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Thursday, 29 November 2012
Page: 14086

Health and Ageing: Commonwealth Grants

(Question Nos 1261 and 1265)


Mr Briggs asked the Minister for Health, in writing, on 18 September 2012:

1) For (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, and (d) 2011-12, how many Commonwealth grants were approved by the Minister’s department, and at what total cost.

2) For 2012-13 (to date), how many Commonwealth grants were approved by the Minister’s department and at what total cost, and of these, how many have (a) signed funding agreements, and at what total cost, and (b) been paid to the approved recipients, and at what total cost.


Ms Plibersek: The answers to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

(1) Grants approved by the Department of Health and Ageing were:

(a) 2008-09: 2,716. $1.99 billion (inc GST);

(b) 2009-10: 5,499. $4.96 billion (inc GST);

(c) 2010-11: 3,347. $3.44 billion (inc GST); and

(d) 2011-12: 3,955. $6.90 billion (inc GST).

The values provided represent the original grant approval amount which may include multi-year agreements, and do not include potential subsequent variations. Details of funding agreement values are published on the Department’s website.

(2) For the period 1 July 2012 to 18 September 2012, 2,602 grants were approved by the Department of Health and Ageing, to the value of $4.65 billion (inc GST). Of these:

(a) 2,602 funding agreements have been signed at a value of $4.65 billion (inc GST); and

(b) to provide the requested information would involve an unreasonable diversion of departmental resources.