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Wednesday, 8 February 2012
Page: 481

Healthcare Identifier Service

(Question No. 724)

Dr Southcott asked the Minister for Health and Ageing, in writing, on 3 November 2011:

What total sum has the Government spent on the Healthcare Identifiers and the Healthcare Identifiers Service for individuals?

Ms Roxon: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Healthcare Identifier Service construction and operation has been funded through the Council of Australian Government's decisions of 10 February 2006 and 28 November 2008. The Healthcare Identifier Service cost $98.2 million to build, and costs associated with its operation will be $52.02 million up to 30 June 2011, totalling $150.22 million (GST Exclusive).

The Commonwealth's 50 per cent share of this project is $75.11 million (GST Exclusive).

The Commonwealth also funds the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to provide oversight of the Healthcare Identifier Service. This has cost $1 million (GST Exclusive) over 2010-11 to 2011-12.