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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 102

Question No. 209


Mr Reeves asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 24 May 1983:

What are the total amounts of all expenditures and/or capital works programs undertaken by the Minister's Department in or related to the Northern Territory for each year from 1978-79 to 1982-83 which were not covered by general or specific grants to the Northern Territory.


Dr Blewett —The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

Current administrative arrangements provide that most payments to persons in the Northern Territory are made using computing equipment installed in the Department of Social Security Adelaide and separate expenditure figures for the Northern Territory are not available for all types of payment. In particular this applies to about 75 per cent of Social Security Act payments which comprise 90 per cent of outlays.

Similarly, administrative costs related to operations in States and Territories may be met by expenditure from the Central Office of the Department, or in one State on behalf of other States and the Territories.

Available information about expenditure in or related to the Northern Territory (excluding amounts covered by general or specific grants to the Northern Territory) is tabulated below.

Expenditure

Program or purpose

1978-79 1979-80 1980-81 1981-82 1982-83

$'000 $'000 $'000 $'000 $'000(est.) Social Security Act-

Unemployment benefits 1,600 6,604 12,890 19,026 30,522 Sickness benefits 454 532 1,022 1,326 1,385 Special benefits 252 387 903 1,437 1,879 Other Acts-

Personal care subsidy 16 35 25 57 56 Delivered meals subsidy 3 4 4 6 8 Homeless persons assistance 9 25 46 127 170 Children's services program n.a. 858 890 867 1,091 Aged persons accommodation Nil Nil 107 Nil 250 Handicapped persons assistance Nil Nil 206 314 298 Rehabilitation services n.a. n.a. n.a. 299 426 Other

Salaries (including overtime) 996 1,430 1,981 2,778 3,438 Administrative expenses n.a. 400 699 734 1,108 (n.a. denotes not available)