Australian Government, 2013-14 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Cape York Welfare Reform — Embedding and Building

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 3.2 6.5 3.4
Department of Human Services 3.1 2.6 1.3
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 1.1 2.2 1.2
Total — Expense 7.3 11.4 5.8

The Government will provide $26.3 million over two calendar years to continue welfare reform initiatives in the Cape York communities of Aurukun, Coen, Hope Vale and Mossman Gorge until 31 December 2015.

The initiatives will continue to focus on restoring local Indigenous leadership and rebuilding social norms, improving engagement with parents about their children's schooling, and encouraging increased economic participation. In addition, two new initiatives will be introduced to support disengaged youth, and improve school attendance and enrolment.

The measure consists of $24.5 million in new funding and a redirection of $1.8 million from the 2012‑13 Budget measure School Enrolment and Attendance in Queensland — continuation.

This measure builds on the 2012‑13 Budget measure titled Cape York Welfare Reform Trial — extension.

Further information can be found in the press release of 3 May 2013 issued by the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Community Development Financial Institutions Pilot — Extension

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 3.0

The Government will provide $3.0 million to extend for one year the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) pilot program which provides people excluded from mainstream financial services with access to affordable credit and financial literacy assistance.

The CDFI pilot commenced in 2010 as part of the Nation Building and Jobs Plan — Emergency Relief Program — innovative projects to help build the financial capacity of people on low incomes.

DisabilityCare Australia — Transition to Full Scheme

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 9.9 19.5 4.0 3.0 15.2
Department of the Treasury 1.1 7.1 4.3 0.6
DisabilityCare Australia (National Disability Insurance Scheme Launch Transition Agency) 18.9 181.2 1,414.0
Total — Expense 11.0 26.6 27.3 184.9 1,429.2
Australian Taxation Office .. .. .. ..
DisabilityCare Australia (National Disability Insurance Scheme Launch Transition Agency) 17.1 55.8 133.9
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Total — Capital 17.1 55.8 133.9

The Government will provide $14.3 billion in additional funding over seven years from 2012‑13 to move to full implementation of DisabilityCare Australia (the national disability insurance scheme) by 1 July 2019. This includes the launch funding of $2.4 billion, and new funding of $1.9 billion for transition to full scheme through to 1 July 2017, $3.8 billion in 2017‑18 and $6.2 billion in 2018‑19. This is the cost to the Commonwealth of all States and Territories accepting the funding offer based on the agreement reached with New South Wales on 6 December 2012.

This will see the Government provide a total of $19.3 billion to DisabilityCare Australia over seven years from 2012‑13, inclusive of the redirection of existing disability funding.

DisabilityCare Australia will establish a national disability care and support system across Australia for people with significant and permanent disability to be jointly funded by Commonwealth, State and Territory governments.

The launch phase of DisabilityCare Australia will provide eligible participants with reasonable and necessary care and support tailored to their individual circumstances in South Australia (for children aged 0‑14 years), Tasmania (for young adults aged 15‑24 years), the Hunter region in NSW and the Barwon area of Victoria from 1 July 013; and in the ACT and the Barkly region in the Northern Territory from 1 July 2014.

DisabilityCare Australia will provide full coverage in NSW, South Australia and the ACT by 1 July 2018 and in Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory from 1 July 2019. The Government is committed to ongoing negotiations regarding full implementation of DisabilityCare Australia across the country.

The Government is committed to full national rollout by 1 July 2019. This would see around 460,000 people with significant and permanent disability receiving the support they need through a network of local offices throughout Australia.

DisabilityCare Australia will work with people with significant and permanent disability to develop their own personal plan that meets their needs and supports their life goals. They will have greater choice and control over the supports they receive, how and by whom those supports are delivered and how they want to manage their funding. DisabilityCare Australia will provide the flexibility to review a plan when needed and respond to changing circumstances.

A fundamental principle of DisabilityCare Australia will be to consider a person's support needs over the longer term as well as their immediate needs. Examples of supports that the new system will provide over a person's lifetime include support to live and work independently in the community; early intervention therapies; home and vehicle modifications; aids and equipment; assistance with household tasks; personal care and assistance for family and carers.

DisabilityCare Australia will also assist people with a disability not eligible for an individual package of care and support but who still experience barriers to social and economic participation. The general assistance to be provided will include: local area coordination, information, linkage and referral; community awareness; and capacity building in the disability sector, including support through grants to organisations. DisabilityCare Australia will also assist currently funded providers of disability supports to make the transition to the national disability insurance scheme, including those providers affected by individualised funding arrangements.

The Government will exempt payments and benefits provided by DisabilityCare Australia (whether directly or otherwise) to participants from income tax. The Government will also amend the GST law to make certain supports delivered under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 GST‑free. This will mirror the existing GST treatment of services to people with disability and is estimated to have a negligible impact on GST payments to the States and Territories over the forward estimates period. These arrangements will commence on 1 July 2013.

This measure further delivers on the Government's commitment to provide people with disability and their families and carers across Australia with reasonable and necessary lifetime care and support suitable to their circumstances, and builds on the 2012‑13 Budget Measure National Disability Insurance Scheme — First Stage.

DisabilityCare Australia will require a strong and stable funding stream to provide certainty and security. The Government will therefore increase the Medicare levy by half a percentage point from 1.5 to 2 percent of taxable income, from 1 July 2014. This increase in the Medicare levy is expected to raise $20.4 billion between 2014‑15 and 2018‑19.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 1 May 2013 issued by the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, and the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Minister for Disability Reform, and on the DisabilityCare Australia website at www.ndis.gov.au.

See also the related revenue measure titled Personal Income Tax — Increase in the Medicare Levy — DisabilityCare Australia.

Family and Parental Payments — change to rules for receiving payments overseas

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Human Services 2.7 1.7 0.6 0.6
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 0.1 ‑7.7 ‑9.2 ‑9.4
Department of Health and Ageing ‑0.6 ‑0.7 ‑0.7
Total — Expense 2.8 ‑6.5 ‑9.3 ‑9.5
Australian Taxation Office ‑0.1 ‑0.1 ‑0.1
Department of Human Services 2.2

The Government will change the allowed period of temporary absence from Australia for accessing certain family and parental payments from three years to one year from 1 July 2014. Affected payments include Family Tax Benefit Part A, Schoolkids Bonus and Paid Parental Leave.

Australian Defence Force and Australian Federal Police personnel deployed overseas will not be affected by this measure and will continue to be able to access payments while overseas for up to three years.

This measure will provide savings of $20.1 million over four years (including capital costs of $2.2 million in 2013‑14).

Family payments reform — continuing indexation pauses on upper income limits and supplements

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Human Services 0.3 ‑1.8 ‑2.4 ‑3.2
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 0.1 ‑198.6 ‑382.4 ‑581.7
Department of Health and Ageing ‑6.4 ‑14.0 ‑23.9
Total — Expense 0.4 ‑206.8 ‑398.8 ‑608.9
Australian Taxation Office ‑0.3 ‑0.1

The Government will maintain the higher income thresholds for family payments and supplement amounts at their current levels until 1 July 2017.

This measure will maintain the current upper income test limit of $150,000 for Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part B, the dependency tax offsets, the Paid Parental Leave Scheme and Dad and Partner Pay. The FTB Part A upper income free area will remain at $94,316, plus an additional $3,796 for each child after the first.

FTB supplement amounts will also be maintained at current levels of $726.35 per child per annum for FTB Part A and $354.05 per family per annum for FTB Part B.

This measure makes family payments more sustainable by better targeting family assistance to those families in more need of help with the cost of raising their children.

Family payments reform — replacing the Baby Bonus

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Human Services 0.4 10.3 7.2 4.0 4.7
Department of Health and Ageing .. 0.3 0.3 0.3
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs ‑162.9 ‑266.4 ‑302.4 ‑324.0
Total — Expense 0.4 ‑152.5 ‑258.9 ‑298.1 ‑319.1
Australian Taxation Office 6.3 28.2 47.4 49.2
Department of Health and Ageing
Total — Revenue 6.3 28.2 47.4 49.2
Department of Human Services 0.1 3.8 4.9 1.5 1.0
Department of Health and Ageing
Total — Capital 0.1 3.8 4.9 1.5 1.0

The Government will reform financial support available to parents when they have a baby or adopt a child so that it more closely reflects the essential costs of having a baby and better targets this assistance now that Australia has a national Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme.

The Government will increase Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB Part A) payments by $2,000, to be paid in the year following the birth or adoption of a first child or each child in multiple births, and $1,000 for second or subsequent children. The additional FTB Part A would be paid as an initial payment of $500, with the remainder to be paid in seven fortnightly instalments.

Parents who take up PPL will not be eligible for the additional FTB Part A component, but will benefit from improved access to PPL as their family expands. As part of this package, parents will be able to count time on Government PPL where it occurs in the work test period for a subsequent child, just like employer funded parental leave can be counted now. This change will mean more women will be able to access Government PPL when they have another baby.

These arrangements will replace the Baby Bonus from 1 March 2014.

This measure acts on a recommendation of the Australia's Future Tax System review.

Family Tax Benefit and Child Care Assistance — realignment of time period for income reconciliation

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Human Services 1.4 6.0 2.2 0.7 ‑0.3
Department of Health and Ageing 0.3 ‑0.6 ‑0.6 ‑0.6
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations ‑6.6 ‑6.6 ‑6.4 ‑7.0 ‑7.5
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs ‑130.5 ‑112.1 ‑96.3 ‑97.9 ‑99.7
Total — Expense ‑135.6 ‑112.4 ‑101.1 ‑104.8 ‑108.1

The Government will bring lump sum and income reconciliation periods for Family Tax Benefit (FTB) and Child Care Assistance (CCA), which includes Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Cash Rebate, more in line with the usual arrangements for lodging tax returns.

Beginning with 2012‑13, families will have 12 months rather than two years from the end of the financial year for which the family is claiming FTB or CCA to reconcile their income, initiate lump sum claims and satisfy any requirements for the end of year supplements. The timing required for lodging tax returns means that most families will have the information they need to reconcile their income within the 12 month period.

Extensions will be provided in exceptional circumstances.

This measure will achieve savings of $562.0 million over five years.

Family Tax Benefit Part A — Changes to age of eligibility

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Human Services 3.5 1.0 0.4 0.3
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 0.3 0.5 0.5 0.5
Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education .. 0.1 0.2 0.3
Department of Health and Ageing ‑0.5 ‑2.3 ‑2.4 ‑2.6
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs ‑10.7 ‑22.1 ‑22.6 ‑23.1
Total — Expense ‑7.5 ‑22.7 ‑23.9 ‑24.6
Department of Human Services 1.8 0.2 0.1

The Government will change eligibility for Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB Part A) for children aged 16 years and over. FTB Part A will only be paid until the end of the calendar year a child completes school. This change will start from 1 January 2014.

Individuals who no longer qualify for FTB Part A may be eligible to receive Youth Allowance, subject to the 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 people who have completed secondary school, or are no longer in school.

This measure will achieve savings of $76.6 million over four years (including capital costs of $2.2 million over three years).

Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children — establishment

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

The Government will provide $5.2 million over five years for the establishment and operation of the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children.

The Foundation will engage with the community, non‑government organisations, and businesses to raise awareness and work towards the prevention of violence against women and their children.

The Foundation will complement the National Centre of Excellence to reduce violence against women and their children announced in the press release of 28 November 2012 issued by the Minister for the Status of Women.

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

Income Management — continuation and expansion in Western Australia

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Human Services 6.4
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 5.4
Total — Expense 11.8

The Government will provide $16.4 million over two years to continue and expand income management in Western Australia. This measure includes $11.8 million to continue the current income management trials for one year until 30 June 2014 in the Kimberley region and selected areas of metropolitan Perth.

This measure also provides for the expansion of income management into Laverton and the Ngaanyatjarra Lands in Western Australia which commenced in April 2013. The cost of this expansion ($4.5 million over two years) will be met from within the existing resources of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Department of Human Services.

Further information can be found in the press release of 4 April 2013 issued by the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Income Management — enhanced service delivery

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Department of Human Services
Total — Expense

The Government will provide $1.9 million over four years to improve the delivery of income management across Australia. These improvements include the automatic transition onto income management of vulnerable youth, including young people on Special Benefit or in receipt of crisis payment due to prison release. This measure will also provide for the co‑location of money management and Centrelink services, and a clearer process for parents to seek exemption from compulsory income management.

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

Further information can be found in the press release of 29 November 2012 issued by the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Longitudinal Surveys — additional funding

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 2.6 1.8
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs ..

The Government will provide $4.3 million over two years to continue three longitudinal surveys — the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC), and the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey. These studies are an important part of collecting data on social policy issues in Australia.

Municipal and Essential Service Program — extension

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 44.1

The Government will provide $44.1 million to continue the existing Municipal and Essential Services Program for one year until 30 June 2014. This will ensure continued delivery of essential services to around 340 remote communities in Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.

These services include the operation and maintenance of power, water and sewage services, garbage collection and disposal, road maintenance, landscaping and dust control, and animal and environmental health programs.

This measure builds on the 2012‑13 Budget measure titled Municipal and Essential Services — extension.

Further information can be found in the press release of 24 April 2013 issued by the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

National Congress of Australia's First Peoples — extension

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 5.0 5.0 5.0

The Government will provide $15.0 million over three years from 2014‑15 in continued funding to the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples. This will enable the Congress to effectively represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to provide a vehicle for engagement and consultation on government policy and processes.

This measure builds on the 2010‑11 Budget measure titled National Congress of Australia's First Peoples — establishment which included funding for 2013‑14.

National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of the Treasury 155.0
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 4.0
Total — Expense 159.0

The Government has committed up to $159.0 million to provide a continuation of services to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness, through a one year transitional National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.

In addition to the direct provision of homeless services, the National Partnership will provide a new capital development fund and will strengthen the evidence base to better respond to homelessness, including through a continuation of the longitudinal study, Journeys Home.

Further information can be found in the press release of 28 March 2013 issued by the Minister for Housing and Homelessness.

Not proceeding with the additional increase to Family Tax Benefit Part A payments

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Human Services ‑0.1 ‑2.4 ‑1.5 ‑0.2
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs ‑615.7 ‑620.8 ‑630.5 ‑646.3
Total — Expense ‑615.8 ‑623.3 ‑632.0 ‑646.4

Due to significant revenue write downs across the forward estimates, the Government will not proceed with the 2012‑13 Budget measure titled Spreading the Benefits of the Boom — increasing Family Tax Benefit Part A.

The Government will continue to provide more support to low and middle income families through the family payments system. Permanent increases to Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A and B as part of the Government's Household Assistance Package will start on 1 July 2013, and the second Schoolkids Bonus payment will also be delivered in July to families eligible for FTB Part A. Fortnightly FTB payments will also continue to be indexed.

Pension Bonus Scheme — cease late registrations

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Human Services .. 1.3 0.3 ..
Department of Veterans' Affairs ‑1.6 ‑3.3 ‑0.9
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs ‑19.5 ‑44.8 ‑12.2
Total — Expense .. ‑19.8 ‑47.9 ‑13.0
Department of Veterans' Affairs 0.2

The Government will cease late registrations for the Pension Bonus Scheme (Scheme) from 1 March 2014. This will simplify administrative arrangements following the decision to close the Scheme and replace it with the new Work Bonus as part of the Government's age pension reforms.

On 20 September 2009, the Government closed the Scheme to new entrants as evaluation data had shown the vast majority of participants would have continued working in the absence of the Scheme. The Scheme was replaced by the Work Bonus, a more targeted participation incentive that provides concessional treatment of employment income under the Age Pension income test.

By ceasing late registrations the Government will simplify the administration of workforce participation incentives and provide savings of $80.5 million over three years (from 2013‑14). All those eligible for the Scheme will still have an opportunity to register before 1 March 2014 and receive the bonus.

Superannuation reforms — extending the normal deeming rules to new superannuation account‑based income streams

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Human Services 0.9 5.2 1.2 0.8
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 0.1 ‑5.1 ‑47.7 ‑103.4
Department of Veterans' Affairs 0.3 ‑1.2 ‑2.3
Department of Health and Ageing ‑0.3 ‑2.7 ‑6.3
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations ‑0.5 ‑1.3 ‑1.6
Total — Expense 1.0 ‑0.4 ‑51.7 ‑112.8
Department of Human Services 0.3 0.3
Department of Veterans' Affairs 1.6
Total — Capital 0.3 1.9

The Government will extend the standard pension deeming arrangements to new superannuation account‑based income streams assessed under the pension income test from 1 January 2015. All such investments held by pensioners before 1 January 2015 will be grandfathered and the existing rules will apply, unless the product is changed on or after 1 January 2015.

Superannuation account‑based income streams provide the holder with a tax‑free retirement income stream from age 60 and flexible access to their capital. This measure will improve the fairness of the pension income test by aligning the treatment of this income stream with other similar investments, such as dividends from shares or interest from term deposits, which are subject to deeming. Some pensioners may receive a higher rate of Age Pension payment under the new arrangements.

This measure will achieve savings of $161.7 million over four years.

This measure is part of the package of reforms to improve the fairness, sustainability and efficiency of the superannuation system.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 5 April 2013 issued by the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer and the Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation.

Supporting Senior Australians — Housing Help for Seniors — pilot

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Human Services 3.4 2.3 2.5 2.5
Department of Veterans' Affairs 1.1 1.6 2.8 3.9
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 0.2 9.3 28.9 50.9
Total — Expense 4.7 13.3 34.2 57.3
Department of Veterans' Affairs 1.7
Department of Human Services 1.3
Total — Capital 3.1

The Government will provide $112.4 million over four years to remove the disincentive for pensioners to move to more age‑appropriate housing.

This measure will trial a means test exemption for Age Pension recipients who are downsizing from their family home. The family home must have been owned for at least 25 years with at least 80 per cent of proceeds from the sale (up to $200,000) to be deposited into a special account by an authorised deposit taking institution. These funds (plus earned interest) will be exempt from pension means testing for up to 10 years provided there are no withdrawals during the life of the account.

The exemption will also be accessible to people assessed as home owners who move into a retirement village or granny flat. It will not be available to people moving into residential aged care.

The pilot will commence on 1 July 2014 and be closed to new customers from 1 July 2017.

Supporting Senior Australians — Keeping Seniors connected

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 6.6 2.1 0.6 0.6

The Government will provide $9.9 million over four years to upgrade Broadband for Seniors kiosks. This will ensure senior Australians continue to have access to the latest in information technology and allow them to both remain socially connected over the Internet and access the benefits offered by the National Broadband Network.

Funding of $5.0 million will be provided to community organisations for education and training appropriately tailored to seniors on cyber security issues and the use of multimedia devices.

Tackling Problem Gambling — establishing the Australian Gambling Research Centre

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Australian Institute of Family Studies 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.3
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs ‑1.3 ‑1.3 ‑1.3 ‑1.3
Total — Expense
Australian Institute of Family Studies 0.2
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs ‑0.2
Total — Capital

The Government will provide $5.4 million over four years (including $0.2 million of capital funding in 2013‑14) to establish and operate the Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC) from 1 July 2013 as an independent research body within the Australian Institute of Family Studies. The AGRC will undertake and commission research into the effects of gambling on the Australian community, including measures to effectively reduce the harm from problem gambling.

Funding for this measure will be met from the Tackling Problem Gambling package.

Further information can be found in the fact sheet Australian Gambling Research Centre issued by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs on 1 November 2012.

Tackling Problem Gambling — establishing the National Gambling Reform Regulator

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

The Government will provide $10.5 million over two years from 2012‑13 (including $1.3 million of capital funding) to establish and operate the National Gambling Reform Regulator (the Regulator). The Regulator will monitor and investigate compliance with the National Gambling Reform Act 2012, which aims to reduce the harm caused by gaming machines to problem gamblers and their families.

Funding for this measure will be met from the Tackling Problem Gambling package. Funding arrangements for the ongoing operation of the Regulator will be considered in the 2014‑15 Budget.

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