Australian Government, 2012‑13 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Australian Disability Enterprises Sector — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 10.3 13.3 16.6 19.4

The Government will provide $59.6 million over four years to Australian Disability Enterprises to continue supporting workers with disability across Australia participating in supported employment.

This measure provides ongoing funding that extends the Australian Disability Enterprises Sector — additional funding measure announced in the 2011‑12 Budget.

Australian Working Life Residency — strengthening requirements

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 0.6 -3.6 -19.5 -32.6
Department of Human Services - 0.5 2.6 0.6 0.6
Total - Expense - 1.1 -1.0 -18.9 -32.1
Department of Human Services - - .. - -

The Government will achieve savings of $50.8 million over four years by amending the Australian Working Life Residence (AWLR) rules applying to the Age Pension, from 1 January 2014. The new arrangements will strengthen Australian residency requirements and improve the equity of assessments and bring them more into line with international practice.

Under the change, Age Pension recipients who are overseas for more than 26 weeks will be paid their maximum entitlement of pension only if their AWLR is 35 years or more, rather than 25 years as applies under current arrangements. Pension recipients with less than 35 years AWLR will be paid a proportional rate. Pensioners overseas on the date of implementation will not be affected by this change unless they return to Australia for at least 26 weeks.

In addition, all partnered pensioners residing overseas will be paid based on their own AWLR rather than their partner's AWLR. Grandfathering provisions will protect existing customers who are currently being paid under an international agreement.

Cape York Welfare Reform Trial — extension

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 3.7 3.7 - -
Department of Human Services - 1.2 1.2 - -
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 1.0 1.0 - -
Total - Expense - 5.9 6.0 - -

The Government will provide $11.8 million over two years to extend the Cape York Welfare Reform Trial in the communities of Aurukun, Coen, Hope Vale and Mossman Gorge until 31 December 2013.

The trial will continue initiatives focussing on rebuilding social norms, improving education, and encouraging engagement in the real economy.

Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program — continuation of grandfathered wage arrangements

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs .. 9.6 40.4 38.9 38.7
Torres Strait Regional Authority - 5.4 4.9 4.8 4.7
Department of Human Services 0.1 -1.7 -1.5 -1.4 -1.4
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -1.4 -38.8 -36.3 -35.3 -35.3
Total - Expense -1.4 -25.4 7.5 6.9 6.8

The Government will provide $224.6 million over five years from 2012‑13 (including $38.1 million in 2016‑17) to continue grandfathering arrangements for Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) wages until 30 June 2017, with CDEP wages to be progressively removed from 1 April 2017. This measure will also continue the CDEP Participant Supplement of $20.80 per fortnight to eligible CDEP wage participants.

The continuation of grandfathered CDEP wage arrangements for a further five years will support Indigenous people in remote communities with work and training opportunities. It will also provide stability to CDEP wage participants as they move to the new Remote Jobs and Communities Program.

This measure will be partially resourced by cost reductions of $162.2 million over six years from 2011‑12, associated with the delay in the transition of CDEP wage participants to income support:

  • $150.0 million from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR);
  • $5.2 million from the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigneous Affairs (FaHCSIA); and
  • $7.0 million from the Department of Human Services.

The remaining cost of this measure ($62.8 million) will be fully offset over six years to 2016‑17 by:

  • $34.8 million in 2012‑13 from the FaHCSIA CDEP program;
  • $18.0 million over five years from 2012‑13 from the DEEWR Indigenous Employment Program in remote Australia; and
  • $10.0 million over five years from 2012‑13 within the existing resources of the DEEWR.

See also the related expense measure titled Remote Jobs and Communities Program — establishment in the DEEWR Portfolio.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 26 April 2012 issued by the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and the Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development.

Community Investment Program — reduction

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - -2.0 - - -

The Government will redirect $2 million in 2012‑13 from the Community Investment Program (CIP) to support other Government priorities. Around $182.8 million will remain in the CIP over the forward estimates.

Consolidation of the Indigenous Home Ownership Programs

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Indigenous Business Australia - 31.7 6.7 6.5 6.9
Indigenous Business Australia - -1.7 0.3 0.6 0.8
Indigenous Business Australia - - - - -

The Government will consolidate funding for the Home Ownership on Indigenous Land (HOIL) program and the Home Ownership Program (HOP) into a single Indigenous Home Ownership Program. This will enable more Indigenous Australians living in urban and regional areas to access concessional home loans.

This will provide an additional 275 concessional loans in 2012‑13 and a total of 545 concessional loans over four years.

The measure will enable greater flexibility in the use of housing funds to improve the housing outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

The fiscal balance impact includes the concessional component of the concessional loans. The concessional component does not impact on the underlying cash balance. This treatment reflects budget accounting standards and is consistent with the treatment of similar investments elsewhere in the budget.

Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians — community support

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - - -

The Government will provide $10 million to support activities that build the community's awareness and understanding of constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.

This work will be led by Reconciliation Australia, supported by a reference group of business and community groups, the Australian Human Rights Commission and the National Congress of Australia's First People and members of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians.

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

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 15 February 2012 issued by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Cultural Horsemanship Program for Indigenous Youth

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - - -

The Government will provide $75,000 in 2011‑12 to fund the Mona Aboriginal Corporation for a ten‑week Cultural Horsemanship Program for the Indigenous youth of Mount Isa.

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

Digital Productivity — remote hearing and vision services for children — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - - -

The Government will provide $4.9 million over four years from 2011‑12 to expand the Remote Hearing and Vision Services for Children initiative. This initiative will assist an additional 125 children with hearing and/or vision impairment in regional and remote Australia, building on the 100 children already supported by the Government.

The initiative provides access to information, guidance, support and skills development from qualified allied health professionals through video conferencing and online services for children with disability and their families living in communities where such expertise is scarce.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates as a 'decision taken but not yet announced' in the 2011‑12 Budget.

Further information can be found in the press release of 22 February 2012 issued by the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

This measure is part of the Government's broader digital economy strategy.

Family Tax Benefit Part A — change to age of eligibility

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Human Services - 6.3 1.1 1.0 1.1
Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education - 3.0 6.0 6.1 6.2
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 1.2 2.7 2.5 2.6
Department of Health and Ageing - -0.3 -1.3 -1.3 -1.4
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - -56.8 -112.1 -112.9 -114.9
Total - Expense - -46.6 -103.5 -104.6 -106.4
Department of Human Services - 0.2 - - -

From 1 January 2013, the Government will limit eligibility for Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A to young people under 18 years of age or, where a young person remains in secondary school, the end of the calendar year in which they turn 19. Individuals who no longer qualify for FTB Part A may be eligible to receive Youth Allowance subject to usual eligibility requirements. This change will focus payments in the family assistance system on families with children who are at school, while Youth Allowance will become the primary form of assistance to eligible young adults aged 18 and over.

This measure will provide savings of $360.9 million over four years (including capital of $0.2 million in 2012‑13).

This reform implements another recommendation of the Australia's Future Tax System review, and builds on the Government's growing record of tax and transfer reform.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

Glen Innes Open Door Youth Centre — contribution

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 0.1 - - - -

The Government will provide $80,000 in 2011‑12 towards the Glen Innes Open Door Youth Centre.

The Open Door Youth Centre will provide a safe, open environment, for young people aged 8 to 18 years, where various after school activities and programs are offered; and provide referrals to other programs and agencies where appropriate.

Household Assistance Package — information

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 14.0 22.1 - - -

The Government will provide $36.1 million over two years for an information campaign on the Household Assistance Package, a key element of the Clean Energy Future Plan. The information will raise awareness and understanding across the Australian community of the nature and timing of the payments, tax cuts and entitlements that will be available under the package. Information will be provided through print, radio and television and the Clean Energy Future website.

Income Management — extension

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Human Services - 9.9 0.1 3.1 -
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 6.0 - - -
Total - Expense - 15.9 0.1 3.1 -

The Government will provide $19.1 million to continue income management trial measures. These include extending the BasicsCard and a one year extension of income management in Western Australia.

Funding of $5.6 million will also be provided from 2012‑13 to 2014‑15 to continue the provision of BasicsCards to income support recipients. Existing BasicsCards, introduced in 2008, are due to expire on 30 June 2013. BasicsCards are the primary payment mechanism used under income management for clients to access their income managed money for the purchase of certain priority goods and services.

The Western Australian Trial, which provides Child Protection Income Management and Voluntary Income Management services to people in metropolitan Perth and the Kimberley Region of Western Australia, will continue until 30 June 2013 at a cost of $13.5 million. This trial commenced in November 2008. The measure includes the continuation of incentive payments and matched savings payments, as well as $5.0 million to continue Commonwealth financial counselling and money management services. These services are available to income management clients and to the broader community, with priority given to vulnerable people.

Julia Creek, Queensland — seniors housing and community services

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 4.7 - - - -

The Government will provide $4.7 million in 2011‑12 to build a minimum of eight purpose‑built housing units to meet the need for affordable and appropriate accommodation for senior residents of Julia Creek, Queensland. The funding will also provide for the construction of a purpose‑built Community Activities Centre, co‑located with the seniors housing and within proximity of the Julia Creek Hospital and Ambulance Centre.

Means test exemptions for the Western Australian Country Fuel Card and the Cost of Living Rebate Scheme — extension

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 5.6 5.7 5.9 6.1
Department of Veterans' Affairs - 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Total - Expense - 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.6

The Government will provide $25.5 million over four years to continue the income test exemption for the Western Australian Country Fuel Card and the Cost of Living Rebate Scheme. The exemption is due to terminate on 30 June 2012. Under the exemption, the value of the Country Fuel Card and the Cost of Living Rebate Scheme is not assessable under the social security or veterans' income tests.

Municipal and Essential Services — extension

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 43.4 - - -

The Government will provide $43.4 million in 2012‑13 to continue the Municipal and Essential Services Program for one year.

The measure will supplement the efforts of State governments to deliver basic municipal and essential services, including the operation and maintenance of community power, water and sewerage services, garbage collection and disposal, internal road maintenance, landscaping and dust control, animal and environmental health programs to around 350 remote and regional Indigenous communities in Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.

National Disability Insurance Scheme — First Stage

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 58.5 139.2 281.3 331.0
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 25.4 95.1 64.1 32.0

The Australian, state and territory governments have committed to working towards a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and agreed their shared responsibility for this important reform.

The Australian Government will provide $1.0 billion over four years for the first stage of an NDIS. This will deliver personalised care and support for up to 10,000 people with significant and permanent disability from 2013‑14 and expand to support up to 20,000 people from 2014‑15. Eligible individuals will be entitled to reasonable and necessary care and support that reflects their individual circumstances. The Government will provide funding of $342.5 million over three years from 2013‑14 for this purpose.

This first stage of an NDIS will occur in up to four launch locations, to be announced following negotiations with state and territory governments. The Government will be seeking to share the costs with state and territory governments of individual care and support for people with a significant and permanent disability, and will bear the full remaining costs of this initiative.

The Government will provide funding of:

  • $240.3 million over four years from 2012‑13 to build and operate the information technology system required to collect and analyse data to monitor client outcomes and measure the performance of the new arrangements;
  • $154.8 million over three years from 2013‑14 to employ Local Area Coordinators to provide a more individually focused approach to delivering assistance to people with a disability;
  • $122.6 million over four years from 2012‑13 to prepare the disability sector for the new way of delivering disability services with a focus on launch locations;
  • $58.6 million over three years from 2013‑14 to conduct assessments of people with a disability in launch locations to determine their eligibility and the appropriate level of individual care and support;
  • $53.0 million over four years from 2012‑13 to establish a new National Disability Transition Agency to coordinate the implementation and manage the delivery of care and support to people with a disability in the launch locations from 2013‑14;
  • $18.3 million over four years from 2012‑13 to continue the Commonwealth Taskforce responsible for providing policy advice to the government on the design, governance and funding of an NDIS;
  • $11.7 million over four years from 2012‑13 to undertake research into early interventions to improve support for people with a disability and to support the implementation of an NDIS, and provide training of Local Area Coordinators; and
  • $5.2 million over three years from 2013‑14 to evaluate the outcomes being achieved in launch locations to inform further decision making.

This builds on the $19.5 million announced by the Government in December 2011 to design the launch of an NDIS.

Lessons learned in proceeding with the launch and negotiations with the states and territories will inform when and how the Government proceeds to a full scheme.

Portability of Australian Government Payments

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Human Services - 3.8 1.4 1.4 1.4
Department of Veterans' Affairs - 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1
Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education - -0.7 -1.4 -1.4 -1.4
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -0.9 -1.9 -2.0 -2.0
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - -15.7 -34.0 -35.9 -37.7
Total - Expense - -13.4 -36.0 -38.1 -39.9
Department of Veterans' Affairs - 0.2 - - -

The Government will achieve savings of $127.2 million over four years from 2012‑13 by reducing the overseas portability period. From 1 January 2013, the period of time that people who travel overseas will continue to be paid will be reduced from 13 to 6 weeks for most income support and family payment recipients. Beneficiaries who are outside Australia on the date of implementation will retain the 13 week portability of their payments until they return to Australia. The Age Pension will be excluded as it can be paid overseas indefinitely, once certain criteria are met.

Some payments such as Parenting Payment and Family Tax Benefit also have a requirement which means that the portability period is not reset until the person has returned to Australia for a period of 13 weeks. This return period will also be reduced to 6 weeks.

This measure affects the following payments and benefits: Disability Support Pension, Parenting Payment, Carer Payment, Carer Allowance, Widow B Pension, Wife pension, Widow Allowance, Partner Allowance, Youth Allowance (student), Austudy, Mobility Allowance, Telephone Allowance, Pension Supplement, Utilities Allowance, Seniors Supplement, Clean Energy Supplement, Low Income Supplement, Concession Cards, Family Assistance, and Paid Parental Leave. Family Tax Benefit Part A payments above the base rate will be reduced to the base rate after 6 weeks of a temporary absence from Australia.

Remote Jobs and Communities Program — establishment of the Community Development Fund

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - 38.7 48.8 50.0

The Government will provide $137.5 million over three years from 1 July 2013 (with $50.0 million per annum ongoing from 2015‑16) to establish a Community Development Fund under the new Remote Jobs and Communities Program. This Fund will support capacity building in remote communities by providing one‑off grants to successful applicants for large community development and capacity building projects and activities including: governance and leadership training; larger scale community infrastructure; and housing and infrastructure maintenance programs.

This funding will include up to $1.2 million in 2013‑14 to support the development and agreement of an estimated 85 Community Action Plans aimed at building community capacity and stability, and increasing the economic and employment opportunities available to residents.

Establishment of the Community Development Fund will be funded by the termination of Job Services Australia, Disability Employment Services, the Indigenous Employment Program in remote Australia and the Community Development Employment Project program.

Further information can be found in the press release of 26 April 2012 jointly issued by the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and the Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development.

See also related expense measure titled Remote Jobs and Communities Program — establishment in the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio.

Replacing the Education Tax Refund with a Schoolkids Bonus

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 1,324.1 1,264.0 1,218.0 1,249.5 1,284.3
Various Agencies 3.8 10.7 9.8 9.7 10.1
Australian Taxation Office -812.0 -852.0 -857.0 -884.0 -901.0
Total - Expense 515.9 422.8 370.8 375.2 393.5
Various Agencies 0.5 3.4 0.1 0.1 -

The Government will provide $2.1 billion over five years for a new Schoolkids Bonus to provide guaranteed support to families with the costs of their children's education. This will replace the Education Tax Refund (ETR), which is currently available as a refundable tax offset. The Schoolkids Bonus will be made in two equal instalments in January and July each year commencing January 2013. As a transitional arrangement, the ETR in 2011‑12 will be replaced by a one‑off lump sum payment to eligible families in June 2012. Making these payments automatic will increase assistance to the many eligible families currently missing out on some or any ETR.

From January 2013, every family with a child at school will be guaranteed $410 per annum for each primary school student and $820 per annum for each secondary school student. All eligible families will receive the full rate of payment and will no longer need to keep receipts as proof of expense, or wait until tax time.

Eligibility for the payment will remain open to families with children enrolled and attending school who are in receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB A) or other qualifying income support payments or allowances under a prescribed educational scheme that precludes the family from receiving FTB A.

This reform implements another recommendation of the Australia's Future Tax System review and builds on the Government's growing record of tax reform.

School Enrolment and Attendance in Queensland — continuation

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Human Services - 0.6 0.7 - -
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 0.3 0.8 - -
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 0.2 0.2 - -
Total - Expense - 1.1 1.7 - -

The Government will provide $2.8 million over two years to continue until 30 June 2014 the School Enrolment and Attendance measure (SEAM) in Queensland.

SEAM in Queensland covers a total of 30 schools as part of the Welfare Payments Reform — child protection pilot and school attendance and enrolment pilot measure announced in the 2008‑09 Budget and extended in the 2010‑11 Budget. This measure places conditions on income support recipients to ensure compulsory school aged children are enrolled at school and attend regularly.

Services and Support for People with Disability program — Job Capacity Assessment efficiencies

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - -5.0 - - -

The Government will redirect $5.0 million in 2012‑13 from the Services and Support for People with Disability program to support other Government priorities. This will be achieved through efficiencies in the delivery of Job Capacity Assessments. Over $1.3 billion will remain in the Services and Support for People with Disability program over the forward estimates.

Spreading the Benefits of the Boom — increasing the rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 0.3 602.9 615.4 625.8

The Government will provide $1.8 billion over four years to ease the cost of living pressures on families by increasing the maximum payment rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB‑A) by $300 per annum for families with one child and $600 per annum for families with two or more children. For families receiving the base rate of FTB‑A, the increase will be $100 per annum for families with one child and $200 per annum for families with two or more children. The increased rate will come into effect from 1 July 2013.

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory — child, youth, family and community wellbeing

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 15.5 nfp nfp nfp
Department of the Treasury - 13.4 nfp nfp nfp
Total - Expense - 28.8 nfp nfp nfp

The Government will provide $141.6 million over four years ($326.3 million over ten years) for measures to support child, youth, women's and men's wellbeing and the continuation of eight programs under the Alice Springs Transformation Plan.

The primary focus of this measure will be to bundle child, youth, women's and men's programs under an expansion of the remote Communities for Children model to a further 15 priority communities (that will also provide outreach to smaller communities and outstations) and to continue support for the Youth in Communities program in 30 priority communities. Funding will also provide for the construction of new staff accommodation in some of the Communities for Children sites.

In addition, funding will provide for Remote Aboriginal Family and Community Workers, as well as the continuation of two Mobile Child Protection Teams and operational funding for existing safe houses. The eight community‑driven projects under the Alice Springs Transformation Plan will also continue, with the aim of addressing school attendance and education, child neglect, domestic violence and alcohol abuse in the Alice Springs town camps and Alice Springs municipality.

A portion of the total funding for the measure will be administered by the Department of the Treasury through the Federal Financial Relations Framework.

This measure is part of the Government's Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package. The expenditure for this measure is not for publication (nfp) from 2013—14 as it is subject to negotiation with the Northern Territory Government.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 29 March 2012 issued by the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the Minister for Early Childhood and Childcare, the Minister for Indigenous Health, and the Senator for the Northern Territory, Senator Trish Crossin.

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory — community safety and justice

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Attorney-General's Department - 30.0 nfp nfp nfp
Department of the Treasury - 21.3 nfp nfp nfp
Australian Crime Commission - 2.6 nfp nfp nfp
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 0.8 nfp nfp nfp
Australian Federal Police - 0.7 nfp nfp nfp
Total - Expense - 55.4 nfp nfp nfp

The Government will provide $239.6 million over four years ($619.3 million over ten years) to maintain a policing presence in remote areas of the Northern Territory, to construct permanent remote police stations, and to continue the operation of the Substance Abuse Intelligence Desks and Dog Operations Units, community night patrols and the Indigenous legal assistance service providers. It will also maintain the presence of Australian Federal Police officers on the National Indigenous Violence and Child Abuse Intelligence Taskforce for two years.

A portion of the total funding for this measure will be administered by the Department of the Treasury through the Federal Financial Relations Framework.

This measure is part of the Government's Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package. The expenditure for this measure is not for publication (nfp) from 2013‑14 as it is subject to negotiation with the Northern Territory Government.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 28 March 2012 issued by the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the Attorney‑General, the Minister for Indigenous Health, and the Senator for the Northern Territory, Senator Trish Crossin.

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory — healthy homes

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of the Treasury - 4.9 nfp nfp nfp
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 1.5 nfp nfp nfp
Total - Expense - 6.4 nfp nfp nfp

The Government will provide $54.2 million over four years to continue initiatives to help improve housing for Indigenous Australians, including:

  • the removal of asbestos‑containing materials and the development of asbestos management plans for communities where the Commonwealth has assumed potential liability for injury or illness related to asbestos, including in 64 communities where the Commonwealth has five‑year leases;
  • case management and support under the Alice Springs Transformation Plan for people with complex social housing needs who are at risk of becoming homeless; and
  • the negotiation of voluntary leases over social housing and other Commonwealth assets in 73 communities where the Commonwealth has assets and/or five‑year leases.

This measure is part of the Government's Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package. The expenditure for this measure is not for publication (nfp) from 2013—14 as it is subject to negotiation with the Northern Territory Government.

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory — improving Indigenous housing in the Northern Territory

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of the Treasury - 22.4 nfp nfp nfp
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - -22.4 nfp nfp nfp
Total - Expense - - nfp nfp nfp

The Government will provide $22.4 million in 2012‑13 to support further improvements to Indigenous housing in the Northern Territory.

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

This measure is part of the Government's Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package. The expenditure for this measure is not for publication (nfp) from 2013—14 as it is subject to negotiation with the Northern Territory Government.

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory — municipal and essential services in the Northern Territory — extension

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of the Treasury - 5.0 nfp nfp nfp
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - -20.0 nfp nfp nfp
Total - Expense - -15.0 nfp nfp nfp

The Government will provide $67.8 million over four years ($206.4 million over ten years) to continue to support the provision of municipal and essential services in the Northern Territory. This will include the funding of core essential services for homelands, outstations and town camps such as power, water, sewerage and maintenance of access roads to approximately 9,000 people living in small communities across the Northern Territory. In addition to the Commonwealth contribution, the Northern Territory Government will provide $15 million in 2012‑13.

The cost of this measure will be partially offset by savings within the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs of $20 million in 2012‑13.

A portion of the total funding for the measure will be administered by the Department of the Treasury through the Federal Financial Relations Framework.

This measure is part of the Government's Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package. The expenditure for this measure is not for publication (nfp) from 2013‑14 onwards as it is subject to negotiation with the Northern Territory Government.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 28 March 2012 issued by the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the Minister for Indigenous Health, and the Senator for the Northern Territory, Senator Trish Crossin.

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory — remote engagement and coordination

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 26.7 nfp nfp nfp
Department of the Treasury - 4.4 nfp nfp nfp
Total - Expense - 31.0 nfp nfp nfp
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 2.2 nfp nfp nfp
Department of the Treasury - - nfp nfp nfp
Total - Capital - 2.2 nfp nfp nfp

The Government will provide $149.2 million over four years ($413.4 million over ten years) to improve Government coordination, communication and engagement with remote Indigenous communities through the establishment of a Remote Engagement Officer Network consisting of Government Engagement Coordinators and an increased number of Indigenous Engagement Officers. This funding will also provide for the upgrade of up to 57 community properties. In addition, it will provide continued support for the Northern Territory Aboriginal Interpreter Service and for leadership, governance and capacity building.

A portion of the total funding for the measure will be administered by the Department of the Treasury through the Federal Financial Relations Framework.

This measure is part of the Government's Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package. The expenditure for this measure is not for publication (nfp) from 2013—14 as it is subject to negotiation with the Northern Territory Government.

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory — tackling alcohol abuse

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - nfp nfp nfp nfp
Department of the Treasury - nfp nfp nfp nfp
Total - Expense - nfp nfp nfp -

The Government will provide funding over ten years to tackle alcohol abuse in Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.

This measure provides funding to support communities by employing twelve alcohol licensing inspectors, replacing existing signage, and continuing the Alcohol Data Unit established in 2007.

This measure will be administered by the Department of the Treasury through the Federal Financial Relations Framework.

This measure is part of the Government's Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package. The expenditure for this measure is not for publication (nfp) from 2013‑14 as it is subject to negotiation with the Northern Territory Government.

Part of the funding for this measure was a 'decision taken but not yet announced' in the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2011‑12.

Tackling Problem Gambling — extra support for problem gamblers and their families

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 4.8 6.9 7.0 7.2

The Government will provide $25.9 million over four years to support problem gamblers and their families.

From 1 January 2013, an additional 50 counsellor positions will be funded through the Commonwealth Financial Counselling Service to help problem gamblers and their families to better manage their finances. The counsellors will undertake specialised training and will also work closely with local gaming venues and state and territory gambling counselling services.

The funding will also expand the reach of the Gambling Help Online website. This will make it easier to sign up for online counselling sessions and improve the information available for families. It will also improve access for smart phones users and people with a disability.

This measure is part of the Tackling Problem Gambling package announced by the Prime Minister on 21 January 2012.

Tackling Problem Gambling — trial of mandatory pre‑commitment technology in the Australian Capital Territory

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp

The Government will, in partnership with the ACT Government and ClubsACT, conduct a 12 month trial of mandatory pre‑commitment technology in the ACT, commencing in early 2013. The trial will test the reliability of the technology and determine whether it delivers sufficient benefit to gamblers and their families to proceed to a national roll‑out.

The measure will provide Commonwealth funding for:

  • the necessary infrastructure to conduct the trial;
  • a venue readiness and capacity package to support clubs participating in the trial;
  • the ACT Government's increased administration to conduct the trial and meet additional demand for counselling services during the trial; and
  • trial facilitation costs, including engaging independent bodies for the trial design, management and evaluation, and independent financial auditors.

A Committee will be established to oversee the implementation and the conduct of the trial with representation from a number of stakeholder groups, including the ACT Government, ClubsACT and the not‑for‑profit sector. The evaluation report is to be finalised within six months of the conclusion of the trial, with the results to be reviewed by the Productivity Commission.

Expenditure for this measure is not for publication to protect the interests of the Commonwealth during the tender processes for several elements of the trial.

This measure is part of the Tackling Problem Gambling package announced by the Prime Minister on 21 January 2012.

Torres Strait Major Infrastructure Program Stage 5

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Torres Strait Regional Authority - 2.8 7.6 7.4 3.4

The Government will provide $21.2 million over four years to deliver environmental health infrastructure in the Torres Strait region under stage five of the Torres Strait Major Infrastructure Program.

This will include infrastructure for: water supply and reticulation, sanitation and wastewater; community roads and drainage; and serviced housing lots, and will improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people living in the Torres Strait region.

The Australian Government's contribution of $20 million will be matched by the Queensland Government. The additional $1.2 million provided by the Australian Government is to cover administrative support costs.

Tripling the tax free threshold — Family Tax Benefit and the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Human Services 1.4 5.8 7.3 4.5 3.9
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 0.5 0.3 0.1 0.1
Total - Expense 1.4 6.3 7.6 4.6 4.1
Department of Human Services 0.8 1.6 0.8 - -

The Government will provide $27.2 million (including $3.2 million in capital funding) to streamline income reporting processes for recipients of Family Tax Benefit (FTB) and for holders of the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) who are no longer required to lodge a tax return as a result of the Government's tripling of the tax free threshold from 1 July 2012. This will allow people in the $6,000 to $18,200 income range to update their incomes online, over the phone or in person with the Department of Human Services (DHS) so that their FTB entitlement can be reconciled or CSHC eligibility determined.

DHS will continue to access tax information collected by the Australian Tax Office, such as pre‑fill income, earnings and interest details, to ensure accuracy of income reporting. The new approach will help to ensure that low income families and CSHC holders receive their correct entitlements.

Weekly income support payments to vulnerable Australians — expansion

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - - -
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -
Department of Human Services - - - - -
Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education - - - - -
Total - Expense - - - - -

From 2012‑13, the Government will remove the cap placed on the number of income support recipients who can receive their payments weekly (rather than fortnightly), assisting up to 70,000 vulnerable people. Weekly payments assist recipients to better manage their finances, avoid financial crises and reduce their risk of becoming homeless.

While this measure does not impact on the fiscal balance it has an underlying cash impact of $4.0 million over four years from 2012‑13, due to the bringing forward of some payments by one week into an earlier financial year.

This measure expands the Weekly income support payments to vulnerable Australians — expansion measure announced in the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2011‑12.

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