LIA FINOCCHIARO MLA
LEADER of the Opposition
Leader of the Opposition
More resources needed to administer Home Improvement Scheme
The Gunner Government needs to urgently address issues the Home Improvement Scheme has unwittingly created with work flow problems for tradies, Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro said today.
“Many tradespeople who had work lined up before the Scheme was announced suddenly found those requests for jobs being cancelled because homeowners wanted to apply for works under the Scheme instead. Now these tradies have to wait possibly weeks or months before they find out if these clients receive funding,” Mrs Finocchiaro said.
“One of the main reasons for the Scheme was to boost tradies’ work during the downturn. With the time lag on job approvals, some tradies now have little work because they’re waiting on the Government to approve works under the Scheme, which could take until September or October.
“This is an unintended consequence of the Scheme’s design, but it means many tradies are copping the reverse of what the Scheme intended.
“The Government should dedicate more resources to approve works as quickly as possible, so tradies can plan work sooner rather than in months. The fact only 526 applications have been approved out on more than 19,500, shows more resources are needed.
“Furthermore, it’s pretty poor that only 40 out of 2400 applications have been approved in Alice Springs.
“This policy is a flagship of the Government’s economic response to COVID-19, it needs to get it right,” Mrs Finocchiaro concluded.