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Monday, 22 October 1973
Page: 2479


Mr Wilson asked the Minister for Social Security, upon notice:

(1)   Is the subsidy payable under the Aged Persons Homes Act for the provision of accommodation for persons of pensionable age at a rate of $2 for $1.

(2)   Is there a ceiling limit on the amount of subsidy available for each person for whom accommodation ls to be provided.

(3)   If so what is that ceiling limit and when was the limit last adjusted.

(4)   What increases have occurred in the cost of land and the cost of building since the ceiling limit was last fixed.

(5)   What increases have occurred in the estimated and actual average cost per bed of providing accommodation by way of self-contained units, hostel accommodation and nursing homes since the ceiling limit was last fixed.

(6)   Is the position being reviewed.

(7)   Can eligible organisations expect a lift in the ceiling limit so that the subsidy available is restored to $2 for SI for the actual cost of providing accommodation under the Act.


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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Yes. <3) Since 1 January 1972, the maximum subsidy limits have been $5,200 for a single person's accommodation and $6,000 for a married couple.

(4)   My Department does not maintain this kind of data but obtains it, as required, from the Departments of Works and Housing and from the Bureau of Census and Statistics. I would therefore suggest that the honourable member address this part of his question to the Ministers responsible for those Departments.

(5)   During the quarter ended 31 December 1971 the average estimated capital cost of accommodating each aged person was $7,537. During the quarter ended 30 September 1973 the average estimated cost-per-head was $8,691. Separate figures are not available for self-contained, hostel and nursing accommodation, as in many of the projects more than one type of accommodation is included in the same building contract.

As final building costs are not known until after a project has been completed the average actual costperhead is not available, particularly for the latter quarter.

(6)   and (7) I have no doubt the honourable member would be aware of public comments I made in Adelaide on Saturday, 13 October 1973, to the effect that these limits are now being reviewed. When the review is completed an announcement will be made.







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