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Tuesday, 19 March 2002
Page: 1610

Mr Murphy asked the Minister for Ageing, upon notice, on 13 February 2002:

(1) Were persons employed under the Social and Community Services New South Wales Award granted a salary increase with effect from 28 November 2001 by the NSW Industrial Relations Commission when it handed down its determination on 16 November 2001.

(2) Do the Commonwealth and the NSW Governments jointly fund the cost of the salaries of the majority of Community Services' employees covered by this award.

(3) Has the NSW Government committed to fully fund its share of the salary increase awarded by the Commission.

(4) Will the Commonwealth fully fund its share of the salary increase awarded by the Commission; if so, when; if not, why not.

Mr Andrews (Minister for Ageing) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) I am advised that this occurred, though the Commonwealth is not a party to this award.

(2) No. The Commonwealth Government provides funding for community care outcomes.

(3) This is a question that should be addressed to the NSW Government.

(4) The Commonwealth Government provides cost indexation for all its community care programmes funded through this portfolio.