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Thursday, 27 May 2004
Page: 29465


Mr Beazley asked the Minister representing the Minister for Family and Community Services, upon notice, on 18 February 2004:

(1) For each year of the Family Tax Benefit system's operation, how many families and individuals in the electoral division of Brand (a) in total, and (b) as a proportion of all Family Tax Benefit recipients in the electoral division of Brand, have an outstanding debt to the Commonwealth due to the overpayment of the Family Tax Benefit.

(2) For the electoral division of Brand, what is the (a) total amount of Family Tax Benefit debt, (b) average amount of debt per family, and (c) average income of the families and individuals that have incurred a debt.

(3) For each year of the Family Tax Benefit system's operation, how many Family Tax Benefit debts in the electoral division of Brand (a) have been referred to debt collectors, and (b) are currently with debt collectors.

(4) For each year of the Family Tax Benefit system's operation, how many families and individuals in the electoral division of Brand who have incurred a Family Tax Benefit debt chose to repay their debt with a credit card.


Mr Anthony (Minister for Children and Youth Affairs) —The Minister for Family and Community Services has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) (a) For each year of the Family Tax Benefit system's operation, the number of families and individuals in the electoral division of Brand with outstanding Family Tax Benefit overpayments arising from end of year reconciliation as at 27 January 2004 is as follows:

(i) 2000-01: 124

(ii) 2001-02: 554

(iii) 2002-03: 783

(b) The information is not readily available at this time and to provide such information would require the expenditure of significant resources.

(2) For the electoral division of Brand, the (a) total amount of Family Tax Benefit overpayment, (b) average amount of overpayment per family, and (c) average income of families and individuals that have incurred an overpayment as at 26 December 2003 is as follows:

Financial year

Total amount of FTB overpayment

Average amount of overpayment perfamily

Average actual family income per customer

2000-01

$3.4m. Recovery of $2.3m was waived under transitional waiver provisions.

Average: $726.86Waived: $480.88

Average: $48 429

2001-02

$3.5m

Average: $777.58

Average: $50 332

2002-03

$2.5m

Average: $747.73

Average: $48 688

(3) (a) The information is not readily available and to provide such information would require the expenditure of significant resources.

(b) For each year of the Family Tax Benefit system's operation, the number of Family Tax Benefit overpayments in the electoral division of Brand, which are currently with debt collectors is as follows:

Financial year

2000-01

2

2001-02

4

2002-03

0

(4) The information is not readily available and to provide such information would require the expenditure of significant resources.