Appropriation (2015-2016) Bill 2015

Written on the 29 June 2015

 

Appropriation (2015-2016) Bill 2015

25 June 2015

COUNCIL 

Committee  GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB)

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CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan)

I am wanting to get some clarification or a confirmation from the minister, if possible, in relation to the Department of Health and Human Services social and community services (SACS) equal remuneration order. I note there was a media release put out at budget time in relation to a $935 million boost for community service workers. Can the minister confirm whether that calculation for SACS is based on 80 per cent of the total salary component or 70 per cent?

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CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan)

This might be something that the minister will not know the answer to, because he has just indicated that the government is working its way through trying to assess whether it is the 80-20 or 70-30 split. Does the minister have an indication of when that will be finalised?

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CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan)

As we are ending the financial year and starting a new one, I suspect that is right. Would the minister know what the estimates would be based on?

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CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan)

I would like some confirmation about the output initiatives surrounding the allocation of funding in relation to family violence. How much of the $57.9 million indicated on page 5 of budget paper 3 is reprioritised funding?

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CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan)

Yes, that is the reason for my question. I am trying to understand the allocation of money. In relation to the $57.9 million, the minister rightly notes that in the 201516 pre-election budget update there is $35.3 million from the coalition government and $20 million from the royal commission. Combining those figures it appears there is only around $2.6 million of new money that has been put into this area, and that is what I am trying to ascertain.

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CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan)

t was in relation to trying to ascertain the breakdown of this money. As the minister said, it is tricky.

Mr JENNINGS It is tricky but not mischievous.

Ms CROZIER -  Nevertheless, in the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee we were trying to work out how much new money had been reprioritised. I am referring to the notes I have from the PAEC hearings, and there were a lot of figures that were thrown around by various ministers in relation to the responsibilities of their particular portfolio areas. I think Minister Richardson confirmed that she was responsible for around $12.5 million, as well as the funds for the royal commission and the family violence fund, which equates to around $16 million, and Minister Mikakos also rolled out a lot of figures. But I was unable to get a clear figure of how much money had been reprioritised, hence my questions to the minister this afternoon. If the minister would not mind providing that answer to me at a later stage, I would very much appreciate it.

 


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