Australian Government, 2013-14 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Veterans' Affairs

Anzac Centenary Program 2014‑18 — additional funding

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Australian War Memorial 10.0
Department of Veterans' Affairs 5.8 1.7 0.8 0.8
Australian Broadcasting Corporation 1.6 0.6 0.2 0.1
National Archives of Australia 1.0 1.1 1.2
Total — Expense 18.4 3.3 2.2 0.9
National Archives of Australia 0.1 ..

The Government will provide an additional $25.0 million over four years for the Anzac Centenary Program 2014‑18, to support the implementation of the recommendations of the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board's report to Government on the Anzac Centenary program, including:

  • $10.0 million in seed funding for the Anzac Centenary Travelling Exhibition, with the balance of costs to be funded from the Anzac Centenary Public Fund; and
  • $2.7 million to commemorate the departure of the first convoy of ships carrying members of the Australian Imperial Force and the New Zealand Expeditionary Force that departed from Albany, Western Australia, on 1 November 1914.

This measure builds on the 2012‑13 Budget measure titled Anzac Centenary Program 2014‑18 and brings the total amount of Government funding for the Anzac Centenary program to more than $140 million to 2018‑19.

Further information can be found in the press release of 21 April 2013 issued jointly by the Prime Minister and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Centenary of Anzac.

Anzac Centenary Program 2014‑18 — Local Grants Program — additional funding

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Veterans' Affairs ‑1.5 13.3 ‑2.6 ‑2.6

The Government will provide additional funding of $7.5 million in 2013‑14 for the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program, which is a component of the 2012‑13 Budget measure titled Anzac Centenary Program 2014‑18. The Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program is designed to help local communities around Australia to commemorate the Anzac Centenary.

The Government has also decided to make all Anzac Centenary Local Grants funding available in 2013‑14, to ensure that grant recipients have the opportunity to complete projects in time for the Centenary.

Further information can be found in the press release of 19 February 2013 issued jointly by the Prime Minister and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Centenary of Anzac.

Commemorations — National Boer War Memorial

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Veterans' Affairs

The Government will provide $0.2 million to assist with the design and construction of a National Boer War Memorial on Anzac Parade in Canberra, to honour the service and sacrifice of Australians who fought in the Boer War from 1899 to 1901.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resources of the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Further information can be found in the press release of 11 December 2012 issued by the Minister for Veterans' Affairs.

Defence service commemorations by Inverell and Gunnedah — contribution

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Veterans' Affairs 0.1

The Government will provide a contribution of $120,000 in 2013‑14 to support commemorations by the New South Wales communities of Inverell and Gunnedah of the service and sacrifice of those who have served in the defence of Australia.

Mental health services — expansion

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Veterans' Affairs 1.3 8.2 10.2 12.5
Department of Human Services .. .. ..
Department of Health and Ageing ‑1.7 ‑2.1 ‑2.7
Total — Expense 1.3 6.5 8.0 9.8
Department of Veterans' Affairs 0.9

The Government will provide $26.4 million over four years (including departmental funding of $5.9 million) to expand access to mental health services for current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and their families. The underlying cash impact is $25.3 million. This includes:

  • expanding eligibility for treatment for certain mental health conditions on a non‑liability basis to include certain former members of the ADF;
  • expanding eligibility for the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service to include current and former ADF members with certain peacetime service and their immediate family members, and the immediate family members of veterans killed in service‑related incidents; and
  • enhancements to mental health services for former members of the ADF, including: new online resources aimed at building resilience; the development of a peer‑to‑peer support program; and the development of a shepherded pathway into the military compensation system.

This measure builds on the more than $165 million the Government provides each year on mental health services for veterans and former members of the ADF.

Further information can be found in the press release of 3 May 2013 issued jointly by the Prime Minister, the Minister for Defence, the Minister for Veterans' Affairs and the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel.

National Partnership on Home and Community Care Services to Veterans — redirection

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Veterans' Affairs
Department of the Treasury ‑8.3 ‑8.4 ‑8.4
Total — Expense ‑8.3 ‑8.4 ‑8.4

The Government will achieve savings of $25.1 million over three years by ceasing funding provided to states and territories through the National Partnership on Home and Community Care (HACC) — Services to Veterans from 2014‑15.

Facilitation payments for access to HACC services are currently made for veterans and war widows under 65 years of age in all states and territories, and for veterans and war widows aged 65 years of age and over in Victoria and Western Australia. These payments are not required as all veterans have full access to the HACC program on the same basis as other members of the Australian community.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support additional funding for veterans' mental health.

See also the related expense measure titled Mental health services — expansion.

Reclassification of Australian Defence Force Service — Third Country Deployments in Afghanistan

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Veterans' Affairs 0.4 .. .. ..
Department of Defence ‑0.4 .. .. ..
Total — Expense .. .. ..

The Government will provide $0.5 million over four years to recognise the operational service provided by Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel deployed with host nations on Third Country Deployments (TCDs) to Afghanistan and its superjacent airspace.

This measure reclassifies the nature of service of TCDs in Afghanistan from 'peacetime' to 'warlike', bringing it into line with the classification of ADF service on Operation Slipper. It will provide around 350 current and former ADF personnel with enhanced access to compensation and health benefits provided under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Defence.

Residential aged care — improving access

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Veterans' Affairs .. .. .. ..

The Government will amend the 2012‑13 Budget measure Living Longer. Living Better — older Australians from diverse backgrounds, to improve access to residential aged care services for veterans with mental health conditions.

From 1 July 2013, residential aged care providers will receive a supplement for each veteran in their care with an accepted mental health condition. Providers may also receive a supplement for each veteran in their care who has severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

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