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Monday, 26 May 2003
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Ms Vamvakinou asked the Minister for Children and Youth Services, upon notice, on 24 March 2003:

(1) On the most recent data, what sum in child care assistance per child per annum was allocated to (a) family, (b) private long and (c) community long day care in (i) Australia, (ii) Victoria, and (iii) the postcode areas of (a) 3036, (b) 3037, (c) 3038, (d) 3043, (e) 3046 (f) 3047, (g) 3048, (h) 3049, (i) 3059, (j) 3060, (k) 3061, (l) 3064, (m) 3427, and (n) 3428.

(2) How many recipients of the Family Tax and Child Care benefit in the electoral division of Calwell received letters of debt notification in relation to overpayment of those benefits in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03 in the postcode areas of (a) 3036, (b) 3037, (c) 3038, (d) 3043, (e) 3046 (f) 3047, (g) 3048, (h) 3049, (i) 3059, (j) 3060, (k) 3061, (l) 3064, (m) 3427, and (n) 3428.


Mr Anthony (Minister for Children and Youth Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)(a) On average, the amount of Child Care Benefit per child for the 2001-2002 financial year for family day care in Australia, Victoria, and for the requested postcode areas is as follows:

Location

Child Care Benefit ($) per child

(i) Australia

1395.98

(ii) Victoria

1297.28

(iii) Postcodes

(a) 3036

731.51*

(b) 3037

1423.31

(c) 3038

1418.36

(d) 3043

1945.80

(e) 3046

2109.12

(f) 3047

2614.80

(g) 3048

1992.14

(h) 3049

1238.76*

(i) 3059

860.12*

(j) 3060

2101.04*

(k) 3061

746.31*

(l) 3064

1414.59

(m) 3427

1433.23

(n) 3428

404.66*

* Within these postcodes, the child care benefit per child may be unreliable due to the low count of children using family day care services.

(b) On average the amount of Child Care Benefit per child for the 2001-2002 financial year for private long day care in Australia, Victoria, and for the requested postcode areas is as follows:

Location

Child Care Benefit ($) per child

(i) Australia

1661.63

(ii) Victoria

1718.46

(iii) Postcodes

(a) 3036

1743.43

(b) 3037

1938.83

(c) 3038

1772.93

(d) 3043

2176.16

(e) 3046

2180.12

(f) 3047

1913.62

(g) 3048

2408.48

(h) 3049

1775.06

(i) 3059

1439.18

(j) 3060

2101.98

(k) 3061

1943.50

(l) 3064

2,077.20

(m) 3427

2331.99*

(n) 3428

1060.39*

* Within this postcode, the child care benefit per child may be unreliable due to the low count of children using private long day care services.

(c) On average the amount of Child Care Benefit per child for the 2001-2002 financial year for community based long day care in Australia, Victoria, and for the requested postcode areas is as follows:

Location

Child Care Benefit ($) per child

(i) Australia

1393.85

(ii) Victoria

1457.55

(iii) Postcodes

(a) 3036

1474.67*

(b) 3037

1815.65

(c) 3038

1411.61

(d) 3043

1900.54

(e) 3046

2032.27

(f) 3047

2199.02

(g) 3048

2366.11

(h) 3049

1766.29

(i) 3059

2230.54

(j) 3060

2177.74

(k) 3061

2641.21

(l) 3064

2170.67

(m) 3427

1545.11*

(n) 3428

48.29*

* Within these postcodes, the child care benefit per child may be unreliable due to the low count of children using community based long day care services

Note: Based on customer's place of residence.

Source: Centrelink administrative data - November 2002

(2)(a) In 2001-2002, 4600 Family Tax Benefit customers and 949 Child Care Benefit customers in the electoral division of Calwell incurred an overpayment of those benefits as an outcome of the reconciliation process. A breakdown of the number of debts in the required postcode areas is as follows:

Postcode

Family Tax Benefit

Child Care Benefit

(a) 3036

78

Less than 20

(b) 3037

871

247

(c) 3038

765

173

(d) 3043

439

89

(e) 3046

677

121

(f) 3047

549

49

(g) 3048

703

93

(h) 3049

251

64

(i) 3059

203

30

(j) 3060

279

35

(k) 3061

113

Less than 20

(l) 3064

1082

345

(m) 3427

52

Less than 20

(n) 3428

Less than 20

Less than 20

Source: Centrelink administrative data - March 2003.

Note: Privacy requirements prohibit release of customer numbers less than twenty by postcode.

Note: Recovery of a small proportion of these debts would be wavered under small debt provisions.

(b) The 2002-2003 reconciliation process will not commence until 1 July 2003, therefore it is not possible to provide information about overpayments until after that date.