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Tuesday, 18 March 1997
Page: 2365

(Question No. 1234)


Mrs Crosio asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 4 February 1997:

(1) What has been the allocation of funds in the 1996-97 Budget for the Crisis Accommodation Program (CAP) (a) in total and (b) by State.

(2) What funds were allocated to CAP (a) in total and (b) by State in the (i) 1990-91, (ii) 1991—92, (iii) 1992-93, (iv) 1993—94, (v) 1994-95 and (vi) 1995-96 Budgets.


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

(1) (a) The allocation for the Crisis Accommodation Program for 1996-97 is $39.655 million.

   (b) The allocation by State for 1996-97 is as follows:

      New South Wales—$13,432,000

      Victoria—$9,868,000

      Queensland—$7,238,000

      Western Australia—$3,812,000

      South Australia—$3,221,000

      Tasmania—$1,033,000

      Northern Territory—$386,000

      Australian Capital Territory—$665,000

(2) The payment of funds under the Crisis Accommodation Program (a) in total and (b) by States for (i) 1990-91, (ii) 1991-92, (iii) 1992-93, (iv) 1993-94, (v) 1994-95 and (vi) 1995-96 Budgets are shown in the attached table.

PAYMENTS UNDER THE CRISIS ACCOMMODATION PROGRAM

1990-91 TO 1995-96

1990-911991-921992-931993-941994-951995-96
$M$M$M$M$M$M
NSW13.613.5-6.218.314.8
VIC10.110.15.411.2109.9
QLD6.76.8-8.397.2
WA3.73.8-3.40.57.1
SA3.43.3-2.43.24.5
TAS1.11.1-1.32.2
NT0.40.4-0.20.40.5
ACT0.60.6-0.50.80.7
TOTAL39.639.65.41133.542.246.9

Note:

CAP allocations are made on a per capita basis.

1   The reduction in payments in 1992-93 was in response to a Commonwealth Budget decision to reduce the Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement by $50 million. For their part, State and Territory Governments elected to implement the Commonwealth funding reduction by primarily reducing expenditure on the Crisis Accommodation Program. From 1992- 93 onwards payments to the States also took into account cash on hand, any expenditure likely to be incurred in the current financial year, plus any rollovers from previous financial years. For example, NSW had a substantial CAP surplus and did not start to draw significantly on CAP funds until 1994-95 as can be seen from the above figures.