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Thursday, 30 June 1994
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(Question No. 1466)

Senator Chamarette asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 8 June 1994:

  (1) How many people receive the carer pension.

  (2) What is the average amount of benefit paid.

  (3) What is the administration cost of this scheme.

Senator Crowley —The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) As at 25 March 1994 there were 17,119 persons receiving a carer pension.

  (2) The average rate of basic pension paid to these persons was approximately $268 per fortnight.

  (3) The estimated administration cost for 1993-94 is $2,173,000.

  The estimated administration cost for 1994-95 is $2,420,000.