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Thursday, 14 February 2013
Page: 1577

Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minor Program

(Question No. 1320)

Ms Gambaro asked the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, in writing, on 29 November 2012:

In respect of the budgetary allocation for the department's Community Programs and Children's Division for 2012-13, (a) what is the total sum of the budgetary allocation, (b) what is the breakdown of allocation between community detention and Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors.

Mr Brendan O'Connor: The answers to the honourable member's question is:

The Community Programs and Children's Division is responsible for the delivery of major departmental programs that span several Budget Outcome deliverables and for a number of client cohorts, not just UHMs and Unaccompanied Minors (UAMs). Funding for this division for the 2012-13 financial year is not identified in isolation within the Portfolio Budget Statements, rather it is incorporated within the total funding provided to the Department of the following programs:


Program Name


Refugee and Humanitarian Assistance


Visa Compliance and Status Resolution


Onshore Detention Network


Offshore Asylum-Seeker Management


Settlement Services for Migrants and Refugees


It should be noted that activities undertaken by the Community Programs and Children's Division that relate exclusively to the care and management of Irregular Maritime Arrivals (IMAs) do not have a specific budget allocated in the 2012-13 financial year. These form a component of the total funding provided to the Department on a 'no win/no loss' basis and costs and budget vary with changes in demand.

Specifically, the 2012-13 administered budget for the UHM Program is $15.693 million.