Contingent payments arise where the Commonwealth has committed to provide compensation when an event occurs or otherwise guarantees the States' financial position. Payments to the States will only arise if the relevant event occurs.
Table 2.11 provides information on contingent payments.
|National Partnership payments|
|Hepatitis C settlement fund||0.7||0.7||0.7||0.7||-|
|Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements||1,893.3||146.8||96.7||22.4||..|
The Commonwealth is contributing to the participating States' schemes for out‑of‑court settlement costs for eligible individuals who contracted Hepatitis C through the blood supply service between 1985 and 1991.
Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA)
The Commonwealth is providing funding under the NDRRA to assist the States with relief and recovery assistance following eligible natural disasters. This includes payments to the States in response to recent and past natural disasters including the January 2013 floods and Tropical Cyclone Oswald, November 2010 to February 2011 floods, bushfires and Tropical Cyclone Yasi. Total cash payments of $5.3 billion have been made to Queensland for assistance with natural disasters under these arrangements from 2008‑09 to 2011‑12.
The Commonwealth recognises a liability equal to the present value of future payments expected to be made to the States under the NDRRA. This is regardless of whether or not a State has completed eligible disaster reconstruction work or submitted an eligible claim under the NDRRA.
The estimated expenses in the table above reflect expected Commonwealth costs associated with disasters that have occurred in 2012‑13 and the unwinding of the discount on the provision, which reflects the time value of money.
The estimated cash payments are presented in the table below, illustrating the estimated timing of when the Commonwealth expects to reimburse the States for costs incurred in relation to past disasters.
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