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Monday, 10 November 2008
Page: 10449


Mr Farmer asked the Minister for Youth, in writing, on 28 August 2008:

(1)   Did she increase the funding in 2008-09 from the previous year for the Transition to Independent Living Allowance.

(2)   How many young people were assisted by the Transition to Independent Living Allowance in 2007-08.

(3)   What additional funding or support is she providing to reach the 2008-09 estimate of 1600 young people accessing the Transition to Independent Living Allowance.


Ms Kate Ellis (Minister for Youth and Minister for Sport) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   TILA funding in 2008-09 year remained unchanged from the previous year at $2.56 million.

(2)   The total number of young people who were assisted by the TILA program in 2007-08 year was 1,504.

(3)   The funding of a single national TILA provider is expected to increase the take-up rate for the Allowance. In line with the terms of their funding agreement, the contracted service provider is required to promote the program widely and develop an enhanced data collection system. Since signing the contract in 2007, Southern Youth & Family Services has already introduced a number of improvements, including:

  • working with key stakeholders to increase awareness and proper use of the program;
  • developing a website advertising the program (www.tila.org.au); and
  • streamlining the approval processes (including modifications to the application form).