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Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Page: 6438


Mr BRENDAN O'CONNOR (GortonMinister for Housing, Minister for Homelessness and Minister for Small Business) (18:03): The Department of Human Services provides policy advice on service delivery matters to government to ensure effective, innovative and efficient implementation of government service delivery. The department delivers a range of government and other payments and services to Australians, including through its three main programs: Medicare, Centrelink and child support. Total appropriation in the 2012-13 year for the department is $4.156 billion. This comprises departmental appropriation of $4,048 million and administrative appropriation of $107.2 million. Total appropriation includes the following moneys: through Appropriation Bill (No. 1), for ordinary annual services of $4,025.8 million; of $41.1 million, through Appropriation Bill (No. 2), for other services; and $89.1 million in special appropriations. The department received net funding of $226.4 million in the 2012-13 year for new measures. The new measures with significant funding impact in 2012-13 for the department are: call centre funding $50.9 million; Living Longer Living Better—Aged Care Reform Package $49 million; Parent Payment changed eligibility for 1 July 2006 grandfathered recipients $32 million; fraud protection and compliance $28.7 million; and the national e-health program $16.9 million.

Non-appropriation receipts in 2012-13 for provision of goods and services have been estimated to be $303.1 million. For example, the department will receive an estimated $160.7 million from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations in the 2012-13 year for the provision of rehabilitation services. External receipts to special accounts in the 2012-13 year for child support payments have been estimated to be $1.273 billion. These are payments which are received from one parent and paid to another.