communities. This amalgamation is a great opportunity to collectively provide proactive and integrated services to the most vulnerable in the Western Australian community. Senior staff are working to improve coordination of internal processes to maximise the opportunity for early intervention for individuals and families, including victims of family and domestic violence.