ACT government’s public housing maintenance contract up for tender

One of the ACT’s most lucrative and most controversial contracts is up for grabs again.

The ACT government has called for tenders to maintain its public housing property portfolio.

Its 11,600 properties are currently looked after by Spotless, which also holds contracts with the Australian National University and Defence.

Their five-year, $242 million contract with the Community Services Directorate expired in June, but was extended until November next year to allow the “procurement process, including, if relevant, to transition the services to an incoming provider”, a Housing ACT spokeswoman said.

ACT Auditor-General Maxine Cooper last year lashed Spotless for failing to properly check up on tenants after work had been done in their home.

The company was supposed to follow up on 5 per cent of work orders each month to check the work, and is paid incentives or charged abatements as a result.

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