Australian Government, 2010‑11 Budget
Budget

Part 1: Expense Measures (Continued)

Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Age Pension — new work bonus

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Veterans' Affairs - 0.1 1.0 0.7 0.6
Centrelink - 0.1 2.5 1.1 0.8
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - 24.5 29.0 29.6
Total - 0.2 28.1 30.9 31.0
Centrelink - 2.5 - - -
Department of Veterans' Affairs - 1.0 - - -
Total - 3.5 - - -

The Government will amend the Work Bonus to improve the incentive for age pensioners to participate in the workforce from 1 July 2011.

The amount an age pensioner can earn before their pension is reduced will be increased. The new Work Bonus will allow age pensioners to earn up to $250 a fortnight without it being assessed as income under the income test at a cost of $93.7 million over four years. Under these changes, the Work Bonus can be 'annualised'. This means age pensioners will now be able to accumulate any unused amount of their $250 bonus every fortnight for up to 12 months. The unused amount can carry forward between years, up to a total of $6,500.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Better Baby Bonus

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - - -

The Government will provide eligible families with new babies $500 of their Baby Bonus entitlement upfront from 1 July 2011.

The total amount of the Baby Bonus will remain unchanged at $5,294, meaning that the first fortnightly payment will be $868.77 with 12 subsequent payments of $368.77. This will help parents with the upfront costs of having a new baby. These can be items such as a new bassinette, pram, clothes and other necessities. The ongoing fortnightly payments help meet recurrent costs.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment outlined in the press release of 4 August 2010 issued by the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Breaking the cycle of drug and alcohol abuse in Indigenous communities

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Various Agencies - - 5.4 6.6 6.7
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - 0.6 0.4 0.3
Total - - 6.0 7.0 7.0

The Government will provide $20.0 million over three years to support community led solutions for tackling alcohol and substance abuse in Indigenous communities. Funding will be provided to assist Indigenous communities to work with government and non-profit organisations, in order to develop and implement alcohol and drug abuse management plans and provide prevention programs to tackle youth substance abuse.

This funding includes $1.3 million over three years for the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs to administer the program and to implement a National Framework for Tackling Alcohol and Substance Abuse through the Council of Australian Governments.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Canonisation of Mary MacKillop — celebrations

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - - -

The Government provided $1.5 million in 2010‑11 to support the celebration of the canonisation of Mary MacKillop.

Funding of $0.6 million was provided to support a youth contingent and Indigenous representatives to travel to the canonisation ceremony in Rome, education material and public events. An additional $0.3 million was provided to contribute to the expenses of 7,000 Australians attending the official events in Rome. The remaining $0.7 million was provided to the Mary MacKillop Foundation.

This funding was provided from the Community Investment Program.

See also the related revenue measure titled Philanthropy — updating the list of specifically listed deductible gift recipients under the Treasury portfolio.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians — establishment of expert panel

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - - -
Attorney-General's Department - - - - -
Total - - - - -

The Government will provide $11.2 million over two years to establish an expert panel to consult broadly on progressing the recognition of Indigenous Australians in the Constitution. The expert panel will comprise of Indigenous leaders, Members of Parliament, constitutional lawyers and community representatives.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Attorney-General's Department.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Ex gratia payments — Australian Thalidomide victims

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.3

The Government will provide $1.3 million over five years (including $0.3 million in 2014-15) to exempt annuities received by Thalidomide survivors from the social security income test by amending the Social Security Act 1991. The Government will make ex gratia payments in the interim until the legislative amendment is considered.

Family Support — strengthening child protection in the Northern Territory

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - - -

The Government will provide funding of up to $35 million over four years to implement a number of initiatives that will assist in strengthening child protection in the Northern Territory including:

  • $25 million over four years to expand family support services and provide intensive parenting education, home visiting and homemaker services for parents referred for income management through the Northern Territory child protection system. This will support up to 100 additional community-based family support workers in expanded and newly funded services by 2013‑14;
  • $7.6 million over two years for a new mobile child protection team and 22 additional remote Aboriginal family and community workers; and
  • $1.5 million in 2010‑11 to expand identity card technology to assist in enforcing alcohol restrictions in the Northern Territory.

The cost of the family support initiatives will be met from within existing funding for the Family Support Program. The funding for assistance in enforcing alcohol restrictions will be provided through the Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory National Partnership.

Further information can be found in the press release of 18 October 2010 issued by the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Minister for Indigenous Health.

Financial Management and Community Investment Program — redirection of funding

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - -2.8 -1.6 - -

The Government will redirect $2.8 million in 2010‑11 from the Financial Management Program and $1.6 million in 2011‑12 from the Community Investment Program to contribute to the establishment of the Problem Gambling Taskforce.

See also the related expense measure titled Problem Gambling Taskforce under the Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs portfolio.

National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - -0.5 11.7 6.0 9.5

The Government will provide $44.1 million over four years for programs to support the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan). The Government will reallocate $17.4 million of funding over four years from the Gender Equality for Women program to partially offset the related expenses.

The National Plan is a twelve year plan to coordinate the efforts across governments and the community to achieve a long-term, sustainable reduction in the prevalence of domestic violence and sexual assault.

In the first four years of the National Plan the Government will fund a range of programs to provide Commonwealth leadership and coordination including local community action to reduce violence against women, expand telephone support and establish a National Centre of Excellence. This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Paid Paternity Leave

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Centrelink - 0.1 0.7 3.7 3.5
Medicare Australia - - 0.4 1.2 1.2
Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman - - 0.2 0.9 0.8
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - 65.1 70.0
Total - 0.1 1.3 70.9 75.4
Australian Taxation Office - - - -0.8 -1.2

The Government will introduce a Paid Paternity Leave scheme from 1 July 2012 at an estimated cost of $149.7 million over four years. The scheme will provide financial support for fathers and other partners to spend time at home with their newborn or adopted child.

The Government funded scheme will provide eligible fathers and other partners with two weeks leave paid at the National Minimum Wage, currently $570 per week. Fathers or other partners who are sharing the child's care will be eligible for the scheme if they have worked at least 330 hours for 10 of the 13 months preceding the birth or adoption and have earned adjusted taxable income of less than $150,000 in the previous financial year. The income of the primary carer, usually the mother, will not count towards the income test.

Paid Paternity Leave will be available to eligible fathers or other partners regardless of whether the mother receives Government funded Paid Parental Leave. Parents will still be able to transfer the 18 weeks Paid Parental Leave between themselves.

This measure delivers on the Government's 2010 election commitment outlined in the press release of 19 August 2010 issued by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Problem Gambling Taskforce

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 2.8 1.6 - -

The Government will provide $4.4 million over two years to support the Problem Gambling Taskforce. This will fund expenses associated with the Expert Advisory Group on gambling, COAG Select Council meetings and secretariat functions.

See also the related saving measure titled Financial Management and Community Investment Program — redirection of funding under the Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs portfolio.

This measure delivers on the Government's agreement with the Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie MP.

Support the Garma Cultural Studies Institute

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - - -

The Government will support the continuation of the work of the Garma Festival through a commitment of $2 million to the Garma Cultural Studies Institute. The Institute partners with academic institutions to advance wider cross cultural understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The cost of this measure will be met from the Aboriginal Benefits Account, a special account established under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Supported Accommodation — investment

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 0.3 8.0 26.0 25.7

The Government will provide $60.0 million over four years for capital grants to community and other organisations for the construction by 2014 of 150 new supported accommodation and respite places for people with a disability.

Projects that could receive direct capital funding include: renovations of existing homes that can be used for supported accommodation; contributions towards building a facility close to community and health services; or expanding an established facility to provide more places.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment, outlined in the press release of 29 July 2010, issued by the Prime Minister, the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children's Services.

Western Australia's Appealathon and Telethon — contribution

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - - -

The Government will provide $3.0 million in 2010‑11 to support two Western Australian television charity appeals. The Channel 9 Appealathon will receive $1.5 million and the Channel 7 Telethon will receive $1.5 million.

This funding will be provided from the Community Investment Program.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

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