Minister Anthony Roberts obfuscates the truth about cuts to tenants’ advice and advocacy services

In a media release issued on Sunday, 1 December, NSW Minister for Fair Trading Anthony Roberts claimed that the Park and Village Service is no longer funded to provide advice and advocacy to residential park residents because it did not apply for funding.

“What the release fails to mention is that PAVS did not apply for funding because it was ineligible to apply for funding, as was CPSA, its auspicing body,” said Senior Policy Advisor Charmaine Crowe.

Under the restructured Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Program (TAAP), three general resource services were rolled into one. Previously, the three services were the Older Persons Tenants’ Service (OPTS - also auspiced by CPSA), PAVS and the Tenants Union (TU).

To tender for the new resource service, the tendering organisation had to be incorporated. Neither PAVS or OPTS are incorporated. CPSA is incorporated but could not apply for funding because unlike the TU, it is not a community legal centre, which is a requirement to operate the new service.

The only way CPSA could have applied for the funding is if it entered into a consortium with a community legal centre. However, there were no centres wishing to partner with CPSA.

“The Minister’s claim that PAVS did not lose its funding is untrue. It and OPTS lost their funding under Fair Trading’s restructure of the TAAP.”

Contact: Charmaine Crowe Senior Policy Advisor
Mobile: 0422 707 332