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Thursday, 8 February 2007
Page: 8


Mrs Irwin asked the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, in writing, on 10 October 2006:

(1)   What is the veteran, veteran partner and war widow(er) population in New South Wales (NSW) by the following payment type: (a) service pension, (b) special rate pension, and (c) war widow(er)’s pension.

(2)   For each of the payment types referred to in Part (1), what is the number of veterans, veteran partners and war widow(er)s in NSW in (a) high level residential aged care, (b) low level residential aged care and (c) respite care, in nursing homes or other approved residential aged care facility.

(3)   For service pension and special rate pension recipients in NSW, (a) how many are paid at the married rate, (b) how many are paid at the separated-due-to-ill-health rate, (c) how many of those couples separated due to ill health are both in high or low level residential aged care facilities and (d) how many among those couples separated due to ill health, and both in residential aged care, are in different residential aged care facilities.

(4)   For NSW, what is the (a) home residence suburb and postcode, and (b) residential care facility suburb and postcode, for each service pension and special rate pension recipient separated due to ill health.

(5)   For NSW, what is the number of (a) veterans and (b) war widow(er)s receiving assistance through the Veterans’ Home Care program.

(6)   For NSW, what is the number of ex-prisoner of war veterans in residential aged care attracting the daily care fee payment.


Mr Billson (Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   As at 30 June 2006, there were:

(a)   38,366 veteran service pensioners and 31,483 partner service pensioners;

(b)   8,369 Special Rate pensioners; and

(c)   40,000 war widows/ers.

(2)  

(a)   As at 30 June 2006, in high level residential aged care in NSW there were: - 1,773 veteran service pensioners; - 1,320 partner service pensioners; - 227 Special Rate pensioners; and - 3,166 war widows/ers.

(b)   As at 30 June 2006, in low level residential aged care in NSW there were: - 980 veteran service pensioners; - 514 partner service pensioners; - 87 Special Rate pensioners; and - 1,881 war widows/ers.

(c)   Data for respite care is not available.

 

(3)  

(a)   As at 30 June 2006, there were 4,466 service pension and special rate pension recipients in NSW paid at the married rate.

(b)   Of these, 47 were paid at the separated-due-to-ill-health rate.

(c)   The number of couples separated due to ill health and both in high or low level residential aged care facilities is not readily available.

(d)   The data could not be obtained to provide reliable information.

(4)  

(a)   and (b) Due to the small number of residents in individual suburbs and postcodes, the information cannot be provided due to the Privacy legislation.

(5)  

(a)   and (b) During 2005/06, 12,411 veterans and 11, 487 war widows/ers in NSW received assistance through the Veterans’ Home Care Program. As there are 422 veterans who are also war widows/ers, they are reported in both numbers.

(6)   There are currently 88 ex-POWs in residential aged care facilities in NSW for whom DVA is paying the daily care fees.