Australian Government, 2007–08 Budget

A Better Future for Indigenous Australians — Indigenous liaison pilot programme for the Family Court of Western Australia

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Attorney-General’s Department 0.2 0.2 0.3 -

The Government will provide $0.7 million over three years to the Family Court of Western Australia to employ two Indigenous Family Liaison Officers. The officers will help Indigenous families access family law services by providing information, education and support, and the funding will help the Family Court of Western Australia tailor services to the needs of Indigenous families.

A Better Future for Indigenous Australians — illegal foreign fishing — Indigenous rangers trial

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Customs Service - - - -

The Government provided $0.6 million in 2006-07 for the Australian Customs Service to undertake a 12 month trial of rangers from Indigenous communities in northern Australia to carry out surveillance activities in the coastal waters of northern Australia and to report sightings of illegal foreign fishing vessels.

Part of the cost of this measure ($0.3 million) has been met from within the existing resourcing of the Australian Customs Service.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 2 May 2007 issued by the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, the Minister for Justice and Customs and the Western Australian Minister for Regional Development, Fisheries, the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne.

A Better Future for Indigenous Australians — extension of the Return of Indigenous Cultural Property Programme

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 1.2 1.2 1.1 1.1

The Government will provide $4.7 million over four years for the return of Indigenous cultural property to the community of origin by extending the Return of Indigenous Cultural Property Programme. This programme enhances the existing repatriation activities being undertaken by the eight major museums in Australia.

This funding will also provide resources for the development and implementation of a framework for the repatriation of non-Australian Indigenous remains held in Australian collections.

Matching funding will be sought from state and territory governments.

A Better Future for Indigenous Australians — digitisation of Indigenous cultural resources

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies - 3.3 3.4 3.5

The Government will provide $10.2 million over three years from 2008-09 to digitise the remainder of the cultural and historical resource collection held by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

The continuation of this project will enable the Institute to complete the digitisation of its collection of Indigenous film, video, recorded sound and pictorial material to ensure these resources are preserved and accessible to future generations.

Provision for funding of $3.2 million in 2007-08 has already been included in the forward estimates.

A Better Future for Indigenous Australians — opportunities for education

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 13.8 16.5 26.0 28.1
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 3.1 12.4 19.6 5.5
Aboriginal Hostels Limited - - 1.2 1.2
Total 16.9 28.9 46.8 34.8

The Government will provide $177.4 million over five years (including $50.0 million in 2006-07) to support Indigenous students through the education system.

Funding of $69.1 million over four years (2007-08 to 2010-11) will be provided to the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) to expand the Indigenous Youth Mobility Programme from 640 to 1,500 places and the Indigenous Youth Leadership Programme from 250 to 1,000 places over this period. This will enhance training and employment services, assist with accommodation and provide leadership opportunities for Indigenous young people who relocate for education and training purposes.

In addition, funding of $65.3 million will be provided to DEST over three years (2006-07 to 2008-09) to support infrastructure works by existing non-government boarding schools in remote and regional areas. The funding for infrastructure will allow the repair and replacement of existing boarding school facilities and support new developments to accommodate more students.

The Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaCSIA) will establish three new boarding hostels and expand two existing boarding hostels at a cost of $38.8 million over four years (2007-08 to 2010-11). Aboriginal Hostels Limited will operate two of the new boarding hostels at a cost of $2.4 million over two years (2009-10 to 2010-11). Funding of $1.7 million over three years (2008-09 to 2010-11) will be provided to extend the YouthLinx and Reconnect programmes, administered by FaCSIA, allowing assistance and support to students of the new hostels.

A Better Future for Indigenous Australians — building an Indigenous workforce in government service delivery

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of the Environment and Water Resources 7.6 9.9 15.0 15.1
Department of Education, Science and Training 4.8 3.6 3.3 3.3
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 4.7 4.2 3.8 3.8
Department of Health and Ageing 2.9 2.0 1.8 1.8
Attorney-General’s Department 2.6 2.0 2.0 2.0
Department of Employment and Workplace Relations -7.5 -8.8 -9.1 -9.4
Total 15.0 12.9 16.7 16.7

The Government will provide $97.2 million over four years to convert Community Development Employment Project (CDEP) positions into normalised employment arrangements for participants who have been delivering certain services on behalf of the Australian Government or through services funded jointly by the Australian Government and state and territory governments. As a result of this measure, professional career paths for many Indigenous Australians will be developed in the areas of education, childcare, environment and heritage protection, Indigenous community policing and home and community care in urban and regional areas.

The cost of converting these CDEP positions will be offset by $35.9 million in reduced CDEP programme funding, resulting in net expenses of $61.3 million over four years.

A Better Future for Indigenous Australians — COAG Work Skills Vouchers

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 4.0 4.8 6.3 6.3

The Government will provide $21.4 million over four years to work with the Queensland, South Australian, Western Australian and Northern Territory Governments to increase the effectiveness of Work Skills Vouchers under the Skills for the Future package. The aim is to better address the special education needs of Indigenous adults aged 25 years or older in regional and remote communities. The funding will be used to develop courses targeted at local employment needs and, in some cases, to improve inadequate learning facilities. Funding will be matched by the participating states and territories.

This measure forms part of an agreement made by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on 13 April 2007. Further information can be found in the Communiqué, available from www.coag.gov.au.

A Better Future for Indigenous Australians — expanding employment pathways for Indigenous young people

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 8.5 7.9 8.1 8.4

The Government will provide $32.8 million over four years to create greater employment pathways for Indigenous young people through an Indigenous Access Scholarship and by improving the equity of ABSTUDY.

Funding of $27.7 million will be provided to give 1,000 disadvantaged Indigenous students per year access to a one-off payment of $4,000 on their commencement of an undergraduate course. This will assist with the costs of attending university. These students will also have access to the existing Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship valued at $2,120 in 2007. Furthermore, if they relocate from a rural or remote area, they will also have access to a Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship valued at $4,240 per year for up to four years. The combination of the new and existing scholarships is intended to increase higher education participation by students from low socio-economic backgrounds.

The ABSTUDY initiative involves funding of $3.0 million to extend the Youth Allowance independence status to ABSTUDY recipients, extend ABSTUDY Incidentals Allowance to students undertaking enabling courses and extend Crisis and Bereavement payments to ABSTUDY recipients. This is designed to better support Indigenous people who wish to pursue educational opportunities.

This measure involves funding for Centrelink of $1.3 million in 2007-08 and $0.3 million per annum over the following three years.

A Better Future for Indigenous Australians — Indigenous employment services

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 5.6 5.8 5.9 6.1
Department of Human Services 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
Department of Employment and Workplace Relations -5.5 -18.8 -20.7 -20.6
Total 0.6 -12.6 -14.3 -14.1
Related capital ($m)
Department of Employment and Workplace Relations 1.7 - - -

The Government will provide $496.9 million over five years (including $7.8 million in 2006-07) to further reduce welfare dependency among Indigenous Australians by replacing Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) in strong labour markets with an employment brokerage service, Structured Training and Employment Projects (STEP). STEP will help Indigenous job seekers gain employment by offering services such as pre‑employment preparation, supported employment, mentoring and post placement assistance.

CDEP will continue to operate in remote areas and in regional locations with weak labour markets. In these areas, a number of reforms will be introduced to help Indigenous job seekers transition from CDEP to mainstream employment. For instance, from 1 July 2007 CDEP providers will receive an incentive payment after placing people into non-CDEP employment for 26 weeks.

The cost of these services will be offset by $527.8 million in reduced CDEP funding. This measure includes $1.7 million in capital funding in 2007-08 for an IT system upgrade and $10.6 million over five years (including $2.3 million in 2006-07) for Centrelink to implement its elements of the measure.

Further information can be found in the press release of 17 February 2007 issued by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations.

A Better Future for Indigenous Australians — Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) programme — continuation of funding

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Employment and Workplace Relations - - - -

The Government will provide $50.7 million over four years to maintain funding for 1,000 CDEP places each year allocated to remote communities to support projects that seek to prevent and address family violence and substance misuse.

This measure continues the measure Community Development Employment Projects Programme — expansion of 1,000 additional places announced as part of the 2003-04 Budget and involves funding of $12.2 million in 2007‑08, $12.5 million in 2008-09, $12.8 million in 2009-10 and $13.2 million in 2010-11. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

A Better Future for Indigenous Australians — compliance and eligibility checks for Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) programme participants

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Employment and Workplace Relations -0.5 -17.7 -18.3 -19.2
Related capital ($m)
Department of Employment and Workplace Relations 0.5 - - -

The Government will provide $23.2 million over five years (including $2.4 million in 2006-07) to strengthen the compliance framework of the CDEP programme. This will involve checking the eligibility of participants through data matching with Centrelink and the Australian Taxation Office, and establishing a rolling compliance programme for all participants. The measure includes $1.6 million in 2007-08 for Centrelink to implement its elements of the new compliance arrangements.

This measure is expected to generate CDEP savings of $76.1 million over four years, producing a net saving of $52.9 million (including $1.7 million savings for Centrelink in the forward years due to more automated processing of claims and reviews).

This measure includes $1.0 million in capital funding over two years (including $0.5 million in 2006-07) for an IT system upgrade.

A Better Future for Indigenous Australians — enhancing opportunities for employment and participation in remote communities

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Employment and Workplace Relations 5.8 5.2 5.4 3.6
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.2
Total 6.3 5.7 5.9 3.8
Related capital ($m)
Department of Employment and Workplace Relations - - - -

The Government will provide $23.0 million over five years (including $1.3 million in 2006-07) to accelerate the removal of remote area exemptions that apply to activity testing for working age income support recipients living in remote communities. Income support recipients in these communities will be required to look for work or undertake other approved activities that will enhance their employment prospects.

This measure includes $15,000 in capital funding in 2006-07 for IT equipment.

This measure includes funding for Centrelink of $9.7 million over five years (including $0.5 million in 2006-07) to help implement these arrangements.

A Better Future for Indigenous Australians — expansion of playgroups for Indigenous families

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 2.3 3.4 4.0 4.1

The Government will provide $13.8 million over four years to expand playgroup services for Indigenous families.

This measure will establish six new Indigenous-specific Intensive Support Playgroups, increase funding for nine existing Intensive Support Playgroups and introduce a new model of 30 facilitated Locational Supported Playgroups. It is estimated that 6,100 children will benefit from these services. Services will be located in communities, particularly in regional and remote areas, where there is limited access to other early childhood support for Indigenous families.

These initiatives will assist in strengthening parenting skills of disadvantaged Indigenous families and in providing Indigenous children with access to age-appropriate activities.

A Better Future for Indigenous Australians — improved access to child care and early childhood services

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 1.8 7.8 6.4 7.5

The Government will provide $23.5 million over four years to improve access to child care and early childhood services for Indigenous Australians. This funding includes $0.4 million over four years for Centrelink to administer new Child Care Benefit claims arising from this measure.

This measure includes establishing 20 new child care service hubs in rural and remote communities that have high Indigenous populations. These new services will develop partnerships with other early childhood services, including health and family support services such as parenting and nutrition programmes. The Government will thereby deliver an integrated early childhood service in selected rural and remote communities.

This measure will also change the funding arrangements of 25 existing child care services over a three-year period, to operate under mainstream funding arrangements for child care rather than direct budget funding. This will provide parents who use these services with access to the Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Tax Rebate.

A Better Future for Indigenous Australians — Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children — continuation

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2
Related capital ($m)
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 0.1 - - -

The Government will provide $12.0 million over four years to continue the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children. This includes capital funding of $52,000 in 2007-08 for the purchase of IT equipment.

The survey records the development of Indigenous children in selected sites over time and will collect quantitative and qualitative data on health, family roles and relationships, child care, education, service provision and community issues. The data will be used in the development of interventions targeted at improving outcomes for Indigenous children.

Provision for $0.8 million per annum of this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

A Better Future for Indigenous Australians — continuation of Indigenous social and economic research

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - -

The Government will provide $0.8 million over four years to continue research into economic and social issues relevant to Indigenous people. The research will assist the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and other Government agencies to develop sound evidence-based policies and programmes.

This measure involves funding of $0.2 million per annum over four years from 2007-08. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

A Better Future for Indigenous Australians — improving accountability and increasing returns from Indigenous assets

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Employment and Workplace Relations 0.9 0.4 0.3 0.5

The Government will provide $2.2 million over four years to develop reforms to the Indigenous Land Corporation and Indigenous community trusts aimed to ensure that more Indigenous individuals and families can benefit from improved returns from Indigenous assets. This measure includes funding to:

  • develop best practice models and regulatory change for the management of Indigenous assets which will improve returns and increase transparency and accountability; and
  • develop a communication strategy which will promote awareness among trustees and beneficiaries of rights and responsibilities in respect to the trusts.

A Better Future for Indigenous Australians — accommodation support for education and health

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Aboriginal Hostels Limited 0.7 1.3 2.4 3.3
Related capital ($m)
Aboriginal Hostels Limited 14.1 5.3 1.9 -

The Government will provide $29.0 million over four years (including capital funding of $21.3 million) to build and operate hostel accommodation for remote Indigenous people who relocate from their community to access education, health and aged care services.

This measure will establish a new secondary student hostel in Kununurra, Western Australia, at a cost of $7.4 million, to provide accommodation for up to 40 Indigenous students who relocate from their homes in the Kimberley region to continue their education. This measure will also fund a 45-bed aged care nursing home in Kenwick, Western Australia, and hostel accommodation for up to 80 non-admitted renal dialysis patients to be located close to treatment services in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia.

A Better Future for Indigenous Australians — family centred primary health care

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Health and Ageing 6.3 8.9 11.6 11.4

The Government will provide $38.2 million over four years to establish six regionally based multidisciplinary teams to provide family focused primary health care in rural and remote areas where access to health care for Indigenous people is limited. These teams will enhance the capacity of existing services to provide comprehensive, coordinated primary health care focusing on individual health (including chronic disease management) as well as addressing family health needs. Teams will be progressively established over four years.

This measure includes funding of $6.1 million over four years for training and skill enhancement for managers of Indigenous services, with a focus on health service management to deliver family centred primary health care.

A Better Future for Indigenous Australians — Health @ Home Plus

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Health and Ageing 3.9 8.8 11.2 13.4
Medicare Australia 0.1 - .. ..
Total 4.0 8.8 11.2 13.4

The Government will provide $37.4 million over four years to fund child and family support through home visits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged under nine years in targeted remote and outer regional areas. Health professionals will provide regular nurse-led home visiting services to all Indigenous children in target regions from birth until they reach two years of age. Aboriginal Health Workers will provide home visits for at-risk Indigenous children aged 2-8 years in these regions. All home visiting teams will be coordinated and supported by a small number of Professional Support Teams.

The programme aims to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Indigenous children and their families by providing coordinated health care and assisting parents and children to access other relevant support services.

A Better Future for Indigenous Australians — continuing the National Illicit Drug Strategy — Indigenous Communities Initiative

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Health and Ageing 0.7 4.6 4.6 4.7

The Government will provide $14.6 million over four years to continue the National Illicit Drug Strategy — Indigenous Communities Initiative which provides funding for projects in Indigenous communities that aim to address drug and alcohol abuse.

This measure forms part of the Government’s commitment to further combat illicit drugs, including methamphetamines, and complements the Government’s broader National Illicit Drug Strategy.

A Better Future for Indigenous Australians — Centrelink access sites —continuation of funding

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - -

The Government will provide $12.5 million over four years to continue funding 50 Centrelink access sites. These sites help to provide Indigenous families and communities access to Centrelink’s services in rural and remote Australia.

This measure involves funding to Centrelink of $3.1 million per annum in 2007-08, 2008-09, and 2009-10, and $3.2 million in 2010-11. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

A Better Future for Indigenous Australians — foundations for Indigenous welfare reform

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - -

The Government will provide $10 million in 2006-07 to facilitate home ownership and lay the foundations for welfare reform. An agreement between the Australian Government and the Hope Vale community will be negotiated.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

A Better Future for Indigenous Australians — establishing quality health standards

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Health and Ageing 5.2 7.5 10.8 13.4

The Government will provide $36.9 million over four years to establish best practice and quality care standards across the Indigenous health sector. All Indigenous health care services will be required to meet accreditation standards by 30 June 2011.

This measure will support Indigenous health care services to achieve the same quality standards and business improvement practices as are applied in the broader health care system. It will include the management systems, clinical processes and physical infrastructure required to improve the quality and safety of health care service delivery for Indigenous Australians.

A Better Future for Indigenous Australians — Indigenous housing and infrastructure reforms

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 8.8 94.5 86.5 103.8

The Government will provide $293.6 million over four years to implement reforms to the provision of housing and infrastructure for Indigenous people.

This investment is in addition to existing funding and will provide for the construction of additional new Indigenous housing and an expanded programme for repairs and maintenance of existing Indigenous housing in remote areas.

This will contribute to addressing a backlog in the provision of housing for Indigenous people and reducing overcrowding and homelessness in remote areas. This measure will also focus on promoting opportunities for home ownership and strengthening tenancy arrangements.

A Better Future for Indigenous Australians — continuation of the Cape York Digital Network

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.6

The Government will provide $2.2 million over four years to continue operating six community online access centres in the remote communities of Hopevale, Napranum, Umagico, Coen, Injinoo and Lockhart River. These centres provide access to computers and online services, as well as IT training and support to all community members.

This measure extends the 2006-07 Budget measure titled Strengthening Indigenous Communities — Cape York Digital Network, which provided $0.8 million in 2005-06 to continue provision of telecommunications services in remote Cape York Indigenous communities until June 2007. This extension follows a review of the programme in 2006-07. The review found that the network was providing a valuable service to these communities and additional funding was required to continue the operations of the community online access centres.




Other measures in the Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs portfolio

Anniversary of Bali and London bombings and Bali trials — travel assistance to families

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - -

The Government provided $0.3 million in 2006-07 in assistance to survivors and family members of the victims of the 7 July 2005 London bombings and the 1 October 2005 Bali bombings. This assistance involved the provision of travel expenses to allow these people to attend first anniversary commemorations of these events, as well as the trials relating to the Bali bombings.

Assets test exemption for exceptional circumstances

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs * * * *

The Government will extend the assets test exemption period for principal home sale proceeds and the value of unfinished homes from 12 months to 24 months where there are exceptional circumstances. This measure will provide income support recipients who have not been able to purchase a new home or repair or replace a damaged home due to factors beyond their control, an extended period in which to do so without affecting their income support payments. The extended exemption period will commence on 1 July 2007.

The nature of this measure is such that a reliable estimate of its cost cannot be provided.

As an interim measure, the Government will also provide an estimated $44,000 in ex-gratia payments in 2006-07 to income support recipients who lost their home or had their home damaged as a result of Cyclone Larry in March 2006 and were not able to rebuild or repair their home within 12 months of the cyclone.

Further information can be found in the press release of 2 January 2007 issued by the Acting Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Assistance to Families at Risk of Overpayment — additional resourcing

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 3.4 0.1 - -

The Government will extend funding for the Assistance to Families at Risk of Overpayment measure for one year at a cost of $3.5 million. This will allow the completion of a review into the effectiveness of the measure.

This measure provides continued assistance to families at risk of Family Tax Benefit (FTB) overpayment. It will enable Centrelink and the Family Assistance Office to continue to help these families to estimate their income, understand the FTB system and improve awareness of their payment choices.

This measure continues arrangements announced as part of the 2005-06 Budget measure Assistance to Families at Risk of Overpayment.

This measure involves funding for Centrelink of $3.4 million in 2007-08 and $0.1 million in 2008-09.

Assurance of Support simplification package

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 5.6 2.5 2.5 2.5

The Assurance of Support (AoS) scheme involves a commitment by an assurer to the Australian Government to provide financial support to a new resident and repay certain social security payments which they receive during the AoS period. The AoS period ranges from two to ten years, depending on the visa category involved.

The Government will provide an additional $13.1 million over four years to simplify the AoS scheme and streamline its administration.

The simplification of the scheme includes abolishing AoS requirements for Skilled Migrant, Carer and Emergency Visa categories and streamlining programme administration.

This measure includes funding to Centrelink of $5.2 million in 2007-08, $2.1 million in 2008-09, $2.0 million in 2009‑10 and $2.1 million in 2010-11.

Australian Early Development Index — funding for Stage 2

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 1.4 1.1 1.2 -

The Government will provide $3.7 million over three years to expand the use of the Australian Early Development Index (AEDI), which measures children’s development in the years prior to fulltime schooling. This measure will enable the AEDI to be re-run in the same communities in which it was conducted between 2004 and 2006. The funding will also allow the AEDI to be conducted in an additional 14 communities identified as highly disadvantaged, and will provide for the development and trial of an Indigenous AEDI as a means of assessing key aspects of Indigenous children’s development.

Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth — additional resourcing

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 2.1 2.2 - -

The Government will provide $4.2 million over two years to the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY). This funding will enable the ARACY to continue to pursue its core operations of encouraging collaboration in the development and application of research.

The ARACY is an organisation that brings together researchers, policy makers and practitioners who focus on children and young people’s health and wellbeing.

Baby Bonus — introducing birth registration as a condition

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1

From 1 July 2007 eligibility for the Baby Bonus will become conditional on parents having taken steps to register the birth of their child. The Government will provide $1.0 million over five years (including $0.5 million in 2006-07) to implement this arrangement.

Linking eligibility for the Baby Bonus to birth registration will facilitate the collection of more accurate and timely information about births and population trends.

This measure includes funding for Centrelink of $0.5 million in 2006-07, $0.2 million in 2007-08, $0.1 million in 2008-09, $96,000 in 2009-10 and $97,000 in 2010-11.

Bushfire assistance — ex-gratia payments to victims of the bushfires in Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 0.1 - - -

The Government will provide $2.0 million (including $1.9 million in 2006-07) for ex-gratia payments to individuals whose homes were severely damaged by the December 2006 bushfires in Tasmania and Victoria, and the February 2007 bushfires in Western Australia.

A payment of $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child is available to those whose principal place of residence was destroyed or rendered uninhabitable.

This measure includes funding for Centrelink of $0.5 million in 2006-07 and $85,000 in 2007-08.

Further information on Government assistance following the bushfires in Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia can be found in the press releases of 14 December 2006, 15 December 2006 and 22 February 2007 issued by the Prime Minister.

Carer bonus

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 3.9 - - -

The Government will provide $394.3 million (including $390.3 million in 2006-07) for a lump sum payment to carers, in recognition of their contribution in caring for people with disabilities and the frail aged. Carer Payment recipients will receive $1,000 and recipients of Carer Allowance will receive $600 for each eligible person in their care. Those receiving both payments on 8 May 2007 will also receive both lump sum payments.

In addition, those receiving both the Carer Allowance and either the Wife Pension or Department of Veterans’ Affairs Partner Service Pension on 8 May 2007 will receive both bonus payments.

A small number of claimants who after 1 July 2007 are determined by Centrelink to be eligible for the qualifying payments as at 8 May 2007 will receive the bonus.

Carer ex-gratia payment

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 6.5 - - -

The Government will provide one-off funding of $6.5 million over two years (including $10,000 in 2006-07) for ex‑gratia payments to families who are not eligible for the Carer Payment but have significant caring requirements and a need for support for a child under 6 years of age diagnosed with a major disability or severe illness.

This funding includes $1.5 million to undertake a review of Carer Payment (Child) and to establish an advisory group to assess applications for ex-gratia payments.

Child care — integrated quality assurance system

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 2.5 2.3 2.3 2.3

The Government will provide $10.7 million over five years (including $1.4 million in 2006-07) to integrate separate aspects of the Child Care Quality Assurance (CCQA) system and to enable Indigenous child care and In-home Care services to participate in the system.

This measure also includes ongoing funding for quality assurance (QA) spot checks to ensure the performance of accredited child care services remains consistent with QA requirements.

The CCQA system monitors the quality of care provided by child care services and also assists them to identify areas for ongoing development.

Child Care Benefit — increased rates

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 142.6 136.5 132.8 135.7

The Government will provide $728.5 million over five years (including $0.6 million in 2006-07) to increase the rate of Child Care Benefit (CCB) by 10 per cent, on top of annual indexation. The increase in CCB assistance will result in reduced Child Care Tax Rebate payments of $180.1 million over four years, as families will have lower out‑of‑pocket costs. As a result, the net cost of this measure is $548.2 million over five years.

This increase in CCB will apply from 1 July 2007, making child care more affordable for families. A family on maximum rate CCB with one child in Long Day Care for 40 hours per week will receive an extra $16.40 per week.

This measure involves funding for Centrelink of $0.6 million in 2006-07, $1.9 million in 2007-08, $0.6 million in 2008-09, $0.3 million in 2009-10 and $19,000 in 2010-11.

See also the related expense measure titled Child Care Tax Rebate — conversion to a direct payment in the Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs portfolio.

Child care in regional and remote Australia — additional resourcing

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 8.6 10.2 12.0 13.0

The Government will provide an additional $43.8 million over four years to child care services located in regional, remote and very remote communities.

This includes funding of $15.7 million over four years to provide remote and outer regional Long Day Care services with a 20 and 30 per cent increase in operational funding support, respectively. Privately operated services in remote and regional areas with high demand will be eligible for this type of financial support for the first time. The additional funding also includes $3.0 million to upgrade or expand existing Long Day Care facilities in regional and remote areas.

In addition, this measure will provide $1.9 million over four years to issue grants of $5,000 to potential new Family Day Care providers to enable them to make alterations to their homes to make them suitable for Family Day Care. The Government will also provide funding of $5.1 million over four years for Network Support for Family Day Care services to support the new carers.

Also included is an additional $8.0 million over four years to increase In-home Care places in remote and very remote areas. From 1 July 2007, the proportion of providers an In-home Care service must have working in remote areas in order to qualify for the higher (remote) rate of service support will decrease from 51 to 21 per cent.

The funding also includes $10.1 million over four years to increase the rates for grants provided to outside school‑hours care services in remote areas. This is expected to lead to approximately 100 new services being established in outer regional areas as well as 100 in remote and very remote areas.

Child care Inclusion Support Subsidy — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 14.9 15.3 15.8 16.3

The Government will provide $71.3 million over five years (including $9.0 million in 2006-07) to increase support for child care services that provide care to children with ongoing high support needs. Provision for the 2006-07 funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Funding will be provided through the Inclusion Support Subsidy programme to respond to growing demand for child care which can meet the needs of children with high support needs, in particular children with a disability. This measure will also provide funding for the increased workload of Inclusion Support Agencies associated with administration of the programme.

Child Care Tax Rebate — conversion to a direct payment

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 514.6 558.5 610.7 662.9
Australian Taxation Office 0.6 -1.1 - -
Total 515.2 557.3 610.7 662.9
Related revenue ($m)
Australian Taxation Office - 425.0 475.0 530.0

The Government will convert the existing Child Care Tax Rebate (CCTR) to a direct payment administered through Centrelink at a cost of $1.4 billion over five years (including $451.0 million in 2006-07).

From 1 July 2007, families will receive the CCTR — which covers 30 per cent of out-of-pocket costs, up to a maximum of $4,000, plus indexation — as a direct payment, soon after the financial year in which they incur child care costs. The change means that the CCTR will be received nearer to the time when costs are incurred by parents compared to current arrangements.

Families will still receive a rebate for out-of-pocket costs incurred in 2005-06, under the existing tax system arrangements. This means families with out-of-pocket costs for both 2005-06 and 2006-07 will receive two rebates in 2007-08 — one through the tax system, and one as a direct payment.

The change in the delivery of the CCTR from a tax offset to a payment also means that families with insufficient tax liability to absorb their full CCTR entitlement will now receive their full rebate.

The cost of this measure is largely due to the bring-forward in the timing of payments and the earlier recognition of expenses following the conversion of the tax rebate to a direct payment. As a payment, expenses are recognised in the year that families incur their out-of-pocket costs, where previously the ATO recognised the expense in the year that the rebate was paid. This difference means that the change in the delivery of CCTR is associated with a significant bring-forward in administered outlays.

This measure includes funding for Centrelink of $0.2 million in 2006-07, $3.4 million in 2007-08, and $0.9 million in each of the following three years.

See also the related expense measure titled Child Care Benefit — increased rates in the Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs portfolio.

COAG — a new national approach to early childhood education and regulation

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 0.6 0.4 - -
Department of Education, Science and Training 0.2 0.3 - -
Total 0.8 0.6 - -

The Government will provide up to $1.4 million over two years to contribute towards a cross-jurisdictional taskforce on early childhood education and care. The taskforce will develop the scope and implementation plan for an Intergovernmental Agreement on a national approach to quality assurance and regulation for early childhood education and care. This Agreement aims to improve standards in early childhood services, remove overlaps and duplication between State and Commonwealth regulation and reduce red tape for service providers. Costs will be shared with the State and Territories, with the Commonwealth contribution identified in this measure.

This measure forms part of the Agreement made by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on 13 April 2007. Further information can be found in the Communiqué, available from www.coag.gov.au.

Commonwealth State and Territory Disability Agreement — negotiation of new agreement with the States and Territories

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 153.7 156.4 159.2 162.1

The Government has offered the State and Territory governments $3.3 billion over five years (including $165.0 million in 2011-12) as part of a new Commonwealth State and Territory Disability Agreement (CSTDA) for the period 2007-08 to 2011-12.

Under the agreement, the Australian Government’s primary responsibility is to provide disability employment services, while the States and Territories are responsible for disability accommodation support, community support services and respite care. The Australian Government expects to spend $2.5 billion over five years on disability employment services, in addition to the $3.3 billion it has offered the States and Territories under the terms of the new CSTDA.

The funding for the new agreement is conditional on the States and Territories:

  • agreeing to focus on improving transparency and accountability;
  • quantifying unmet needs;
  • initiating independent accreditation systems; and
  • improving access to mainstream disability services for Indigenous people.

The State and Territory governments have not yet accepted the Australian Government’s offer for the new agreement.

This measure includes funding of $2.5 billion over five years that has already been included in the forward estimates.

Cyclones George and Jacob — assistance

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 0.1 - - -

The Government will provide $2.5 million over two years (including $2.4 million in 2006-07) in ex-gratia payments to support people whose homes were severely damaged by Tropical Cyclones George and Jacob during March 2007.

Ex-gratia payments of $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child are available to those whose principal place of residence was destroyed or rendered uninhabitable.

In addition, the Government will make a donation of $50,000 to the Cyclone George relief fund to provide assistance to those affected by the cyclones.

This measure includes funding for Centrelink of $0.3 million in 2006-07 and $59,000 in 2007-08.

Disability business services — continuation of case-based funding model

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - -

The Government will provide $116.0 million over four years to continue case-based funding for disability employment services to assist people with disabilities to gain and maintain employment. Case-based funding is a fee-for-service arrangement, where fees are paid to service providers to assist job seekers with a disability.

This measure involves funding of $28.2 million in 2007-08, $28.7 million in 2008-09, $29.3 million in 2009-10 and $29.8 million in 2010-11. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

This measure continues the 2003-04 Budget measure titled Disability employment assistance – introduction of a case based funding model.

East Timor 2006 — medical evacuees

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - -
Department of Health and Ageing - - - -
Total - - - -

The Government provided $1.5 million in 2006-07 to assist people who were medically evacuated to Australia with injuries resulting from the riots in East Timor in May 2006. Assistance was also provided for family members to escort those evacuated. This measure includes funding for Centrelink of $0.4 million.

Financial responsibilities of parenthood — development of an education resource

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 0.5 - - -

The Government will provide $0.5 million in 2007-08 for the development of an educational resource for high school students on the financial issues and responsibilities that arise from becoming a parent. The objective of the measure is to support students to better understand the financial costs associated with having a child and to provide them, as future possible parents, with the knowledge to effectively manage the Australian Government payments that may follow the birth of a child, including the Baby Bonus and Family Tax Benefit.

Funeral bonds means test exemption — increased threshold

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 1.3 0.7 0.7 0.7
Department of Veterans’ Affairs 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
Department of Employment and Workplace Relations .. .. .. ..
Total 1.5 1.0 0.9 0.9

The Government will increase the existing income and asset test exemption threshold from $5,000 to $10,000 per person for funeral bonds purchased by income support recipients, at an estimated cost of $4.3 million over four years. This change in threshold recognises the increase in funeral costs since the exemption threshold was introduced.

This measure involves funding for Centrelink of $0.9 million in 2007-08, $94,000 in 2008-09, $94,000 in 2009-10 and $95,000 in 2010-11.

Health Care Card for ex-Carer Allowance (child) students aged 16-25 years

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Health and Ageing 3.0 4.2 4.4 4.6
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 1.5 0.5 0.6 0.5
Total 4.5 4.7 5.0 5.1

The Government will allow students aged between 16 and 25 to retain a Health Care Card where their carer has been in receipt of Carer Allowance (prior to the student turning 16) at an estimated cost of $19.3 million over four years.

This measure will assist students who have a disability or medical condition and do not qualify for a Health Care Card under any other provisions.

This measure involves funding for Centrelink of $1.3 million in 2007-08 and $0.5 million per annum from 2008-09 to 2010-11.

Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey (HILDA) — extension of data collection

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 0.3 3.7 7.5 9.3
Related capital ($m)
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - 0.1

The Government will provide $20.9 million over four years to collect a further four waves of data in the HILDA survey as part of its long-term commitment to the study. The survey, established in the 1999-2000 Budget, follows the same households over time. It will continue to provide data necessary for longitudinal analysis of the effects of policy and other changes on families and household formation; labour market and education participation; and retirement and retirement preparation. The data is used by Government departments in policy development and evaluation and by Australian and international researchers.

This measure includes $57,000 in capital funding in 2010-11 to upgrade related computer systems.

Humanitarian settlement initiatives — extending the Crisis Payment to newly arrived humanitarian entrants on arrival in Australia

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 0.8 0.4 0.3 0.3
Department of Employment and Workplace Relations 0.6 1.2 1.2 1.2
Department of Education, Science and Training 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.2
Total 1.4 1.7 1.7 1.7

The Government will provide $6.4 million over four years to extend the qualification rules for the Crisis Payment to include humanitarian entrants on arrival in Australia. This is a one-off payment provided to humanitarian entrants to assist them to establish themselves in Australia.

This measure includes funding for Centrelink of $0.7 million in 2007-08 and $0.3 million per annum from 2008-09 to 2010-11.

See also the related expense measures titled Humanitarian settlement initiatives in the Immigration and Citizenship; Education, Science and Training; and Health and Ageing portfolios.

Influenza pandemic — managing the social and community impacts

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 4.9 1.3 1.0 0.8
Related capital ($m)
Centrelink 2.5 - - -

The Government will provide $10.5 million over four years to undertake preparations to manage the social and community impacts in the event of an influenza pandemic. Preparations will include developing a pandemic awareness training programme for social workers, a national volunteer database to match volunteer skills with opportunities and a framework to maintain critical social services provided by not-for-profit organisations.

This measure includes funding for Centrelink of $2.9 million in 2007-08, $0.9 million in 2008-09, $0.8 million in 2009-10 and $0.8 million in 2010-11. It also includes capital funding of $2.5 million in 2007-08 for computer system enhancements.

Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance — additional resourcing

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 16.4 0.2 -1.1 -0.1

The Government will provide additional funding of $15.4 million over four years for the Jobs, Education and Training (JET) Child Care Fee Assistance programme.

This programme provides eligible parents who are returning to work or undertaking eligible study or training courses with additional child care assistance. This assistance helps cover most of the difference between the fee families are charged by the child care service and the maximum rate of Child Care Benefit.

This measure expands on the 2006-07 Budget measure Child care — Jobs, Education and Training (JET) Child Care fee assistance continue and extend and will provide assistance to an additional 30,000 recipients per year.

This measure will also place a limit on the assistance a person can receive in consecutive 12-month periods for the same type of activity, excluding job search activities.

Men and Family Relationships Services and Family Relationships Education — continuation of funding

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - -

The Government will provide $26.8 million over four years to continue funding for the Men and Family Relationships Services and Family Relationships Education programmes.

This funding will assist men in managing a range of relationship issues with partners, ex-partners and children and provide preventive and early intervention services such as family relationships education and pre-marriage education.

This measure involves funding of $6.5 million in 2007-08, $6.6 million in 2008-09, $6.8 million in 2009-10 and $6.9 million in 2010-11. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Multiple Birth Allowance — extension of eligibility

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 2.1 2.6 2.6 2.7

The Government will provide $10.0 million over four years to extend the payment of Multiple Birth Allowance to include all eligible children aged under 16 years and students who are undertaking fulltime study until the end of the calendar year in which the student turns 18.

Multiple Birth Allowance recognises the extra costs faced by parents following the concurrent birth of three or more children. It is currently paid to families with multiple births who are eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A, until the children turn six.

This measure includes funding for Centrelink of $0.9 million in 2007-08, and $0.1 million per annum from 2008-09 to 2010-11.

National Disability Advocacy Programme — enhancements

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 2.8 3.3 2.9 3.3

The Government will provide $12.2 million over four years in additional funding for the National Disability Advocacy Programme. The additional funding will be used to provide advocacy services to people with disabilities and their families who are not able to communicate effectively about issues affecting their daily life. Funding will also be provided to establish a national quality assurance regime for better disability advocacy services.

Pension Bonus Scheme — enhancements

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 9.0 11.6 12.1 12.5
Department of Veterans’ Affairs 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.4
Total 9.1 12.0 12.4 12.9

The Government will provide an additional $46.4 million over four years to enhance the flexibility of the Pension Bonus Scheme (PBS). This includes funding to Centrelink of $3.6 million in 2007-08 and $0.7 million per annum from 2008-09.

The enhancements to the PBS involve:

  • providing the surviving spouse of a deceased member of the PBS with payment of the Bonus which had accrued to their spouse at the time of death;
  • allowing a ‘top-up’ of the Bonus if there is an increase in a PBS member’s rate of Age Pension in the 13 weeks following their claim;
  • providing Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Centrelink staff with further discretion to allow a PBS member to lodge their claim after the 13-week claim period in special circumstances; and
  • allowing PBS members to take employment-related leave, other than sick leave, as a non-accruing member for up to 26 weeks.

Reconnect — continuation of funding

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - -

The Government will provide $85.0 million over four years to continue funding for the Reconnect programme. This programme provides a range of community-based early intervention services aimed at family reconciliation and other support for young people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness.

This measure involves funding of $20.9 million in 2007-08, $21.1 million in 2008-09, $21.3 million in 2009-10 and $21.7 million in 2010-11. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Respite Support for Carers of Young People with Severe and Profound Disabilities — continuation and expansion of funding

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5

The Government will provide $29.8 million over four years to continue and expand the Respite Support for Carers of Young People with Severe and Profound Disabilities programme. This includes additional funding of $6.0 million above current funding levels.

This expansion in funding will provide additional immediate and short-term respite places for carers of young people with a severe or profound disability, taking the total number of carers assisted from around 5,000 to around 6,000.

This measure involves funding of $5.8 million in 2007-08, $5.9 million in 2008-09, $6.0 million in 2009-10 and $6.1 million in 2010-11. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Seniors bonus payment

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 11.3 - - -
Department of Employment and Workplace Relations - - - -
Department of Veterans’ Affairs - - - -
Total 11.3 - - -

The Government will provide $1.3 billion in 2006-07 and $11.3 million in 2007-08 for a one-off payment of $500 to individuals of Age Pension or Service Pension age receiving the Utilities Allowance, or Seniors Concession Allowance as at 8 May 2007. Individuals receiving Mature Age Allowance, Widows Allowance or Partner Allowance at 8 May 2007 will also receive the payment.

A small number of claimants who after 1 July 2007 are determined by Centrelink to be eligible for the qualifying payments as at 8 May 2007 will receive the bonus.

Social Security Agreement between Australia and Germany — supplementary agreement

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - -

The Government will provide $0.1 million in 2007-08 for the establishment of a supplementary social security agreement between Australia and Germany to cover Australia’s superannuation guarantee scheme. This agreement will eliminate the need for superannuation contributions to be paid in both Australia and Germany for employees sent temporarily between the two countries. This agreement was signed on 9 February 2007.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Further information on the supplementary social security agreement can be found in the press release of 9 February 2007 issued by the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Social Security Agreement between Australia and Korea — establishment

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - -

The Government will provide $3.1 million over four years to extend the current network of reciprocal social security agreements to include Korea. This measure includes funding for Centrelink of $0.9 million in 2007-08, $0.4 million in 2008-09, $0.2 million in 2009-10 and $0.2 million in 2010-11 to implement system changes and process additional age pension claims.

This agreement is expected to commence on 1 July 2008 and will improve access to the Age Pension for people who live for a time in both Australia and Korea. Australia and Korea will share financial responsibility for the pension, each paying a proportion of their pension based on the period of residence or insurance that recipients have accrued in each country.

This measure involves funding of $1.1 million in 2007-08, $0.6 million in 2008-09, $0.6 million in 2009-10 and $0.7 million in 2010-11. Provision for this has already been included in the forward estimates.

Volunteer Small Equipment Grants — expansion

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 13.9 13.8 14.0 14.2

The Government will provide $66.0 million over five years (including $10.0 million in 2006-07) to expand the Volunteer Small Equipment Grants programme. This funding will enable community organisations to purchase small equipment items to facilitate the work of their volunteers. Funding for Volunteer Small Equipment Grants has also been extended to help not-for-profit sporting organisations to cover costs such as club sporting equipment and uniforms, training of volunteer coaches, and travel to participate in sporting events.

The additional funding recognises the increased demand for assistance to community organisations in support of volunteers and sporting organisations.