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Wednesday, 8 February 2012
Page: 482

National E-Health Transition Authority

(Question No. 726)


Dr Southcott asked the Minister for Health and Ageing, in writing, on 3 November 2011:

In respect of the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), (a) what is the total budgeted staffing expenditure for (i) 2011-12, and (ii) 2012-13, and (b) what is the total (i) number of full-time equivalent staff at NEHTA in 2011-12, and (ii) expected number of full-time equivalent staff at NEHTA for 2012-13, and (c) what sum of funding will be required for NEHTA to continue operations after its COAG funding expires on 30 June 2012.


Ms Plibersek: The answer to the honourable member's question asked of the former Minister for Health and Ageing is as follows:

(a) (i) The total budgeted staffing expenditure for NEHTA in 2011-12 is $66.8 million. This estimate includes staff and contractors.

(ii) Future funding for NEHTA post 30 June 2012 is a matter for decision through Government budget process.

(b) (i) The number of full time equivalent staff at NEHTA in 2011-12 is 314, of which 273 are permanent staff and 41 are on fixed term contracts.

(ii) Staffing levels for 2012-13 are linked to the future funding for NEHTA post 30 June 2012 which is a matter for decision through Government budget process.

(c) Future funding for NEHTA post 30 June 2012 is a matter for decision through Government budget process.

The answers to these questions have been sourced directly from NEHTA. The future year funding and staffing questions cannot be answered precisely until the Government funding process upon which these funds are dependent has been completed.