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Wednesday, 31 August 1994
Page: 747

(Question No. 1610)

Senator O'Chee asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 10 August 1994:

  (1) What documentation regarding the new Home Child Care Allowance was sent to social security recipients.

  (2) To which social security clients was this sent.

  (3) What was the cost of this information campaign.

  (4) How many of the people who received the Home Child Care Allowance documentation were expected to be eligible for the allowance.

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

  (1) and (2) An information leaflet, a claim form and a reply paid envelope were sent to all Family Payment recipients with partners, receiving payment between 11 July and 5 August 1994 and selected parents with partners whose Family Payment was cancelled at 1 January 1994.

  (3) The cost of the mail out was:

  printing information leaflet and form—   $170,335


  reply paid envelope—$28,350

  outside envelope—$27,693

  overprinting envelope—$1,055

  mailing house costs—$22,720

  Total cost—$876,688

  In addition there is a cost of 47 cents for each reply paid envelope returned to the Department.

  (4) Of the 1.53 million Family Payment clients sent the Home Child Care Allowance documentation, it is estimated that about 790,000 are expected to be eligible for the allowance at any one time.