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Thursday, 11 October 2012
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Housing Assistance and Homelessness

(Question No. 2116)


Senator Payne asked the Minister representing the Minister for Housing and the Minister for Homelessness, upon notice, on 24 August 2012:

(1) Can a full breakdown be provided of the expected allocation of administered and departmental expenses in relation to Program 2.1: Housing Assistance and Homelessness Prevention, including the: (a) number; (b) level; and (c) location, of all departmental staff employed under the program, up to the most recent date for which this data is available.

(2) Can a full breakdown be provided of administered and departmental expenses for the 2011 12 financial year.

(3) Can the full departmental structure for Program 2.1 and Program 2.2 be provided, including the number and level of staff in each relevant section.


Senator Chris Evans: The Minister for Housing and the Minister for Homelessness provides the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1) and (2) The administered budget for Outcome 2.1 in 2012-13 is $33.58 million; comprising $24.16 million for Youth Homelessness (Reconnect) and $9.42 million for HOME Advice, National Homelessness Strategy, National Housing Priorities and Homelessness Research Strategy.

Total departmental staffing resources devoted to Outcomes 2.1 and 2.2 are provided in the Department’s 2011 12 Annual Report. These resources include an attribution of corporate, network and other departmental support. Total staffing in the Housing, Homelessness and Money Management Group allocated to programs 2.1 and 2.2 are provided in response to Question 3 below. The Department and Group use resources flexibly across the programs and do not separately allocate resources to each program. In addition to managing the administered appropriations, the Group undertakes a range of activities in support of the broader objectives under Outcomes 2.1 and 2.2. A summary of these activities can be found in the Department’s Annual Reports.

Departmental staff under Outcome 2.1 are located in Canberra.

(3) Outcome 2.1 and Outcome 2.2 are managed by the Housing, Homelessness and Money Management Group. The structure of the Group, numbers and levels of staff for the relevant housing and homelessness elements is in the table below.

Branch/Section

Level

Actual FTE at 3 September 2012

Group Executive

SES Band 2

APS 5

0.8

1

Group Support

EL2

EL1

APS 6

APS 4

1

2

2.1

0.8

Housing Policy Branch

Branch Executive

 

SES Band 1

APS 6

 

1

1

Housing Payments Section

EL2

EL1

1

4.5

Community Housing Policy

EL2

EL1

APS 5

1

1

1

Housing Policy Section

EL2

EL1

APS 6

APS 5

1.6

1

1

1

Research Section

EL2

EL1

APS 5

APS 4

1

3.5

2

0.2

Homelessness Policy Branch

Branch Executive

 

SES Band 1

APS 5

 

1

0.8

Homelessness Policy Section

EL2

EL1

APS 6

APS 5

1

4

1

1.8

Homelessness Engagement Section

EL2

EL1

APS 6

APS 5

1

2

3

0.7

Data and Analysis Section

EL2

EL1

APS 4

1

2

0.8

Commonwealth State Relations Branch

Branch Executive

 

SES Band 1

APS 5

 

1

1

Commonwealth State Committees Section

EL2

EL1

APS 6

1

2

0.5

Homelessness Agreements Section

EL2

EL1

APS 6

APS 5

1

1.8

2.5

2

Housing Agreements Section

EL2

EL1

APS 6

APS 5

1

3.8

6

1

Housing Affordability Programs Branch

Branch Executive

 

SES Band 1

EL1

APS 5

 

1

1

1

Housing Affordability Reforms Section

EL2

0.6

Housing Affordability Fund Section

EL2

EL1

APS 6

APS 5

1

3

2.9

1.9

Building Better Regional Cities Program Section

EL2

EL1

APS 6

1

2

2

NRAS Policy Section

EL2

EL1

APS 6

APS 4

1

2

8.8

1

NRAS Program Section

EL2

EL1

APS 6

APS 5

APS 4

APS 3

1

3

4.6

3

3

1