National Rental Affordability Scheme incentives

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MINISTER FOR SUSTAINABILITY, ENVIRONMENT, WATER, POPULATION AND COMMUNITIES

Senate Question No. 1226
Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, in writing, on 20 September 2011:
With reference to the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS):

(1)For Round 1, 2 and 3 can a table be provided listing the total number and percentage of NRAS incentives that were awarded but could not be accepted, disaggregating cash and tax deduction grants.

(2)Were these incentives simply returned to the NRAS funding pool and allocated in subsequent rounds.

(3)Can the key reasons be provided for applicants having to return incentives in (1) above, distinguishing between profit and not-for-profit organisations.

Senator Conroy: The Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has provided the following answer to the honourable Senator's question:

(1)For rounds one, two and three of the National Rental Affordability Scheme, information on offers of incentives that were not accepted was not collected or aggregated in the Scheme's program management system. Collecting this information from individual applications would require an unreasonable diversion of departmental staff resources. The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (the department) is seeking to capture this information as applicants respond to offers made under Round Four.

(2)Yes.

(3)For rounds one, two and three of the National Rental Affordability Scheme, information on offers of incentives that were not accepted was not collected or aggregated in the Scheme's program management system. Collecting this information from individual applications would require an unreasonable diversion of departmental staff resources. The department is seeking to capture this information as applicants respond to offers made under Round Four.