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Monday, 9 February 2015
Page: 270

Social Services: Funding

(Question No. 574)

Ms Rowland asked the Minister for Social Services, in writing, on 14 November 2014:

In respect of a press release dated 29 October 2014 where he said that about $545 million is committed in 2014-15 to initiatives for multicultural communities, can he list the (a) specific initiatives, and (b) funding allocated to each initiative.

Mr Morrison: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

These initiatives include settlement services for migrants and humanitarian entrants, delivered under the Humanitarian Settlement Services programme, Complex Case Support programme and grants for settlement services.

Funding is also allocated for Diversity and Social Cohesion and Multicultural Arts and Festivals grants, to support multicultural communities; the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters; and the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia.

The amount of $545 million includes the total of the Settlement Services line item, and around $8 million of the Strengthening Communities line item, listed on page 98 of the 2014-15 Portfolio Budget Statements for the Department of Social Services.