The Queensland Government: Reinstate funding for the "Tenant Advice and Advocacy Services" program
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Tenant advice and advocacy services delivered by the Tenants’ Union of Queensland and 22 local tenant advice services across Queensland will cease to operate on 30 June 2013 unless the Queensland government re-instates funding soon.
Less than 15% of the interest generated on tenants’ bonds had been used to fund these services through the Tenant Advice and Advocacy Service (TAAS) Program, but this funding was withdrawn in 2012 as a part of the Queensland government’s budget cuts. On 3 October 2012, three weeks before that withdrawal took effect, the Commonwealth government stepped in to provide emergency funding from 1 November 2012 until 30 June 2013.
If the Queensland government does not re-commit funds, tenants will be left without free, independent, specialist services after 30 June 2013.This will be a major blow to tenants who have had access to such services under various programs since the (then) National Party government funded the Housing Referral Worker Program in response to Expo 1988.
Most of the interest generated from tenants’ bonds is used to run the Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA), an impartial body which provides services across the residential tenancies sector. It is only fair that some of the interest generated on tenants' bonds is channeled into specialist services for tenants. Tenant advice and advocacy services aim to help tenants understand their rights and responsibilities, and assist them to be active participants in the systems governing their tenancy.
If you are concerned about this, please help by signing this petition to call for an immediate announcement of funding for independent tenant advice and advocacy services. Even if you’re not a renter now, you probably have been, or have family and friends who are.
500,000 Queensland renting households will be more vulnerable to homelessness and less able to achieve fair outcomes if funding is not reinstated by the Queensland government.
To find out how else you can help, please go to www.savetenantservices.net.au or like the "Save Tenant Services in Qld" page on Facebook.
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